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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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Finishing Your Degree: Tips for Taking a Full-Time Course Load

Once you commit to finishing 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...
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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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Granite State College Transforms Your Career!

Academic Advising at Granite State College has recently undergone a transformation! Our adoption of an “Area of Interest” model will improve each student’s experience, enhance the way our advisors counsel students, and advance a career emphasis to the forefront of our mission. Adult learners are already in the workforce and many are here with us to make a career change. Whether it’s advancing an already fulfilling career, changing into a new career, or just starting out, we recognize that...
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Our Expert Perspective on Tuition Assistance

Going to college is an investment that pays off and finding financial aid to reduce out-of-pocket costs is a typical part of that process. Our financial aid team works hard to support you through the financial aid process, helping make college more affordable. One of the most credentialed financial aid counselors in New Hampshire—Melissa Gray—happens to work here at Granite State. We chatted with Melissa to gain insights about how the process works and to get a few helpful tips. Is the...
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Career Fairs 101

If you're looking for an effective way to learn more about your industry and take your professional communication skills up a notch, you can increase your network at an upcoming career fair. Never been? Here's what to expect: Career fairs are often held in conference centers, colleges and universities, municipal buildings, or other public spaces. Inside, you'll find dozens (or hundreds!) of employers and employment agencies focused on meeting potential candidates and making connections. Plan...
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Tips for New Teachers

As a first-year teacher, you finally get to put your passion and practice into place. You’ll experience the incredible joys of teaching, but undoubtedly, you’ll put a lot of pressure on yourself to make that first year great. Teaching is a hard job. In addition to teaching your classes there are new policies to learn, meetings to attend, and professional development to consider. The first year as a certified teacher can be intimidating, but there are some steps you can take to make it less...
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Your Career Counselor: Do Credentials Matter?

When you decide to meet with a career counselor, you’re hoping they’ll listen closely to your career story and offer concrete advice on how to overcome obstacles and find a career that's right for you. This may include learning more about your career direction, learning which college major is best for your career goals or updating your resume to make a career change. No matter which topic you hope to cover, you’ll want the career counselor you meet with to be knowledgeable and offer insight...
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Spring Courses You Can't Miss

Each term, Granite State College offers special topics courses that concentrate on the issues of the day. For spring 2018, we will offer three classes covering areas of particular interest in today’s society. Emlee C. Kohler, director of the Granite State College Undergraduate Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Programs has been part of the team bringing these special topics courses to students this term.  What makes these courses especially interesting to me is that they are based on...
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