Ever Thought of Being a Hair Dresser?

I went to get my hair colored and cut today and while talking to my hairdresser who owns her own shop I found out that she needs a couple of hair dressers to fill out her staff. Beverly Pastorek is the owner of the Classic Touch Hair Designer here in Berwyn, IL. She would be a great person to work for because she is very active in the community and has a lot of connections besides being a fair employer. Beverly is looking for honest individuals who are people of integrity as well as being fine hair dressers. Her salon is located off Stanley Avenue by the Berwyn Train Depo around the corner at 3214 S. Grove. It is an ideal location close to the train so you can get your hair trimmed and styled on the way home from work or on the way downtown for the night out. Coffee or Tea is offered while you are there as well as sometimes cookies. The place has a homey feeling and the staff is very friendly. If you are a hair dresser or aspire to be a hairdresser this would be a good place to start and perhaps stay for the course of your career.

Oh The Humor!…


Oh The Humor!

A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. 
When the time of the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the Instructor, saying, “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade?” 
“The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark.” After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career”.


Investing In America

Many times we need to trust our gut and my gut tells me that America is on the upswing. It seems that the Carlyle Group of investors feel the same way that I do as shown in the preceding article from The Wall Street Journal. America is the place to be and the place to believe in.

I have always believed in America because I know we are winners. One of the reasons that I know we are winners is because I know God is in control and I believe He is for us not against us. I know we are winners because we are free and we love our freedom and we will fight to maintain the freedom that we have known for so long. We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to pursue happiness, and freedom to create and build. It is the pursuit that is truly what makes us happy. When we come to realize this that is when we are truly free.

If we are always pursuing knowledge and improving ourselves, then we are growing and the sky is the limit for us. We are the only ones who limit ourselves and put chains on or put ourselves behind bars. As long as we can think for ourselves than we are free.

The most inspiring person that I think of when I think of this concept is Jason Becker who was the lead rock guitarist for David Lee Roth. He has only his eyes to communicate with because he has complete paralysis of all four of his limbs, can not speak, and is on a respirator due to having Lou Gehrig’s disease. Yet he is a successful composer and continues to compose music even today and is in the process of writing his own biography. I also think of Oscar Pistorius, who even though he has no legs, runs on metal blades and successfully ran in the 2012 Olympics. How can we not also strive to be all that we can be?

Shortage of Airline Pilots

As I fly around the United States everyday I continue searching the papers for articles talking about job availability. The biggest news I found today was the following article from The Wall Street Journal talking about the impending shortage of airline pilots that the United States will be facing in the near future. When I read this article instead of seeing this as a crises, I see it as hope of yet another field that is wide open for today’s youth to pursue. Here is a job that would be the envy of many young people as a pilot of a major carrier. Not only is it a job with a great future but it is a job that can be great fun. Often the flight crew that you will fly with will become like family as you celebrate life and holidays together. I am a flight attendant and love my job and the crews that I fly with. Yes, sometimes we are a dysfunctional family but still a family. Please get the word out so that many young people will know that here is another option when they are considering career choices. Become an Airline Pilot and see the world!

Julia McCoy Pavlicek

The Blame Game

I can say I do not really understand why people want to blame the utility companies when the lights go out. A Hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, comes through and knocks out years of work. House are completely gone. Businesses are gone. Trees and boardwalks are gone. Yet people think it should all be made right in a matter of days or less and when it is not they want to blame someone so they blame the utility companies. Why. I understand people’s frustration and irritation when they have no control over what is happening to them but why blame the very people who are trying to help? The tradesmen are working overtime to try to help put things back to normal again. Thank them instead of blaming them for something that is beyond their control as it is beyond anyone’s control. Think about it.

Julia McCoy Pavlicek

Meeting the Lineman From The Utility Company

I was in Providence, R.I. yesterday morning on my way to the airport when I met some of the linemen from a utility company in the lobby of the hotel all dressed and ready to go to work. I told them how glad I was to meet them and how I am writing a book about the vocational trades and education. I invited them to come to this blog and I hope if they did that they will comment to this Post and let me know they are here. If you are I want to thank you again for all the work you are doing to get the lines up after Hurricane Sandy or any of the other storms so that people can have electricity again. All of our creature comforts we owe to you because you are the ones who give us the electricity so we can cook, heat our homes, have lights, and use all our electrical appliances. Thank you for the work you do. You are our heros!

Julia McCoy Pavlicek

With the Sweat of Your Brow

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

When Are We Going to Stand Up and Take Our Economic Future Back

We say we want the American Dream but we keep giving all our work to China. When are we going to take America back and become the super power we once were? We can not be a society that expects everything to be given to us. We have to be hungry enough to work hard and smart to be successes and make our own way in the world.

When I went to college to be a teacher I realized that there were no jobs at the time for teachers so I changed my major to nursing. I went to school with purpose in a field where I knew I would be able to find a job when I graduated. When I graduated as a nurse I was able to get hired at the first job I interviewed for the same day that I applied. I worked as a nurse actively for eighteen years and I could always find another job the same day that one job  would end. I never had to draw unemployment because there were always numerous job openings in the field I chose.

That is how I want you to approach your education and career choices. Research and find where the jobs are numerous and then go to school and get the training in that field where you know you will be able to find a job. The best example right now is Vocational Education.

Right now there are more jobs then there are applicants in areas like construction (especially in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy), in welding and as a machinist, in air conditioning and heating, as a auto or aircraft mechanic, and other such fields. I hear business men tell me everyday when they are flying that they can not find enough workers to fill the positions in the fields listed above to do the job.

Why is there an unemployment rate? Get the training needed to get the jobs available and do not be left behind! Have a rich financial future!

Julia McCoy Pavlicek