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Keeping up to date in your profession

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Monster Jun 9, 2013. 5 Replies

In a little over a year I will be done with my studies and enter the workforce as a clinical psychologist. Even now it's evident that I'll need to keep up to date with all the improvements and new…Continue

The Great West Coast Road Trip - Advice welcome!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Native Son Apr 30, 2013. 15 Replies

Me and a friend are leaving the Scandinavian tundra for a month in July to experience life on the west coast. I would be very grateful for any tips, advice and must-sees while we're there.We're…Continue

My coffee is weak sauce

Started this discussion. Last reply by Native Son Oct 11, 2013. 17 Replies

Seeking some advice from coffee aficionados here on the board.I use a coffee grinder and french press and buy my beans from a small shop downtown. The thing is, every time I do it the coffee turns…Continue

Getting off the sidelines

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Feb 10, 2013. 2 Replies

Hello gentlemen.I'm a 27-year old student from Sweden. I've been following AoM for the better part of two years, but just now found the urge and need to sign up for the community.I've had a growing…Continue

 

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Ratchit replied to Regular Joe's discussion Night At The Pub / Bar: Button- Down Shirts VS Rugby Shirts
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Native Son replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"Point accepted.  If you don't like somebody's product, you don't like it.  I'm totally cool with that. And there's a little coffee spot near my work that has better coffee, and usually better pastries than…"
Oct 11, 2013
Louis House replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"I think it's important to note that coffee shouldn't be boiled at 100 degrees celsius/212 degrees fahrenheit. I think in fahrenheit something like 190-200 degrees is preferred.  If you're willing to switch methods, try this…"
Oct 11, 2013
David F. replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"My guess is that you are pouring in the water and pressing it down immediately.  Steep your coffee. Hotter Water, stir it in give it longer steeping time before pressing down. "
Oct 11, 2013
Dino Silone replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"I don't like their regular coffee - it actually gives me a headache.  But their espresso is pretty good.  My only complaint is that, when you drink it straight, it's often not hot enough.  I've used their espresso beans…"
Oct 11, 2013
Native Son replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"Well, hopefully we have the corporate bashing out of the way. In a small defense of "the S company", in my neighborhood, at least, you only get a coffee at Mickey D's if everything else is closed.  Starbucks coffee tastes…"
Oct 11, 2013
Dino Silone replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"i disagree about mixing in Robusta beans - they're a lower grade of coffee bean, less complex tasting, coarser - they're cheaper, and higher caffeine.  But if you need more caffeine, just drink more good coffee - you don't need…"
Oct 10, 2013
Rich Nichol replied to Ratchit's discussion My coffee is weak sauce
"Starbucks.... This is not a gentlemanly retailer . . .paper cups, drinking on the street . . how barabaric!!!!"
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Carl Monster replied to Ratchit's discussion Keeping up to date in your profession
"I think it's critical to keep up with one's profession. I feel if you really enjoy what you are doing, you'll integrate continuing education into your lifestyle even without having the burden of "keeping up the credits". I…"
Jun 9, 2013
Michael B. replied to Ratchit's discussion Keeping up to date in your profession
"1. Yes, it is in fact part of the reason that most professional licenses require continuing ed.   2. I'm sure that, as a clinical psychologist, you would be doing some kind of work with a mental health facility or clinic, no? With larger…"
Jun 9, 2013
Native Son replied to Ratchit's discussion Keeping up to date in your profession
"A total +1 to Will and Jack on this. What are you reading (in your field, now)in the way of professional journals?  Keep that up. Professional associations always seem to have seminars, often only 1 or 2 days, to keep you up to date, and meet…"
Jun 9, 2013
Jack Bauer replied to Ratchit's discussion Keeping up to date in your profession
"Most licensed professionals have continuing education requirements to remain licensed.  Attorneys have to take 15-hours of classes per year.  Otherwise ... just make sure you look stuff up before you make specific recommendations. …"
Jun 9, 2013

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