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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

How to Ask for a Professional Reference

For adult students, starting a job search can be like adding another job to your already busy life! But, taking the time to do it right is critical. One huge part of your job search process is ensuring you have people who can speak to your qualifications, skills and abilities. These people are your professional references. Who are My Professional References? Ensuring you have several quality references can be key in landing a job, so putting some time and effort into approaching your potential...
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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Time Management Tips for Busy Students

Finding your Work - Life - School balance is critical when tackling a new degree program. Whether online or in-person, getting organized and managing your time well is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Brush up on your skills with our tips below! Get Organized: Calendars and To-Do Lists For many adult learners their lives are their first priority and we wouldn’t want to see that change. However, as you do with other life commitments, it’s best to keep a schedule to understand and prioritize...
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Achieving Your Goals with the Support of your Academic Advisor

Like all adult students, you’ve got a lot going on in your life. You may be caring for family members, working long hours, volunteering in your community, and more. Being a college student is only one part of your life and it’s the reason that so many of your friends, family, and coworkers are amazed at your dedication and perseverance in pursuing your degree. You have goals and you’re focused on achieving them. Clarity about your purpose will help you stay motivated when your calendar gets...
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Three Ways to Launch and Grow a Nursing Career

Today’s “average” nursing unit consists of men and women with varying education backgrounds—associate or bachelor’s degrees, as well as nursing diplomas—all of which lead to a Registered Nurse (RN) credential. Although there are multiple ways to launch a dynamic career as a RN, nearly all options for expanded job opportunities in the nursing profession require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Let's explore the routes that working nurses take to launch and grow their careers in health...
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Five Tips for Teachers to Maximize Summer Vacation

It’s no secret that the school year is jam-packed for teachers. Not only are they in the classroom all day; but many volunteer at sporting events and extra-curricular activities, and then there’s the endless stream of grading, assessment, and lesson planning. As the school year winds down once more, teachers may be looking forward to the break that summer provides. Many people outside of education view teachers as having nearly three months off the job. However, if you’re in the profession, you...
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6 Ways to Build Your Work Experience and Skills

Employers’ job postings are pretty specific about how many years of experience they’d like to see before considering a candidate for employment. Many students find themselves stumped because they don’t meet the minimum qualifications. You may wonder: How can I gain the experience I need, if I’m not already working in a similar position? Shouldn’t my degree be enough? Applying regularly only to encounter rejection can be draining on students and many struggle to figure out how to make themselves...
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Tips and Advice for Taking a Full-Time Course Load

Once you decide to finish your degree, you’ll be faced with the decision to attend part-time or full-time. For some people, part-time works better due to family and financial commitments. However, for many others, full-time study is the key to achieving their education and career goals faster. As a full-time student (eight credits or more each term), you’ll finish your degree faster and be ready to work in your chosen career field sooner (and on the path to earning a higher salary). But there...
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Summer Course Highlights: Business, Communication, Marketing, and Leadership Students

Summertime means hikes, the beach, and sunshine! It’s also a great time to move forward with the classes you need to earn your degree and keep your momentum going. In the spirit of staying motivated during the summer term, we thought we’d highlight a few courses that align with our Business Management, Communication Studies, Leadership, and Marketing majors to help you keep your focus while balancing your studies with your amazing summer plans. We took this opportunity to chat with some of our...
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Your Pathway from the Military to a Great Career

You served your country with distinction, and now it’s time to excel in the workplace. Even though you are highly-trained, and tactical, making the jump to a job outside of the military can seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. There are two things to remember when thinking about your future. One is that you already have many of the qualities employers want on their teams. The second is that you need to combine those qualities with a solid educational background to improve your chances...
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