By Esperanza Poquiz & Jul DeGeus
When Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, were first introduced, they were commonly known as expensive toys that were used to race and fly for enjoyment. Agile and small enough to fit into tight spaces, operators quickly realized they could explore alternate ways to use drones to their advantage. And so, drones were quickly integrated into the workforce, providing assistance and efficiency to select industries. Here are a few:
- Photography –Using drones, photographers are able to get aerial photographs. This is an advantage as it allows the photographer to capture an image without disrupting the moment. These sky-high snapshots are a great way for beginners to set their portfolio apart from the rest. Whether it’s shooting for weddings, corporate events or just artistic curiosity, drone photography has become a popular request. Even real estate agencies look to drone operator photographers to shoot from above ground and to get a 360° view their properties.
- Company Inspections and Surveillance – A variety of different types of properties require maintenance and inspections on a on a daily basis. There are facilities that prove to be too dangerous to inspect manually, so instead of having an inspector assess the property, companies enlist the aid of drones to access the area. Additionally, drones enable companies, like wind farms or constructions sites, to survey the land for design.
- Films- Always wanted to be a part of filming a big blockbuster hit? Cinematography, like parts featured in movies such as Skyfall, Jurassic World and Captain America: Civil War, sometimes require shots to be filmed by drones. If Hollywood is not your scene but you still have a passions for filming, videographers use drones to capture events like weddings, documentaries and commercials.
- First Responders – Drones are supporting our community heroes by feeding rescuers live video streams that allow them to assess situations to come up with the safest plan before going into a hostile environment. First responders use drone operators to help locate people who are missing in an area that is too large to cover by foot, while fire fighters and police assign drones with the task of detecting people in danger and finding the safest path in life-threatening situations.
- Deliveries-Large companies, like Walmart, Amazon and Google, are testing out idea of using drone operators for delivery services. This feature could hasten the delivery process of online orders. Instead of waiting days for a package to arrive, the consumer could receive the package in hours.
- Drone Racing- What once started as a casual pastime, drone racing has become a popular tech sport. Drone operating teams enter competitions for cash prizes and companies have given the winners of these matches sponsorships and contracts to continue racing for money.
If this has sparked your interest check out our Unmanned Aircraft Systems course to help you get started towards your career!
By: Esperanza Poquiz; Edited by Jul DeGeus
The interview process is often found to be nerve-wracking, but preparing yourself can help relieve some of the stress. These training tips can help brace you for your next interview session:
Before the Interview
Gathering materials is essential when going into your interview. Have everything that you need organized and assembled the night before. Bring pens, a notebook, two or more copies of your resume, and your portfolio, if applicable. Research the company and its mission statement prior to the meeting. You should have at least three questions relevant to the company or the position you applied for ready to ask your interviewer.
Dress For the Job You Want
Wearing appropriate clothing promotes a lasting first impression. Stay away from busy patterns and wear neutral colors like: gray, black, white and navy blue. Upon the initial meeting, be sure to have great posture, a firm handshake and a smile on your face.
Confidence is Key
During the engagement, remain confident. Stay away from touching your face and playing with your hair. Keep hand gestures to a minimum and speak with proper grammar. Projecting enthusiasm allows the hiring manager see your interest in obtaining the position, as well as your positivity. Show them that you are able to take initiative and know what you want.
Refrain from stating negative comments about previous employment. Be brief on why you no longer have a position. Don’t focus too much on pay or schedules; these are more appropriate to talk about in a second interview or after you have received a job offer. Turn off or silence your phone and do not use it during the interview.
Once you feel that you are ready, test these tips and conduct a mock interview with your friends or family. Good luck with your next interview!
The United States celebrates Independence Day every July 4th as the nation’s birthday. The holiday more accurately represents the date in 1776 when the 13 “United Colonies” declared freedom from the British Empire by adopting the Declaration of Independence. The colonists went on to defeat Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, which led to the formation of a new independent nation. Here are some important facts on 4th of July history.
Source: Library of Congress.
Early American Timeline
- May 15, 1776 – Virginia Convention approves a resolution to declare independence
- June 7, 1776 – The Resolution of Independence, also known as the Lee Resolution, is proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia
- June 11, 1776 – Colonists meet in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence
- July 2, 1776 – The Continental Congress votes for independence
- July 4, 1776 – The Continental Congress adopts the final version of the Declaration after changes are made to Thomas Jefferson’s original draft
- July 8, 1776 – Ringing of bells at Independence Square in Philadelphia marks the first public readings of the Declaration
- August 2, 1776 – Final signatures of the Declaration are completed
- November 15, 1777 – Congress ratifies the Articles of Confederation
- March 1, 1781 – Final ratification of Articles of Confederation by all states
Toward a New Nation
The writers of the Declaration were known as the “Committee of Five,” which, besides Jefferson, included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. The Declaration of Independence included a list of grievances that the colonies had toward Britain. One of the main complaints was taxation without representation.
The American Revolutionary War began in 1775 and France began aiding Americans in 1777. Other American allies included Spain and the Dutch Republic. The war lasted on American soil through 1781. The naval battle ended on September 3, 1783, when King George III of Britain signed the Treaty of Paris.
The United States finalized the Constitution on September 8, 1787. In 1789, George Washington was elected the nation’s first president. By 1790, all 13 states had ratified the Constitution. Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. Another Founding Father, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831.
Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day on July 4, 1777. After that, the celebrations spread from town to town every July 4th, but it wasn’t until after 1812 that it became widespread. It wasn’t until 1870 when Congress established July 4th as an official national holiday, called “Independence Day.” Congress then reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal workers in 1938.
Celebrations often include fireworks and outdoor music events. “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem in 1931, although the lyrics were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and the melody was based on an earlier British song called “Anacreon in Heaven” by John Stafford Smith. Another popular song associated with 4th of July history is “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” written in 1896 by John Philip Sousa.
Water is an extremely important component of the human body. Without it, our bodies don’t function properly. Yet at times, it’s difficult to keep the body hydrated throughout the day. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to create a routine that will keep your body hydrated during hot, humid days on the job:
#1 Drink Fluids Regularly
Did you know that you should drink at least 2 liters of water in a day? Yes, the best and only sure way to kill dehydration is to drink water regularly. To ensure you are conveniently hydrated throughout the day, don’t wait till you feel thirsty to drink water. According to statistics, you feel thirsty when you are already 2% dehydrated. Drink small amounts of water throughout the day to ensure hydration.
#2 Improve Your Personal Lifestyle Habits
Smoking and drinking alcohol before or during work hours can adversely dehydrate your body. Avoid drinks and foods that dehydrate the body; like foods that are high in sodium. Stick to eating well-balanced meals with food, like watermelon or cucumbers, that can hydrate your body during the day.
#3 Take Short Breaks
Airport worker sitting in jet engine
If you are in a position where you can take short breaks in between your work, take them. A good ten-minute break lets you relax and take some deep breaths away from the exhausting heat at your work place. Breaks also encourage proper blood circulation in your body due to the added oxygen in the system. When it comes to performance, you’ve probably noticed that you work better when you feel relaxed. That means that taking breaks can improve your overall productivity at the end of the day.
#4 Eat More Fruits
How do you think an apple a day will keep you away from the doctor? For starters, it provides you with vitamins that protect you from regular attacks by diseases. But most importantly, the apple also contains juices that keep your body hydrated. It’s not just an apple that will you keep you hydrated however. Most fruits contain fluids and electrolytes that can keep your body hydrated. Eat a fruit every day and you will have fewer dehydration issues while you work.
No matter what kind of job you do, you want to feel healthy and at your very best as you do it. Sadly, there are moments when you just get a dry mouth, feel extremely thirsty and lose focus on your job. Luckily, with the tips above, you can stay hydrated and improve your productivity every day. Just remember that the tips above are not similar to a doctor’s expertise. For the best information on how to stay hydrated, consult your physician and visit your doctor if you feel abnormally dehydrated.
Campus open houses are the time to experience how it feels to attend a certain college. It’s also the time to ask important questions since campus staff is available to assist you. While the amount of questions you could ask is endless, we’ve compiled questions you don’t want to forget to get the answers to when visiting an open house:
- What is your process of admission?
This question helps you assess your chances of getting admitted into the college based on your qualification details.
- What are your educational requirements?
- What do I need to succeed while at this campus?
Get an idea of the personal principles and values you need to do well at the college. This question also helps you evaluate the general attitude of the campus towards education and non-academic issues.
- What is the total cost of my tuition?
This could be a broad question, so break it down into sections you consider most important to you. Ask about the tuition fees and the types of payment plans offered. And don’t stop there. Go on to read any financial guide the campus gives you to ensure that you are ready to handle all the financial obligations.
- Are tools and books included in tuition?
- Does the program you’re interested in require a uniform? If so, is it included in tuition?
- Are there any scholarship programs available?
- Do you have financial aid programs for your students?
Most schools do and it’s important that you find out so you have the opportunity to access a form of extra financial support.
Questions about the Campus Environment
- What is the overall campus environment like?
Learn the “vibe” of the campus and it surrounding facilities to make sure that it is an environment that you can adapt to and will be comfortable in for a long period of time.
- What kind of social activities does your campus participate in?
Find out what types of events are held at the campus, if any. This could be a way for you to meet new friends and also network to find a connection for your career down the line.
Adult Learners- Support Questions
With more responsibility comes more questions. You may be presented with a different set of obstacles that require you to seek out additional support to make your education possible.
- Do you aid in job placement assistance?
- What counseling and guidance services do you offer to students? Are these services accessible?
- Is tutoring available?
- Is there a Student Center?
- Do you offer child care or have services nearby?
- Transportation is key. Do you have a ride share program or provide transportation services for students who don’t have a vehicle?
- What can career services help me with?
Be sure you ask the questions that are most important to you when attending an open house. Make the most out of this opportunity to get the information you need to help decide if the institution is right for you!