Saturday, November 22, 2014

Breaking Bad

I finished watching Breaking Bad a couple of weeks ago. It was real good and so addictive that I found myself watching an episode or two every night. I'd binge watch on the weekends. I couldn't wait to login to Netflix to watch what Walter White and Jesse Pinkman would do next. The series was every bit as good as people said it was. Coming in I had sky high expectations for Breaking Bad because of the great number of my friends who had seen it, reacted positively to it, and recommended it. I have to say though some people spoiled the ending for me so I won't do the same for the people who haven't seen it. I am looking forward to watching the Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

University of Cincinnati Master of Science Degree Diploma

It's official! Today, I received my diploma from the University of Cincinnati. I can't express how happy and proud I am of my Master of Science degree. I told my mom, my aunt, my dad and basically everyone on my social media. I even tweeted my diploma photo to Santa Ono, the President of the University of Cincinnati, and even got a congratulatory reply from him and the official UC Twitter account. So it's been an awesome Saturday.

Here is a pic of my University of Cincinnati diploma.

Marc Pongpamorn's Master of Science diploma from the University of Cincinnati.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Professional Career Opportunities Civil Service Exam

So awhile back in March I took the civil service exam called the Professional Career Opportunities exam.  In order to take this exam you had to have at least a Bachelor's degree. On the day that I took the exam the line stretched around the block. I was surprised that there were so many exam takers but certainly not shocked with the economy being the way.

I arrived earlier than scheduled, but the exam did not start on time. In fact, because there were so many people the exam actually started an hour after it was originally scheduled. It was unbelievable that there was this many candidates. The people there were probably employed like me and wanted a better, more secured job like a civil service position. However, I have a feeling that a large chunk of the people there were also unemployed. It's a shame really that there were so many college graduates with very little job prospects. I rarely place blame on anyone but on that day I felt that the higher education failed us.

Before the actual exam they told us to fill out a questionnaire. I filled it out and they told me that I was a good fit to become a Criminal Justice program analyst. The starting pay would be about $38,000, which is a decent starting salary for a new college grad, but not someone like me. However, since I will have my Master's in Criminal Justice soon, I believe this position would suit me best. I hope to get this Criminal Justice Program Analyst position, but they haven't released the scores yet. They had originally told us to wait three to four months for exam results.

So were going on four plus months of waiting to hear the results and I'm nearing my graduation date of August 9. That's when I will have officially earned my Master's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. But due to the overwhelming number of exam takers in March for this Professional Career Opportunities exam, I will have to do some more waiting. I'm not alone in this, there are others who are waiting anxiously too. Let's hope they finish grading the exams soon. I'm a patient person, but I'm also a realist. I know there are so many over qualified applicants like myself and so little civil service positions. It all boils down to simple economics and supply and demand. Let's hope I'm wrong and there are plenty of positions available for everyone. That's just the optimist in me. Hey who says you can't be a realist and an optimist?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why I Think LinkedIn and Twitter are Underrated.

I am on LinkedIn and I browse through LinkedIn quite often. So often in fact that I have over 1000 connections on that social networking site.

Ok I will admit the reason why I have so many LinkedIn connections is because I once belonged to an open networking group. That doesn't take away the fact that I am very active on LinkedIn and the reason why I am always on LinkedIn is because I like to browse through people's profiles and see what credentials they have listed on their resume. I learned about Google Adwords certification from doing just that. I think LinkedIn and Twitter are priceless resources when it comes to learning from the very best.

I believe in the concept of modeling excellence. I once learned this concept when I was 19 years old studying NLP for the very first time. At that age I wanted to be a psychiatrist and I had no idea the amount of years and study it took to become one. Anyways, modeling excellence in my own words means repeating the steps someone successful does in order to become successful yourself. The concept is simple, you model excellent behavior, you achieve success.

LinkedIn and Twitter allows you access to these successful people whom you normally wouldn't be able to associate with just 10 years ago. It's an extraordinarily powerful tool and best of all it's free. Well, unless you have a LinkedIn Premium subscription like I do then you pay $99 per month. But I will tell you LinkedIn Premium is worth way more than that. Even the LinkedIn ads are sometimes useful and I find myself clicking on them because they read just like articles. Fortunately for me I've been offered a free month of LinkedIn Premium on three different occasions.

I encourage everyone reading this to follow some smart people or business leaders in your field on Twitter and LinkedIn. See what they are doing, how they are successful, and model their behaviors. Meaning do the things they do to become successful. It's a free resource! Use it and thank me later.