Written by Liana Metal

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be atrepparttar start of a new era? It’s a thrilling feeling of achievement, and a great confidence –booster as well.

As a mom of two, I’ve had to share my life between my family and my job in a school. I’ve spent long days and nights caring forrepparttar 107120 others, until, one day after years, I came upon my son’s newly purchased computer.

Since then I’ve been a computer addict -(mind you, I didn’t even know how to turn it on at first!)- and I finally got started in my new online career: Book Reviewing!

It had never occurred to me that I could get all that information fromrepparttar 107121 web; after all, my son and daughter used it only for playing games for hours on end. But it proved to be a very useful tool to me, and to my kids inrepparttar 107122 long run.

At first , everyone inrepparttar 107123 family teased me watching me try to learn allrepparttar 107124 nuts and bolts of this device.

‘It’s forrepparttar 107125 kids,’ my husband would say. ‘You will only get frustrated and tired. It’s not for you, at your age!’

However, I was not discouraged! ‘What’s wrong with my age? Being in my forties is not a problem . I can still learn a lot !’ I would reply.

And I was right. After a couple of months of perseverance , I started feeling confident enough to handle it , and now, my kids started asking me to explain to them a couple of tech things! Imagine that!

I still can’t believe it I’ve learned so many things all on my own. Of course , I was always trying to find some spare time –and that wasrepparttar 107126 hardest part of it – but inrepparttar 107127 end I followed a specific timetable that proved to be a very good idea. I had also to buy a book aboutrepparttar 107128 Internet , a mini guide , butrepparttar 107129 rest ofrepparttar 107130 information was available online. Apart from getting educated in this field, I’ve also made some great new friends all overrepparttar 107131 world.

Book reviewing was an unexpected activity I came across while reading a newsletter online. Since I’m an avid reader , I took to it at once. Now, I review print books, e-books, I maintain my own site online and I send articles to various sites all overrepparttar 107132 world. Freelancing online is a great way to reach people and places everywhere onrepparttar 107133 planet.

Coming back to book reviewing, I find it great as I get a lot of free copies from authors and companies from all overrepparttar 107134 world, and I add them to my bookshelf. Reviewing other people’s books has also helped me to learn how to write my own book . I have even learnt how to make a PDF book, an electronic book . I would like to share some information with you in case you are interested in becoming a book reviewer.

My Fifteen Year Job Search

Written by Ieuan Dolby

The inscrutable Malaysian Immigrations Officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport caused me a moment’s consternation with his question until I realized that he was just making small talk whilst manically trying to stamp allrepparttar bits of paper that I had placed on his otherwise spotless Formica top. I had just finished six weeks work in Kuantan, Malaysia and was eager to get home; he was just starting his 8hr shift and was bored already.

He started off by asking me where in Malaysia I had been working and for how long. He then asked me if all of that time had been spent onboard one vessel! His next question heraldedrepparttar 107119 real start of his small talk, “what sort of life is that” was his opening gambit. Initially thinking that he had suspicions over my activities forrepparttar 107120 last six weeks, my heart started to pack its bags forrepparttar 107121 rapid journey to my mouth. But then realizing that he was just asking a simple and friendly question I told my heart to stop hammering like an out of balance washing machine and to remain where it was.

It took me a while to register his question and byrepparttar 107122 time I had thought up a reply he was massaging his aching elbow and viewing up his next customer with weighted suspicion.

But I most certainly did not forget his untimely question. In fact his query prompted me to write this article. And to rethink my whole way of life and more than anything else it has made me reconsider my future career path.

I have in all truthfulness been looking for an alternative job for nearly fifteen years. Yep, none of these spur ofrepparttar 107123 moment career searches that peter away to nothing when faced with an awesome pile of possibilities that would take an archivist a full year to locaterepparttar 107124 elusive ‘needle in a haystack’ job that might or might not berepparttar 107125 one. I was not looking for a job via a casual glance through a Sunday newspaper whilst sitting out inrepparttar 107126 garden with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and mulling over mowingrepparttar 107127 lawn. My fifteen year search for employment has been ongoing, intricate and in-depth. My search forrepparttar 107128 ideal future job,repparttar 107129 one that would take me away fromrepparttar 107130 sea and onto land has been energetic and involved, persuasive and of course very demanding upon my soul and time.

For fifteen years I have been looking for a shore-based and long term career anywhere inrepparttar 107131 world. And for all of that time I have remained working at sea and onboard ships.

My Malaysian Immigration Officer through his well meaning and casually uttered question has made me realize that one of these fine days I will have to accept a job that has been offered to me. It sounds daft now that I write it down on paper, but in these endless years of bewailingrepparttar 107132 fact that I want to leaverepparttar 107133 sea but cannot because nobody will offer me a job, I have turned down many a wonderful offer.

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