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Melani Ward
Melani Ward is a writer, educator and content creator. She specializes in helping people communicate their knowledge and expertise through well-designed online courses using a variety of elearning platforms. She also writes about food and the psychology of eating. Check out one of her websites at or You can also email her with topic ideas or questions at

Entries by Melani Ward

How to Defend Against a Bad Career Choice

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Many people have an aversion to experiments because they don't like the uncertainty of their outcomes or the risk that accompanies them. Most of the experiments that we conduct in the world of work leave the potential for surprise, and as much as we think we like them, we kind...

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Why Women Over 40 Make the Best Interns

(7) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 6:35 PM

When it comes to getting the job done, the backside of 40 never looked so good.

If you think deepening wrinkles, the need for a more flexible schedule due to multiple kids at home, and a large resume gap because of raising kids are the only reasons to welcome...

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Skills for Chicagoland's Future Allows the Crème to Rise to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 1:13 PM

One morning while knee deep in her work as a support technician at a non-profit, Daphne Jemison was called into the HR office and was told she was part of a reduction in force.

It took her over a year to find another job.

You've probably heard this story...

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Take a Year Off, Find Your Ideal Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:12 AM

If six months ago you had told me to take a year off so I could find my "dream job" I would have started sweating, breathing heavily and talking really fast about why that is the dumbest idea in the world.

Don't misunderstand me. Being able to get out of...

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Review of This Film Is Not Yet Rated -- NC-17

(13) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 2:46 PM

This super juicy and highly entertaining documentary investigates the people and workings of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film ratings system, Hollywood's dirty little secret.

I have to admit the last time I spent this much time caring about the ratings of a movie was when I was...

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Tweezers, Blocks and Tones I Can't Hear -- It's All About the Aptitudes

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:19 PM

My palms were sweaty and my heart was beating just a bit too fast as I drove far and south down the interstate toward the Johnson O'Conner Research Foundation in the Denver Tech Center.

I had signed up for their aptitude testing program after reading about them in...

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Creativity: Give Your Mind Some Mischief

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 11:12 AM

Google is ahead of the curve in many areas but one of their best practices by far is giving their engineers the freedom to spend 20% of their work hours doing whatever they want. For some this means surfing the web, for some it means more time on their bike...

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