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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Class of 2017: #GraniteGrad Memories

On June 11, we proudly celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2017 at Granite State College. Associate, bachelor's, and master's degree candidates each got their chance to cross the stage, pose for a photo, and shake hands with Mark Rubinstein, our President. Meanwhile, loved ones applauded their #granitegrad with cheers of "that's my mom!" proudly exclaimed from audience. In the spirit of our mission, we took time to recognize these family members and friends for the important role they...
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4 Tips for R.N. to B.S.N. Students

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is becoming a requirement across the field of healthcare. It’s beneficial for employers: it helps hospitals earn the Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is an important indicator of quality care. It’s also a value-add for your career: it can open the door up to interesting and rewarding job opportunities. Whether you’re just starting to consider R.N. to B.S.N. programs or you’ve been enrolled for a few terms,...
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Great Resume Writing Starts Here: The Do's And Don'ts

Resume trends change regularly. Knowing what’s new and what’s considered passé can make the difference between scoring an interview, or having your resume fall into the dreaded "no" pile.  Follow the tips below to create a great up-to-date resume! Don’t Forget the Top Third Rule The top third of your resume is the most important and where you’ll want to highlight your best skills and experiences. Employers typically spend 6 seconds scanning each resume, so capturing their attention in the top...
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How We Help Online Military Students

We are Military Friendly™ and for us, this is much more than a catch phrase. It’s a recognition of our long-standing commitment to helping military and veteran students be successful inside and outside of the classroom. From completing an application and using your military benefits, to selecting a major and getting tutoring support, we have a team of people who are ready to help you be successful as you balance the demands of earning your degree while supporting our country. As online...
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7 Tips for Human Resources Majors

 The field of Human Resources attracts those who are energized by a high level of engagement with their community and enjoy the challenge of making it a better place to be. Whether you’re launching a career in HR from the ground up or you gradually gravitated towards the HR department after serving in another role, the field holds exciting growth opportunities in a variety of industries. Here’s a collection of tips that will help you maximize your education as a Human Resources Administration...
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Can Your Employer Help You Finish Your Degree? Finding Inspiration and Support in the Workplace

When Bank of New Hampshire underwent a massive computer upgrade in 2013, their leadership knew there would be an impact across the organization. Their employees would need guidance and support; however, there was no formal training division at the time. Senior management pulled together a team of Bank Service Representatives to help make a game plan. Jenn Schaffner, a long-time employee, was appointed to this group. Through this project, she uncovered skills and talents that helped guide her...
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Personal Statement 101: Five Tips to Telling Your Story

  When reviewing personal statements, our program directors want to understand your intentions. They want to know how you will use the graduate program as an opportunity. Will you use it to improve yourself, or impact your personal effectiveness, or to attain specific professional goals? If you have never written a personal statement and are unsure of where to begin. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Here are five tips on writing a personal statement that will help us get to know you.  Start...
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Tuition Reimbursement 101: Five Things to Know

Balancing your career with college coursework requires tremendous focus and dedication, especially when you’re returning to college as an adult. Luckily, there are dozens of ways to find support and you just may have more people in your corner than you think – and among those undercover players in your support network could be your employer. More than 50% of employers offer undergraduate tuition assistance. Tuition assistance, or tuition reimbursement, is a company-offered benefit that gives...
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5 Steps to Finding Work You'll Love: Career Planning Tips

If you're stuck in a job that's not a good fit, you've probably caught yourself thinking about your "dream job." You may have wondered what it would be like if going to work was among the highlights of your week instead of the low points. It might sound like a fantasy, but having a position that feels right can be a reality. How? The key to finding work you'll love is knowing yourself and then using that knowledge to find local job opportunities that fit you. The Career Planning Cycle The first...
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Six Reasons to Return for Your Graduate Degree

Like any big purchase or time commitment, when you consider graduate school you are balancing the wants and needs.  The Want Learn More About Your Interests Everyone wants to devote more time towards their interests and returning for your master’s degree is the perfect opportunity to do that. Many people have used their capstone projects (link to capstone project blog) as a way to explore their interests and apply graduate level learning to positively affect their communities. Others use the...
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