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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Building a Health Care Career: Rob Pursues a Healthcare Masters Online

An Emerging 21st Century Health Care Leader As society’s health care needs grow, pressure is put on the workforce to keep pace. Today, there are one million more openings for health care positions than there are qualified employees. This gap challenges managers and practitioners across health care organizations to be more resourceful and innovative. It’s changing how the health care field approaches operations and patient care and in turn, it’s calling for a new brand of 21st century leaders to...
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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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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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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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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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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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