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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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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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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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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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