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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

General Education Courses: What's in it for me?

When you begin looking at job postings, you may notice that employers from diverse organizations use the same language to describe the qualities they hope to attract from prospective employees, such as: critical thinking, communication, problem solving, collaboration, teamwork, and analytical skills. So are these just buzzwords that everyone repeats or are they critical workforce skills that are needed in almost every industry? As you read through the postings, your first thought may be that...
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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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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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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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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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Future Focused: Resume Writing for Career Changers

Changing careers can be a difficult proposition. Not only are many career changers at a loss for how to gain the experience they need to move smoothly to a new position, they’re also not sure how to best represent their new professional self on their resume and cover letter. The good news is that there’s a specific formula for creating a new presentation of your skills, abilities and experiences. Read on for our tips. A Degree is Great, but Experience Matters Too Many Career Changers know they...
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Seeking Job Satisfaction? Find Your Work Values

Have you ever had a job that you really enjoyed or one that you didn’t? Most of us can say that we’ve experienced positions or employers that were great and made us happy while others made us miserable. But, why? Have you ever analyzed why you loved one job but didn’t love another? Finding a job that’s right for you is a mix of several things, including your interests and skills. But one consideration that's vastly important when trying to find a satisfying position are work values. Finding...
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A Key that Opens a Specific Door: Customize that Resume!

In today’s job market, resumes and cover letters are still one of the best ways of making a first impression. However, gone are the days when one resume that explains your job duties and employment history is enough. Hiring managers are looking for a resume that speaks to them and the position they’re filling. And, they’re being highly selective. Have you ever applied to a position only to find the door to a new job remains firmly locked? Why are you unable to open the door? The reason may...
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