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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Project Management Degree: Exploring Opportunity Across 5 Industries

There are few skills as versatile as those of a project manager. From good communication skills, to leadership, team management, organization, and risk assessment, a project manager’s expertise is necessary in industries ranging from nonprofits to health care. Project management can take you virtually anywhere; that’s why we offer and encourage the pursuit of a Project Management Master's Degree. But before jumping into, or switching, industries, it’s important to get a feel for the types of...
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Project Management Programs: 5 Free Tools to Save Time & Money

Project management plays a vital role in any organization—improving productivity, mitigating risk, and saving time and money. But good project management needs to be backed by the right software: software that meets your team's needs, but isn't offset by a price tag that busts your budget. For larger teams, paid software is usually the way to go. But if your team is smaller (around 1-15 members) there are a lot of project management programs out there capable of meeting your needs, at no cost....
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General Education Courses: What's In It for Me?

When it's not obvious how your general education courses relate to your major or career goals, you may feel reluctant to sign up for them. When you become a student and you're selecting classes, on paper these classes can seem generic and not particularly useful. However, they offer you the opportunity to build a broad range of skills that are applicable to dozens of career opportunities. Since these skills are less tactile, "soft skills," many overlook their value. But in the job market, these...
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Good Writing Matters: Tips to Improve your Writing in College

Knowing how to write well is essential for any professional in the workplace and almost all job postings in every industry reference a desire for strong writing abilities. Writing well with clarity and purpose can help us communicate with co-workers, supervisors, CEOs, and clients, and aids in creating presentations, emails, letters, notes, instructions, documentation, and more. After all, without clear writing we wouldn’t be able to connect with one another to collaborate and make progress!...
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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 technique that's highly recommended by Certified Career Advisors but often overlooked, 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...
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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 It's often difficult...
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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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