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Growing Leadership with an Online Public Service Degree

The Changing Needs of Public Service Leaders and How a College Degree Can Help From the opioid epidemic to cybercrime and mass shootings, these high profile national public safety threats are changing how our public service leaders approach emergency preparedness situations. Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services units are challenged to manage increasingly complex incidents in a world that’s highly connected and always looking for answers. Responsibilities that wouldn’t have been...
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Online Nursing Degrees for Working Nurses

For nurses already in the workforce, pursuing further education online has become a great way to advance their careers affordably and with the flexible scheduling they need. While there are many different types of online degrees, there are three options in particular for working nurses: 1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2. Master of Science in Nursing 3. Doctor of Nursing Practice Below, we’ll walk you through these three degrees, explain how they differ, and show how they can lead into each...
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What is a Liberal Arts Degree and Will it Lead to a Career?

A liberal arts degree can be a great stepping stone for future professional success—providing you with useful skills and, believe it or not, a marketable pedigree. But what is a liberal arts education exactly, and why do some people think it won’t pay off? Below, we’ll walk you through what a liberal arts program entails, why there are so many misconceptions about the degree, and how it can be a great investment for your future career! What are Liberal Arts Degrees? Liberal arts education is...
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How to Ask for a Professional Reference

For adult students, starting a search for a new job or a master's degree program can feel like adding another job to your already busy life. But, taking the time to do it right is critical. One huge part of your search process is ensuring you have people who can speak to your qualifications, skills, and abilities: these people are your professional references. You’ll want to start pulling together your references as soon as you’ve decided to initiate your search, as having this information up...
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Business Degree: Top 7 Reasons to Major in Business

Pursuing a business degree is a popular choice among college students. In fact, it's the most popular type of degree in the U.S., with 19 percent of graduating students earning business degrees in 2017. But with so many people pursuing these degrees, you might start to wonder whether business is still the right choice for you. Has the degree lost its value? Is it still capable of giving you the skills and credentials you need to jumpstart a successful career? The short answer? Absolutely....
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Healthcare Degrees: 5 Career Paths for Pursuing Your Future

Health care is the fastest growing occupational group in the U.S. with a projected growth rate of 18 percent between 2016 and 2026. The reason? Because there’s a real, rising need in this sector for specially trained individuals as baby boomers, America’s largest generation, age and face more medical issues. But there are a lot of different roles that need to be filled. Below, we've compiled a list of five such career paths in the healthcare industry, along with the types of healthcare degrees...
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Aspiring Social Worker & Human Services Major's Inspiration to Make an Impact in Manchester

Alicia MacDonald’s optimism and strong desire to help others instantly shines through. Chatting with her, you would never know that she struggled during her first two years of high school, after she fell in with the wrong crowd. Alicia’s attention to schoolwork and her grades plummeted as she watched a close friend battle addiction. Instead of losing hope, she found meaning in a new vision for her future. With new motivation, the help of a social worker, and a supportive family, Alicia excelled...
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Beyond Grades: Making the Most of Faculty Feedback

When you approach a new course or degree program, it’s important to try to get the most out of the experience. After all, your education offers not only personal enrichment, but career benefits too! Getting the most from your coursework can include learning to interact with your faculty, accepting and learning how to use constructive feedback, not worrying too much about perfect grades, and knowing what’s expected of you. Using Feedback to Increase Your Skills Every student receives feedback...
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Project Management Know-How: A Competitive Advantage

Project management today is seen as a core competency, allowing organizations to stay competitive in a fast-paced business environment. Projects and initiatives that fail to use a project management mindset can cost an organization money, time, and effort spent on false starts or projects that don’t align well with company goals. Without project management organizations may suffer from an increase in failed projects that never yield the anticipated outcomes or projects that are completed (often...
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Networking for the Nervous: Ask a Great Question

For some, networking is a great opportunity to build relationships with like-minded individuals, for others, networking can be a nail-biting, sweaty, off-putting, anxiety-fest! For the nervous, networking is hard! But don’t stress, there is a way to calm your anxiety. All you truly need to start networking successfully is one important skill: the ability to approach someone and ask a question. Listening and being interested in other people is all you really need to begin the conversation and...
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