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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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In Her Own Words: Sandra Uses Career Services to Chart her Next Move

Creativity through writing and art has always been very important to me. From a young age through high school I could be found expressing myself through drawing, painting, journaling, and telling stories. But when it came time to choose a degree program after high school, I wasn’t sure how to combine a career and my passions. So I obtained the only degree that made sense, English. But as graduation neared I began to wonder, what kind of job would I get with my degree? At the time, I didn’t...
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Ease "Back to School" Anxiety and Finish Your Degree

There’s a lot of understandable stress that comes with the idea of finishing a degree program. How will you find the time? Can you handle the coursework? How long will it take? Will you be making the right decisions and spending time where it counts? What about your family and job obligations? So many questions and such uncertainty… It's no wonder that many adult students are wary of making the leap into finishing a degree program. It's a big step that can lead to an amazing accomplishment, but...
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Catching up with Chief Dean: Master's of Leadership Alum

When you’re considering finishing your degree, you need support. Sometimes you don’t know where to look or who to ask. We’re lucky to have a network of alumni who raise their hand to share their stories and offer advice. We caught up Paul Dean, a dual alum who earned his bachelor’s in 2004 and returned for his master’s degree in 2014.  Starting as an undergrad. Returning for his master’s. Ten years after finishing his bachelor’s degree from Granite State, Paul wanted to grow his career and he...
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Granite State Alum Appointed to University System's Board of Trustees

It’s a great day for our student and alumni community—Granite State College has its first ever Alumni Trustee on the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. Why is this so important? On paper, this may seem like an ordinary leadership position, but it holds incredible promise for our community. The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) represents the State’s four public colleges: UNH, Plymouth State, Keene State, and Granite State. About 25% of the Board positions are...
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Going back to college? What you should know about our faculty

We call our instructors faculty. Our students often refer to them as mentors. As a student, the faculty will understand your goals, challenge you in the classroom, celebrate your milestones, and support you if you encounter any challenges during your experience. But who are they, really? Our experienced faculty are also business leaders and practitioners in their fields.There are three qualities that make a great instructor: Textbook + Tactics. We want our faculty to know the material you're...
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Associate to Bachelor’s: Finishing College in Nashua

“I want to graduate by the time I’m 25.” This was the goal that Jessica set for herself when she began college.I became a mother at the age of 16. I always knew I wanted to attend college. I didn’t think it was possible after getting pregnant at such a young age. Jessica received her associate degree in Human Services at Nashua Community College in 2011. As a human resources administrator at a non-profit organization in Nashua, the degree gave Jessica a great foundation to build her career and...
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Family Fun in New Hampshire: Making Time for You

We’re hitting peak foliage season and all around us there’s no lack of options for family fun in New Hampshire. But the weekends are your peak time for marathon homework sessions. Adult students have a lot on their plates - balancing work, family, and school work. When the weather's just right and there's fall fun all around you, you can really feel the pressure. Making time for yourself and your family is important, too! There are plenty of activities that can fit in to even the busiest of...
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Time Management for Students Going Back to College

Going back to college doesn’t have to become your life, but it does need to find a way to fit into your life. Without proper time management, it can be easy to say to yourself at mid-term, “Is it the right time to go back to college? I have too much going on”.  Read this list so that you don’t get too overwhelmed with managing your time. Make it part of your life but not your entire life It’s important to introduce schoolwork into your routine. Try dedicating a space in your house or apartment...
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