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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Gaining the Confidence to Pursue Your Dreams with a College Degree

From a Personal Mission to a National Initiative: How Tami’s Degree Helped her  Make a Difference When you meet Tami, you’re welcomed by a warm, confident woman who thrives off of encouraging people to meet their potential. Today, these qualities are core to Tami’s personality and internal values—you would never guess that these traits were built and nurtured as a result of overcoming personal barriers. Throughout most of her adult life, Tami has battled with her weight. This struggle wasn’t a...
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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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Zeteophobia: Are you Afraid of Making Career Decisions?

For many adults, there’s a lot of anxiety around career decision making. From those who have yet to make a decision to those that have and aren’t sure they’ve made the right one, almost everyone is feeling some stress surrounding their career. The vision of a new career is often the impetus to take the plunge and go back to college and this choice can have many positive career implications. However, despite so many positives we’re still struggling with the feeling that we may make the wrong...
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How to Prepare for Your Phone Interview

A phone interview is often the first step in the interview process. The recruiter or hiring manager’s goal is to take a long list of applicants who have great resumes and narrow them down to a manageable list of candidates that can be brought in for the next level: the interview. Remember, your ultimate goal is to pass their screening process and be brought in for a second interview. Knowing how to do so isn’t always easy, however there are a few concrete steps you can take to be better...
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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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How to Build Your Work Experience as a Student

  Job descriptions tend to be specific about how many years of experience are required. If you don't meet the minimum qualifications, but otherwise feel prepared to take on this position, you may wonder: How can I gain the experience I need, if I’m not already working in a similar role? Shouldn’t my degree be enough? In the job market, many struggle to figure out how to make themselves more employable. Applying to open positions regularly only to encounter rejection can be draining. The good...
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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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Military Friendly Online Colleges: Your Pathway from the Military to a Great Career

You served your country with distinction, and now it’s time to excel in the workplace. Even though you are highly-trained and tactical, making the jump to a job outside of the military can seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. There are two things to remember when thinking about your future. One is that you already have many of the qualities employers want on their teams. The second is that you need to combine those qualities with a solid educational background to improve your chances...
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