Reflecting on 2014 - Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society © Touchstone Pictures

Reflecting on 2014 - Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society © Touchstone Pictures
 
A FirstStep.me Feature
 
About this time last year we had decided, yes FirstStep.me had decided, that 2014 was going to be a year full of awesomeness. Sadly though, for every high there was potentially more than one low. This year has been a period of ups and downs to say the least. With the FirstStep.me team always seeing the proverbial glass being half full, we again boldly predict that 2015 is going to be one filled with super awesomeness!
 
That paragraph right there is filled with a lot of awesome.
 
When we look back on 2014, the business and finance world was rocked by a single story that weighed in at about – I don’t know – about 25-billion Dollars. The Alibaba IPO proved to the world that the East means business. American singer Taylor Swift also removed her music catalogue from Spotify, which shook the music industry a little bit. However, none of these news stories came anywhere near the announcement that student debt in the USA reached the trillion Dollar level! That’s big money.

The basics of food *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

The basics of food *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

A FirstStep.me feature,
According to the World Food Programme (WFP.org), “Hunger Kills more people every year than Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.”

What lessons can be learnt from Rock Star Chefs in solving world hunger.

Many, and I mean many, moons ago cavemen hunted and gathered their way to sustenance. Survival was indeed the priority of prehistoric times, while cooking was quite simply down to the raw basics!

Defining a Field Guide, Game Ranger and a Tracker With NJ MORE Field Guide College

Defining a Field Guide, Game Ranger and a Tracker with NJ MORE Field Guide College

A Field Guide – Knowing the lay of the land is just one part of this career. It is a career based on knowledge mixed with respecting the natural environment around an individual.

How long does it take to qualify to become a field guide and is it correct to say nature guide? Nature or safari guide is also correct. It takes at least 55 days to obtain a level 1 qualification on a course – but this is only the legal starting point for this career.

Can anyone become a field guide? Yes, as long as you have a passion for the outdoors, speak English and love dealing with people. Guides work very hard – which is key to the profession.

Bringing brains to the game – The 3 D Player

In 2007 – FirstStep.me highlighted the importance of balancing sport with education, science and commerce.
Years later, the world of sport has become a lot more intense. Individuals now look beyond the field of play, creating careers that combine the areas of technology development, athletic studies, business acumen and of course education.
 
In South Africa, Alie Brand is responsible for setting up the Stellenbosch Rugby Academy, which focuses on building a career within the rugby industry.

groupXS

groupXS

The journey of a tech startup on a mission

The company: groupXS (groupXS.com)

Where it is all happening: based in Bayreuth in Northern Bavaria, a place famous for the musical works of Richard Wagner and home to the Bayreuth University, comes two young programmers on a mission to energise the education sector with technology.