7 Booming Careers You Can Get With a Liberal Arts Degree

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Are the liberal arts still relevant today?

Are college graduates gaining the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce?

Today, educators and leaders are debating the effectiveness of higher education. During the 1960s, a national shift in outlook emerged, challenging the ideals of a liberal arts education in comparison to more narrow and specialized career-ready programs.

However, studies have routinely shown that students who pursued a liberal arts education reported having the most fulfilling careers. And as more and more people increasingly change jobs, these “soft skills,” (i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and adaptability) inherent in a liberal arts education, have become the most desired by employers.

As it turns out, a liberal arts degree may be the best career investment yet.

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs

Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter Today?

Today, higher education is at a critical junction in the United States. As the nation considers cost, debt and the necessity of a college degree, one factor remains:  students must develop certain skills and abilities to be successful in our 21st century workforce. What is the best way to do that? Does a broad, liberal arts education still matter today, or are specialized, more narrowly focused programs what students and employers need? In this video, Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences, discusses the value of a liberal arts education – not only to provide students skills that are important to employers today, but also to be a productive member of society.

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs

The Complete Guide to Career Networking Online

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This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program

A professional online presence is crucial for future career opportunities, as it can speak volumes to who you are and the value you can bring to a new position. Establishing a professional online persona can lead to exciting opportunities and connections.

Networking may seem intimidating, especially when you’re just starting out down a new career path. The good news is, most people love helping other people. All you have to do is ask. 

Topics: Credit by Exam, Career

5 Growing Nurse Specialties That Pay $65k or More

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Malika Ibrokhimova, RN-BSN Program Student

By Dr. Filomela Marshall

People are living longer, healthier lives. And that’s good news for nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will rise faster than almost any other occupation in the next several years. Coupled with an increasing, global demand for healthcare services to provide critical care for an ageing population, the job market is attractive for new nurses, and especially those who want to grow professionally. 

As the healthcare system grows increasingly complex, specialized nurses with advanced nursing degrees are often in much higher demand. These educationally prepared nurses are finding opportunities to boost their careers – and their paychecks.  

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs, Nursing

MBA Application Checklist: 9 Things You Must Do Before You Hit Submit

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Applying to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program involves a lot of planning, writing and preparation, and it’s never too early to start thinking about or working on your application. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to submit a rushed application package, and possibly hurt your chances of earning admission into a program that can transform your career.

To make sure that you send in the best application that you can, use this printable 9-point checklist to keep yourself on track before you hit submit. (And then figure out how long it will take you to earn an MBA degree online by checking out our Potential MBA Degree Timeline .)

Topics: Business and Management, Career, Majors and Degree Programs

6 Ways to Make Your Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application Stand Out

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Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.

So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs, Nursing

The Future of Nursing and What It Means for Nurses

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By Dr. Filomela Marshall

Nursing has always been a rapidly transforming profession. Healthcare legislation, the demands of an aging and diverse population, improved access, and advancements in health information technology have accelerated the rate of change and growth in this field faster than ever before.

So how are nurses of today supposed to prepare for developments of tomorrow?

Topics: Career, Nursing

When Will 21st Century Robotics Become a Reality?

When Will 21st Century Robotics Become a Reality?

By Dr. John Woznicki

Do you remember Rosie from the space age, futuristic animated TV series The Jetsons? Set in the year 2062, Rosie was the Jetson family housekeeper, an authoritative, mechanical robot who dispensed with all of the Jetson housekeeping, sometimes even parenting for the occasionally dim-witted father, George (the fact that fathers are often portrayed as dim-witted in TV situational comedies, even animated ones, is a subject for another blog post!)

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs

What Leadership Skills Do You Need To Develop?

What Leadership Skills Do You Need To Develop?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Whether you are a management-level executive or an ambitious entry-level professional, there’s no doubt that your leadership skills will affect your professional advancement – both the good and the bad. Unfortunately, there’s no simple test to determine if you’d be a great leader, and there is no reliable checklist of skills to tick off.  If you’ve experienced a range of leadership styles from exceptional to downright horrible, how are you supposed to learn what makes an effective leader?

Topics: Career, Motivation

3 Tough Decisions You Need to Make If You Want To Advance Your Career

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By Dr. Michael Williams

What does it take to advance your career?

Frequently, I get asked this one question. I believe a solid, professional development strategy involves learning new things that increase your value to an employer and position you as a strong competitor in the workplace.

Today, career building requires an integrated approach regardless of the field you work in. Businesses operate in unpredictable global environments that require effective critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills. They expect employees to solve complex business problems and make decisions based upon data and analytics. How can you ensure that you are well equipped to meet these evolving demands?

Topics: Business and Management, Career