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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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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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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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Students Gain Real World Business Experience in the Classroom

There’s no substitute for real world experience and our Career Services team routinely encourages students to gain experience while earning their degree. Our business students have a unique opportunity to do just that during their capstone courses. Students must complete a culminating assignment where they’ll apply their learned knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real world problem. Their task? Together they must manage and run a business using an online business strategy simulation called...
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Beyond Grades: Making the Most of Faculty Feedback

When you approach a new course or degree program, it’s important to try to get the most out of the experience. After all, your education offers not only personal enrichment, but career benefits too! Getting the most from your coursework can include learning to interact with your faculty, accepting and learning how to use constructive feedback, not worrying too much about perfect grades, and knowing what’s expected of you. Using Feedback to Increase Your Skills Every student receives feedback...
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Self-Care Tips to Increase your Study Bandwidth

Adding the role of student to your already busy life can be wonderful, rewarding, and yes, sometimes stressful. When things get busy and demanding, you need a way to reward yourself for your hard work and perseverance and give yourself a break both mentally and physically from everything you’ve got going on. Taking time to reward yourself has many benefits from relaxation, to motivation, to giving you renewed energy to tackle your next challenge. Below are some inexpensive ways to reward...
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Project Management Know-How: A Competitive Advantage

Project management today is seen as a core competency, allowing organizations to stay competitive in a fast-paced business environment. Projects and initiatives that fail to use a project management mindset can cost an organization money, time, and effort spent on false starts or projects that don’t align well with company goals. Without project management organizations may suffer from an increase in failed projects that never yield the anticipated outcomes or projects that are completed (often...
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Networking for the Nervous: Ask a Great Question

For some, networking is a great opportunity to build relationships with like-minded individuals, for others, networking can be a nail-biting, sweaty, off-putting, anxiety-fest! For the nervous, networking is hard! But don’t stress, there is a way to calm your anxiety. All you truly need to start networking successfully is one important skill: the ability to approach someone and ask a question. Listening and being interested in other people is all you really need to begin the conversation and...
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Project Management Degree: Exploring Opportunity Across 5 Industries

There are few skills as versatile as those of a project manager. From good communication skills, to leadership, team management, organization, and risk assessment, a project manager’s expertise is necessary in industries ranging from nonprofits to health care. Project management can take you virtually anywhere; that’s why we offer and encourage the pursuit of a Project Management Master's Degree. But before jumping into, or switching, industries, it’s important to get a feel for the types of...
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Project Management Programs: 5 Free Tools to Save Time & Money

Project management plays a vital role in any organization—improving productivity, mitigating risk, and saving time and money. But good project management needs to be backed by the right software: software that meets your team's needs, but isn't offset by a price tag that busts your budget. For larger teams, paid software is usually the way to go. But if your team is smaller (around 1-15 members) there are a lot of project management programs out there capable of meeting your needs, at no cost....
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