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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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 To begin to determine...
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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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Achieving Your Goals with the Support of your Academic Advisor

Like all adult students, you’ve got a lot going on in your life. You may be caring for family members, working long hours, volunteering in your community, and more. Being a college student is only one part of your life and it’s the reason that so many of your friends, family, and coworkers are amazed at your dedication and perseverance in pursuing your degree. You have goals and you’re focused on achieving them. Clarity about your purpose will help you stay motivated when your calendar gets...
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6 Ways to Build Your Work Experience and Skills

Employers’ job postings are pretty specific about how many years of experience they’d like to see before considering a candidate for employment. Many students find themselves stumped because they don’t meet the minimum qualifications. You may wonder: How can I gain the experience I need, if I’m not already working in a similar position? Shouldn’t my degree be enough? Applying regularly only to encounter rejection can be draining on students and many struggle to figure out how to make themselves...
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Granite State College Transforms Your Career!

Academic Advising at Granite State College has recently undergone a transformation! Our adoption of an “Area of Interest” model will improve each student’s experience, enhance the way our advisors counsel students, and advance a career emphasis to the forefront of our mission. Adult learners are already in the workforce and many are here with us to make a career change. Whether it’s advancing an already fulfilling career, changing into a new career, or just starting out, we recognize that...
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Career Fairs 101

If you're looking for an effective way to learn more about your industry and take your professional communication skills up a notch, you can increase your network at an upcoming career fair. Never been? Here's what to expect: Career fairs are often held in conference centers, colleges and universities, municipal buildings, or other public spaces. Inside, you'll find dozens (or hundreds!) of employers and employment agencies focused on meeting potential candidates and making connections. Plan...
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Your Career Counselor: Do Credentials Matter?

When you decide to meet with a career counselor, you’re hoping they’ll listen closely to your career story and offer concrete advice on how to overcome obstacles and find a career that's right for you. This may include learning more about your career direction, learning which college major is best for your career goals or updating your resume to make a career change. No matter which topic you hope to cover, you’ll want the career counselor you meet with to be knowledgeable and offer insight...
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Tips for Acing Your Next Interview

Interviewing has become a large part of our lives as we’re changing jobs more frequently than ever before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average person will have 12 jobs from age 18 to 48. That’s a lot of interviews! While many of us have interviewed in the past, we may still feel intimidated when walking into a room full of strangers. The tips ahead can help you prepare, practice, and feel more confident when approaching your next interview. Prepare and Practice Interview...
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Career Good Karma

Have you ever heard the idea that if you put positive energy into the universe, good things will happen for you? There’s a theory, developed by career theorist John Krumboltz, that’s similar to karma and it's been proven to actually work. The theory is "Planned Happenstance" or the idea that you can take advantage of or even actively look for circumstances that can change your career for the better. Sometimes it's those moments that many of us would call luck that change our lives. The chance...
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12 Steps to Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

Creating a professional LinkedIn profile is a great way to attract potential employers and make connections to people who can help your career. Your profile is essentially an online resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments, employment history and education. According to Career Builder, 70% of employers today are reviewing candidates’ online presence and many are recruiting online, so having a professional profile is an excellent a way to stand out from the crowd. Before you take that...
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