Professional Education and Career Blog

How to Beat Interview Anxiety

nervousFew things in life are as stressful as preparing for a job interview. Just the thought of it for many people can bring the cold sweats – the idea of being in a series of rooms with people whose function is to judge whether you’re worthy of earning a living or not. And when it’s time to get dressed, review your preparation and get ready to leave, all the bad things that could happen start to invade your thoughts. If this sounds like you, then you’ve experience the joy of Interview Anxiety. But there are things you can do to keep the panic down and your chances of success up. (more…)

The Explosion of Demand in Nursing: A Good Career Choice?

nurseThere are many reasons someone might choose a career in nursing. The most obvious is the desire to help people, which is the primary role of a nurse in medical care. But people also want to know that it’s going to be a path that leads to a stable career with good prospects and a good income. Is it going to be worth the inherent difficulties involved? Is it worth the training that will be needed? Here are some facts about the nursing path that can help with the decision. (more…)

Four Family-Friendly Policies That Can Improve the Bottom Line

friendlyWith the two-working-parent family being the norm in the workplace, more employees are looking for companies that recognize the need for policies that promote family-work balance. Some managers worry that these policies could hurt the company in difficult economic times, but if the policies are well designed, they can actually improve productivity and lead to better profit and long-term company health. Here are four ideas that can have your employees singing the praises of the company. (more…)

How to Get the Most Out of Your Transfer Credit

gearheadMany adults returning to school within an active career have attended some amount of college in the past. Some of those previously earned credits may be transferable to your new program. With the right strategy, you can get as much of that credit to count as possible and reduce the time and expenses needed to get the new degree. (more…)

How a Veteran Can Transition to the Classroom

militaryWhile many adults returning to school face challenges in adapting to a different environment, veterans of the Armed Forces can have unique needs. Without recognizing what issues you may encounter and how best to deal with them ahead of time, life may be much more difficult than it needs to be. With the right attitude, you can move from being in the military mindset and transition to being a civilian again. (more…)

How to Properly Do Project Management and Improve Your Outcomes

stress1Project Management is one of those areas that can be extremely slippery to implement well. But to keep your projects on-track and on-budget, it’s crucial to have an effective plan in place. Good project skills can cover a lot of management territory. By following a few tips, tricks and guidelines, you can ensure that your next project rolls to a successful conclusion.

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Building the Network, Part Two: Who Should Be In Your Network

whoyouknowIn part one of this two-part series, we discussed tips for expanding your professional contacts. In part two, we discuss some of the various personalities that ought to be in your professional network to give you a well-rounded range of experience. Having more friends in your profession is always a plus, but there are specific areas that can be particularly helpful in different circumstances. Fleshing out some of the weak spots in your advice circle can pay significant long-term dividends. (more…)

Building the Network, Part One: Tips for Expanding Your Professional Contacts

networkEveryone hears the advice of how important professional contacts are to your career, but few really put in the time and effort. It may be that you are too intimidated to approach people for professional purposes, or it might feel sleazy, or perhaps you just aren’t normally in a position to meet people in your industry. There is some truth in, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Building a professional network doesn’t have to be difficult, and it shouldn’t feel manipulative. Here are some tips for improving your industry contact list. (Part 1 of 2) (more…)

The Alternative to the Graduate Degree: The Graduate Certificate. Are They Worth It?

handoffHigher education costs are growing more expensive every year, and with that, people interested in gaining advanced education are more careful about ensuring that skills they gain is worth the money they potentially invest in it. Many employees are looking for an edge to keep themselves competitive and up-to-date in today’s fast-paced world. While the two-year master’s degree program is often a good choice, the idea of a shorter-term graduate certificate should not be overlooked. They can sometimes offer the best bang-for-the-buck for professionals looking to enhance their career. (more…)

How to Effectively Communicate With Your Employees

communicationIf you are a manager, clear communication can be one of the most challenging aspects of effectively administering your organization. Communicating with employees happens every day in a variety of ways: memos, project plans, emails, and of course, direct interaction. In fact, communication happens so often that it’s easy to get complacent about whether our daily communication is effective, and whether our messages are being received in the way we intend. (more…)