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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Five Steps to Consider when Transitioning from Recent College Grad to Employee

Congratulations! You are going to graduate from your degree program soon and it's time to celebrate. With this important milestone, there are likely some significant and exciting transitions on the horizon. Whether you are beginning a job search, changing your career, or advancing to new heights, you’re about to embark on a journey that will present dynamic opportunities, but also new experiences that may not be entirely familiar. To ease any growing pains, lean on these tips and...
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The MVPs of the Workforce: Administrative Assistant Careers

  Essential Skills and Qualities You Gain in an Entry-level Administrative Position When you have big dreams for your career—and a solid plan to help you reach them—working in an administrative or secretarial position can make you feel like you’re tethered to work that doesn’t fully reflect your potential or drive. We’ve come a long way since the days when a “secretary” would just answer the phone, make copies, put away files, and run errands. These are no longer one-dimensional roles, so it’s...
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Non-traditional Students: How Different Types of Students Thrive Online

Imagining yourself as a student in an online classroom isn’t always easy to do—especially if you’re new to the learning environment and don’t know what to expect. But just because it's hard to imagine, doesn’t mean you won't find success there! The online classroom hosts students from diverse backgrounds with a variety of goals, and each offers different qualities to add to your online student community. Here’s an overview of some of the classmates you’ll likely encounter in your online...
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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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