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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Time Management Tips for Busy Students

Finding your Work - Life - School balance is critical when tackling a new degree program. Whether online or in-person, getting organized and managing your time well is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Brush up on your skills with our tips below! Get Organized: Calendars and To-Do Lists For many adult learners their lives are their first priority and we wouldn’t want to see that change. However, as you do with other life commitments, it’s best to keep a schedule to understand and prioritize...
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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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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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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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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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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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