Are You Prepared for these 5 Healthcare Interview Questions?

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Do you want to work in the healthcare industry, as a medical assistant, dental assistant or practical nurse? Well, you can expect to hear some key questions over and over again when you head out on job interviews. Hiring managers will want to know that you’ve had the right career training, so they’ll ask you all about what you’ve learned and where you learned it. They’ll also want to know something about who you are and how you might be a benefit to their organization. Here are 5 healthcare job interview questions you might encounter and the kinds of answers you could offer in response: 1)  Why do you feel you’re qualified for this job? If you want to get hired, you’ll need to give … [Read more...]

An Automotive Technology Career: Is it Right for You?


If you’re passionate about cars and think you might like to work with them every day, check out the new Porter and Chester Institute automotive technician infographic. Our easy-to-follow guide will show you the skills you’ll need, the places you might work and some of the opportunities that could await you in this rewarding career. Take a look now: … [Read more...]

Career Changing Myths Busted

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Have you been considering changing careers, but keep hearing stories that have you second-guessing your choices? There are a lot of career changing myths out there and it’s time to bust them wide open! You’re too old: Whether you’re 25 or 45, you might feel like you’re too old to make a move to a new career, but you couldn’t be more wrong! The life expectancy of the average American is almost 80 years old and a man reaching 65 today can expect to live, on average, until 84.3. Women live even longer! You’ve got plenty of time to find, switch and have a rewarding career even if you’ve been working for years already. [Tweet "Plenty of time to change careers: the life expectancy of an … [Read more...]

Retraining for a Great Career in Dental Assisting

Terri O'Brien

When Terri O’Brien got laid off from her job, she was frightened and nervous about her future. In her 50s, she didn’t think she stood much of a shot  in a competitive job market. Then, a career advisor explained the concept of retraining and urged her to think about starting a new career. “I didn’t think it would be easy,” said Terri “and I wasn’t sure I could do it.” But Terri decided she had to give it a try. She settled in on dental assisting as her new career goal and enrolled at a school specializing in allied health. However, the school soon closed. Terri could have given up at that first obstacle. Instead, she focused on finding the right school for career training that would … [Read more...]

How to (and not to) Use Social Media

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Social media has taken the world by storm. From 10-year-old children to their 70-year-old grandparents, everyone around us is actively using social media for personal and professional use. Just about three-fourths of adults have jumped on to the digital bandwagon, and for 18-29 year-olds, that number shoots up to 89 percent. Social media is a good way to keep in touch with family and friends. You can share ideas and information and learn about what’s going on in the world. It’s also a great networking tool whether you’re looking to find a new career or advance in the one you already have. But for all its benefits, social media can also be tricky to navigate. You need to understand how to … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Choose a New Career in the New Year

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There’s no better time to make a change for the better than at the beginning of a brand new year. And if you’re thinking of starting on the path to a new career, 2015 could be your year! The economy is improving, there are jobs to be found across a wide range of industries and employers are on the lookout for good employees. Could that be you? Here are 4 reasons why the New Year could be the best time for you to get started on your way to a new career. The economy is booming According to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate is at a six-year low. Even better, job gains averaged 241,000 per month throughout 2014, putting it on track to be the strongest year for hiring in 15 … [Read more...]

How Nurses Help Make the Holidays Better for the Patients

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No one likes being in the hospital, especially during the holidays. Even when patients are lucky enough to have lots of visitors, the people they rely on most during a hospital stay are often their nurses. Those nurses not only have the all-important job of helping patients regain their health, but they can also help make the holidays better and brighter for them. Here’s how they do it: Get them healthy. At the top of a nurse’s priorities is doing whatever they can to help their patients get healthy. That means following doctors’ orders and making sure that their patients understand all that they can do to get well. Nothing will make patients enjoy the holidays more than seeing signs that … [Read more...]

4 Easy Do-It-Yourself Auto Repairs and Maintenance

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You depend on your automobile every day.  And we know it’s important to keep your car well-maintained and running at peak efficiency. But auto repairs and maintenance can be costly. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a few do-it-yourself skills when it comes to your car. Here are 4 do-it-yourself auto maintenance and repairs that can save you time and money: Check and top off your oil. Oil lubricates all the moving parts inside your engine and gives them a cool and protective coating that helps prevent corrosion. It also carries impurities to the oil filter so stray particles don’t damage your engine. Without proper lubrication, your engine could “seize”—fail totally due to metal parts … [Read more...]

A Peek Into the Current Job Outlook in New England

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Have you noticed that businesses seem to be bustling again? Shops and restaurants are crowded and people are out in force, spending money. That’s because more people are working. Both New England and the nation surpassed pre-recession employment levels in May 2014. From September 2013 to September 2014, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent to 6.4 percent in Connecticut and from 7.2 percent to 6.0 percent in Massachusetts. There were more than 4.5 million job openings in the U.S. at the end of September, so there are lots of jobs out there, but do you have the right skills and training to land one? Information technology is expected to have the greatest employment growth in New … [Read more...]

Dental Assisting Training: Her First Step to Success


Laura Puleo knew she wanted a change. Being a single mom with a little girl to care for, Laura started exploring career options that might help her provide a better life for her daughter. “I was actually enrolled in a medical assisting program at another school,” said Laura. But then Laura checked out the dental assisting program at Porter and Chester Institute. She says that the school tour changed her mind and her plans. “They were really interested in me,” said Laura. “They helped me see how dental assisting would be a better fit for my personal skillset and my future.” Through the externship program, she was even able to professionally interact with patients and dental staff. … [Read more...]