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Why are roller coasters so much fun? Is it because of the rush of speed as you plummet down multiple stories in a seeming free fall? Or is it being thrown into your seat as you race up a hill? Or is it the corkscrew turns that twist your stomach upside-down? Or perhaps it is the adrenaline that races through your body as you finish the ride and shakily walk away. Regardless, roller coasters attract the old and the young alike. It is a personal conquest of overcoming your fears. And it is a social experience.

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As I recently embarked on a new job search a few weeks ago, I started thinking about how similar looking for a job is to riding a roller coaster. You have the excitement and rush that you experience with each and every job you apply for, and the twists and turns that you feel with every interview you have. As you stand in line waiting to head off on your voyage, you may be accompanied with friends or family, but as you go through your ride, you start to get to know all of the people ahead and behind you in line. You have a shared experience, where you feel the same bumps, curves, twists and turns. At that point in time, you relate and have the same joy and fear as you ride.

The Job Search

I find that as I look for a job, I encounter a wide range of emotions. I have gone through the “fear” stage – think climbing that long hill at the beginning of the roller coaster. Will you get a job? What type of job will it be? What will the company be like? What type of people will work there? What will your new boss be like? Will you be successful in this new job? Will the company see the value that you bring? Lots of anticipation and trepidation, as you got ready to head on your journey.

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Post image for Old Fashioned Content Delivery About New Fashioned Technology – Scholastic Discover More “Technology” Book

I usually write about technology and gadgets. Anything bright and shiny really gets my attention, so much so, that I have little to no time to read books as most of my reading is confined to trade publications and articles. My children, however, especially my youngest daughter seem to LOVE reading, which is exciting. However, I just got my hands on an advanced copy of new book coming out soon by Scholastic as part of a new series called “Scholastic Discover More.” The book that caught my attention in particular was one called “Technology – How today’s technology really works” by Clive Gifford.

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Targeted towards the “Expert Reader” (ages 9-13), the “Technology” book actually was one of the first books that I have picked up and “read” in quite a long time. I put “read” in quotes because it is actually more of an advanced picture book than a book of literature. However, that doesn’t mean that it is better or worse in any way. In fact, the book is not only engaging, but it is truly educational. And, as with books about any type of technology, I would have thought that it would be instantly out of date. In fact, it is pretty current and discusses and breaks down the latest technology trends in easy to understand examples (complete with bright and shiny pictures as well). And, to top it off, each book comes with a unique code that allows you to download a digital companion to it.

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The structure of the “Technology” book is unique. For starters, it is broken up in to chapters around certain subjects and within each subject are sub-sections. The primary sections (and some of the sub-sections – I did not list all of them) are: [click to continue…]

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