In Case You Missed It: I am my Sister’s Keeperđź’“- PODCAST 4: Maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees and or formal coursework


Today is : Monday February 26th, 2018

Podcast Segments plan: Professional Development – Maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees and or formal coursework

This podcast will consists of 4 segments:

  • Details on maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees or formal coursework
  • Hot topic of the previous week
  • Sister of the week
  • My closing last words

Segment 1:

Maintaining professional credentials like academic degrees and or formal coursework

Most people set career goals, others just go with the flow. Setting career goals are one of the ways to stay relevant, and compete in today’s job market. If you are one of those people who set very realistic goals, but finding it hard to make it to the next level in your career, then consider investing in furthering your education. By investing in furthering your education, you become more desirable to employers. Moreso, studies have shown, “that there is an average of $25,000 earnings difference between grads and non-grads.” Other benefits include, job security and satisfaction, feeling empowered and a stronger sense of self. Of course, time and money is everything. Nevertheless, you are not without options. You can get an accredited certification in your field or an Associate degree.

Of course, time and money is everything. Nevertheless, you are not without options. You can get an accredited certification in your field or an Associate degree. Of course, time and money is everything. Nevertheless, you are not without options. You can get an accredited certification in your field or an Associate degree. Make sure the credits from your Associate degree are transferable towards a full degree later. I recommend researching the degrees or certifications that will offer you the most return for your investment. Remember, the more knowledge you have in your field the more respect you garner from your clients and peers. More importantly, It’s very helpful when you apply for a new position or ask for a promotion.

Here are a list of reminders you should cross off your credential and educations portfolio:

  • keep your academic degrees and or certificates of formal coursework up to date.
  • Keep your licenses and or permits up to date according to your states current rules and regulations.
  • Keep those documents in a readily available portfolio.

Segment 2

Hot topics Of last week

1. Gun Control –
The Atlantic reported, teenagers across South Florida, in areas near Washington, D.C., and in other parts of the United States staged protests against the horror of school shootings. They march to advocate for gun law reforms in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and injured many others.
2. President Trump –
The weekend following the mass shooting at the high school, in Parkland Florida, President Trump visited the kids that were injured in the shooting. He then promised to have a “listening” gathering at the White House with parents who lost their kids in the shooting, educators and other government officials. In the meeting, he suggested one of the ways we can battle school shooting is to have teachers who are ‘adept’ to guns secure the schools by carrying guns themselves. He was reported saying, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” Okay.
3. Russia
In Russian news, we learned that 13 Russians operative, (correction from podcast) where indicted by a grand jury in the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller’s investigation related to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email hacking of then Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
4. Immigration
We are no longer talking about immigration. It’s as if America has short attention deficit. Our attention span is so short, it renders us unable to focus on more than one topic at a time.

My two cents:
It is without saying that I’m rooting for the kids who are protesting for new gun laws. I want them to win, and if they win, we all win. But, I cannot help to feel a little disillusioned. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. I’ll work it out with my God. But, in the meantime, let me say this: where was our meeting at the White House when “Black Lives Matter,” protested against police officers shooting unarmed black men and women? Where was Oprah, who was reported to have donated 500,000 to the cause? Needless to say, I won’t hold my breath in seeing changes in the way some police officers treat African Americans. On the other hand, I can take an educated guess that we will see some gun reforms sooner rather than later, because America’s buttons have been pushed. The politicians who have the National Rifle Association in their pockets are feeling the heat, and their sponsors are also feeling the pressure. So, I say it’s only a matter of time.

Segment 3

Sister of the week

  1. This segment is called sister of the week. This is when we pick a sister that is doing it, kicking butts, and taking name. We can have multiple sisters, because why not.

I was up late last night looking for my next sister of the week, and as I was about to give up and go to bed, she came to me like a flash of lighting. I suddenly realized I’d known this sister for quite sometimes. It is with great pleasure that I announce this week sister of week:
Ms. Karen Velasquez is a Marketing & Business Development Officer and Digital Media Specialist at Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union in jersey city new jersey. In addition to working full time at the bank, Ms.Velasquez is an educator, motivator, mentor and a community outreach organizer. During the time that I have known and worked with Ms. Velasquez, I know everything she does is about changing lives in her community, giving back and empowering men and women alike. But, what I love most of all about my sister Ms. Velasquez is, her kindness and warm inviting qualities. So, I applaud my sister, and I say keep up the great work!

Segment 4

Closing – last words

  1. Last but not least, as I say Goodbye to you, remember the bible says: “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”
  2. This is from me, a quote from positive mind:
    “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are.”

With that said:
Leave me an audio of who your sister of the week is, and what you are doing or have done to increase your educational goals.

In the meantime, for those of you who would like to stay in touch throughout the week you can follow me on Twitter @Jackie 227 or on Instagram at desmanglessumpter.


Until we talk again, take care of yourself, be good to you and don’t forget to smile. Live every day as if it was your last, because tomorrow is not promised. I hope you come back next week. Good bye.

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