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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Your Graduate Capstone: An Opportunity to Make an Impact

Congratulations on starting your graduate degree program. You’ll be immersed in what matters to you and your career; advancing your capabilities and knowledge in the field. Because master’s level coursework is so focused, you’ll be asked consider and start working on your graduate capstone at the very beginning of your program. Starting early will give you the opportunity to accumulate knowledge in each course and begin applying it to your final project as you go. Your ePortfolio During your...
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Unlocking the Benefits of an Informational Interview

When looking to make a career change, there are many ways to learn about a new field. One of the best is the informational interview. The informational interview is a business-casual, yet focused conversation with an industry expert. It’s a great way to collect information, test assumptions and network with someone in the field. The benefits don’t stop there, there’s so much to gain from a single conversation! Industry Insider Information Perhaps online you’ve read widely about the field. Is...
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Your Undergraduate Capstone: An Exciting Opportunity to Connect Career and Academics

With only 16 or fewer credits to complete your degree, you are nearing graduation and the culminating course in your degree program: the Integrative Capstone. Your capstone is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon and combine your newly gained knowledge from your education with either a personal, career, or community-related project idea. Your capstone project will give you the chance to apply learned knowledge to real world questions and problems and help you meet your personal and...
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Experiencing Work Burnout? 4 Ways to be Happier in your Career Choices

All of us have experienced positions that left us regularly feeling stressed, frazzled and drained at the end of the day. Unfortunately, continuously feeling this way can take a toll on our health and happiness and lead to burnout. Luckily, there are strategies you can employ to have more exciting and energized work days. By choosing your next job based on your interests, skills and work values, you’ll leave each day feeling engaged rather than exhausted. Your Interests To begin to determine...
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7 Standout Fall College Courses!

Fall often means back-to-school and restarting routines that may have been “on vacation” over the summer. This makes fall a great time to realign your priorities and set new goals. Whether you’re applying to college or just dusting off after taking a break over the summer, nothing will energize you more than a great course. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a variety of standout fall courses that feature a little something for everyone. Fall Course Highlights MATH 544 Special Topics: Statistics...
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Zeteophobia: Are you Afraid of Making Career Decisions?

For many adults, there’s a lot of anxiety around career decision making. From those who have yet to make a decision to those that have and aren’t sure they’ve made the right one, almost everyone is feeling some stress surrounding their career. The vision of a new career is often the impetus to take the plunge and go back to college and this choice can have many positive career implications. However, despite so many positives we’re still struggling with the feeling that we may make the wrong...
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How to Prepare for your Phone Interview

A phone interview is often the first step in the interview process. The recruiter or hiring manager’s goal is to take a long list of applicants who have great resumes and narrow them down to a manageable list of candidates that can be brought in for the next level: the interview. Remember, your ultimate goal is to pass their screening process and be brought in for a second interview. Knowing how to do so isn’t always easy, however there are a few concrete steps you can take to be better...
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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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