Job markets are turning out to be highly competitive with the increasing number of talented professionals. But is there a rise of employment opportunities in accordance with the number of job applicants-the simple answer is, ‘no.’
Corporate world is facing ups and down due meltdown and the effect as economists and experts believe, has to stay for at least till 2014. So how can you get ahead of other candidates in the today’s competitive job market? With some added values and skills. Licensure exams provide you the opportunity to find an edge over the competitions and get advanced in the career. In most cases, they are even essential for initiating a career. Take a look at the following examples.
Social work : If you are interested to work for the society and completed an academic program in Social work, then it is the time for attending licensing exams. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and California Board of Behavioural Sciences (BBS specific to California) develops and maintains licensing exams for the candidates. Even though eligibility requirements vary according to the states, a MSW (Masters in Social Work) is a minimal degree requirement. ASWB conducts four categories of social work licensing examinations and each with 170 four option multiple choice questions.
Counselling : Counsellors work in different areas of life by providing guidance and emotional assistance for the individuals. But to start your career as a professional counsellor, you must be licensed. National Board of Certified Counsellors (NBCC) administers the licensing examinations for counsellors in all states. Eligibility requirements vary from state to state, but all of them require the combination of a master’s degree, supervised clinical experience and qualifying scores in a state recognized examination.
Nursing : Nursing is one of the most noblest and lucrative profession in the healthcare industry. But one should hold a license to work as a nurse in the medical field. National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that provides licenses. There are mainly two exam categories NCLEX-RN for registered nurse with 265 questions and NCLEX-PN for practical nurses with 205 questions. Attending NCLEX-RN exam requires a bachelors of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma in nursing. Completion of an accredited practical nursing program from any vocational schools or community colleges will allow the students to appear for the NCLEX-PN exams. In NCLEX-RN exams, the minimum you need to answer is 75 questions and that of NCLEX-PN is 85.
Nuclear power reactor operators : Controlling the operations of nuclear power plants are performed by nuclear power reactor operators. In addition with the educational qualification and extensive job training, the individuals must be licensed through the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). If the applicants meet the educational requirements, then it’s the time for a medical examination that checks for physical and mental fitness. If NRC decides that the applicant’s qualifications and physical conditions are acceptable, they can appear for the NRC licensing exams. License issued for the candidates will be valid only for 6 years. So they have to renew it every 6 years and pass medical exams in every 2 years to continue in their job.
A license marks you as a professional in the career field. Working hard with extensive study guides and tutoring will help you to pass the licensing exams. Always remember that it take just one exam to step into your dream career with an added job value. So motivate yourself and stay confident.
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