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The New Jersey State Library has been asked to spread the word about a free tool available to New Jersey residents, with a special focus on students, that can assist with career exploration and planning.  

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is a FREE web based career navigation system, funded by the New Jersey Department of Education, that provides comprehensive information for Middle and High School students to develop well informed college and career plans. It includes tools that encourage self-assessment, career and post-secondary education exploration, goal setting, and decision making. The site helps students make informed decision about their future based on relevant actionable information. 

While schools are able to set up portfolio accounts with additional features for their students, any New Jersey resident may make use of many features and resources.  Attached is a brochure with additional information about what NJCAN can do. 

Visit https://portal.njcis.intocareers.org/ and click on the New Jersey Residents tab to get started.

Ergonomic Tips for Working from Home

Work-from-home Ergonomic Tips from Stanford University

With many companies instituting work-at-home policies these days, you may find yourself working under less-than-ideal conditions.

We can’t help with the barking dog, the droning leaf blower, or the toddler pounding at your office door, but we can offer some tips to improve your posture and comfort as you attempt to get a day’s work done.

Here’s a simple checklist to improve office ergonomics at home:

  • Feet should be flat on the floor
  • Knees at about a 90-degree angle
  • Hips at about a 90-degree angle
  • Elbows at about a 90-degree angle when typing and using a mouse Wrists straight when typing and using a mouse
  • Monitor raised so that your line of sight is in the top 1/3 of the monitor
  • Take breaks to stretch every 30 minutes
  • Give your eyes a break from the screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds

Need a no-cost DIY ergonomic fix?

  • For more back support, roll a small towel and place it either perpendicular or parallel to your spine
  • If your work surface is too high, sit on a cushion/pillow to increase seat height.
  • Feet dangling? Create a footrest by placing a box/books/reams of paper on the floor
  • Elevate your laptop screen to eye level by placing it on a box/books/reams of paper and use an external keyboard.
  • Alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day
  • Minimize glare by sitting perpendicular to overhead light and using blinds to control natural light
  • And finally, take breaks every hour to stay energized.