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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

4 Career Boosting Activities to Complete While Earning Your Degree

  Most adult students are finishing a college degree degree to make a career change or to aid in their professional development. Whether the desired change is a move to a totally different career field or to start out or advance in a particular field, earning your degree is a great first step to landing in a career path that works for you. What many students may not consider while earning their degree is what else may be required by employers once they’ve graduated. This blind spot can cause...
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5 Steps to an Impactful Cover Letter

There are many good reasons to write a cover letter and we recommend you write one and customize it each time you apply for a position. In fact, employers today are expecting that you’ll customize your letter especially for them. Here are a few good reasons to polish up your writing chops. A cover letter… Offers a narrative to go with your resume, including more information about why you’re right for the job Explains important details about your experiences and skills that can’t be fully...
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Great Resume Writing Starts Here: The Do's And Don'ts

Resume trends change regularly. Knowing what’s new and what’s considered passé can make the difference between scoring an interview, or having your resume fall into the dreaded "no" pile.  Follow the tips below to create a great up-to-date resume! Don’t Forget the Top Third Rule The top third of your resume is the most important and where you’ll want to highlight your best skills and experiences. Employers typically spend 6 seconds scanning each resume, so capturing their attention in the top...
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5 Steps to Finding Work You'll Love: Career Planning Tips

If you're stuck in a job that's not a good fit, you've probably caught yourself thinking about your "dream job." You may have wondered what it would be like if going to work was among the highlights of your week instead of the low points. It might sound like a fantasy, but having a position that feels right can be a reality. How? The key to finding work you'll love is knowing yourself and then using that knowledge to find local job opportunities that fit you. The Career Planning Cycle The first...
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In Her Own Words: Sandra Uses Career Services to Chart her Next Move

Creativity through writing and art has always been very important to me. From a young age through high school I could be found expressing myself through drawing, painting, journaling, and telling stories. But when it came time to choose a degree program after high school, I wasn’t sure how to combine a career and my passions. So I obtained the only degree that made sense, English. But as graduation neared I began to wonder, what kind of job would I get with my degree? At the time, I didn’t...
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10 Career Tips for #MarCom Marketing Majors

The Marketing and Communications is a field that's always evolving and there's always something new to learn. Getting your marketing degree is an excellent way to launch your career and here are a handful of tips to help you engage at a deeper level with your career path.  1. Never Stop Learning Are you the type of person who would remain a student forever if they could? Well, in the field of marketing, you can kind of get away with this. Throughout your career, you'll always have to find ways...
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Paula gets her Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Paula Schoonmaker reached many milestones before attending Granite State College: receiving a bachelor’s degree, getting married, and raising her children. As an undergraduate, Paula studied Biology and Chemistry. She always regretted not getting her teaching certification. But like many working adults, she found her calling through hands-on career experience and identifying the things that interested her most about her job. For Paula, it was the teaching aspect of her work in science labs. I...
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Celebrating International Nurses Day and our RN to BSN degree program!

If you think about the balancing act that a nurse has in their everyday life and compare it to the balancing act that a working adult student manages, you’ll see a lot of cross-over. This made introducing an RN to BSN degree program at GSC a natural fit. We specialize in flexibility and that’s a must for a busy nurse’s schedule. We awarded our very first awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at the 2014 Commencement and we will see even more graduate this year. The program continues to...
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Granite State Helps Kayt Pursue Her Dream of Becoming a Teacher

In our student community, there are some inspirational students with ambitious goals. Kayt, an aspiring teacher, is one of these individuals. Forced to drop out of high school due to a serious illness, Kayt completed high school independently and began college as an adult student. By the time I was ready to start my degree, I was already in my 20s and it took me a long time to gain the confidence to start college.   I looked at most of the options in New Hampshire. When I saw Granite State...
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Alumni Update: Heather becomes a teacher

We recently had the opportunity to get an update from Heather, a bright and inspiring recent alumna! Please enjoy this guest blog directly from Heather and learn more about what she has been doing since finishing her degree. Heather's starts her journey Carpenter Elementary School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is a place I know well. As a young mom who was new to the area, I first visited Carpenter Elementary 17 years ago while holding the sweaty palm of my nervous five-year-old son, Everett. I...
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