The Complete Guide to Career Networking Online


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


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


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


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


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


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

How Graduate Students Can Use Mentors to Make Smarter Career Decisions

How Graduate Students Can Use Mentors to Make Smarter Career Decisions

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager or a corporate leader, you know how crucial it is to network with clients, industry peers, colleagues, even family and friends. At times when you aren’t working, you understand the opportunity to connect can happen anywhere; a trip to the coffee shop or driving your kids to school might lead to a career move, potential sale or chance to learn. But, as a graduate student, did you ever stop and think that one of your most beneficial career contacts might also be grading your assignments?

Topics: Taking Courses, Business and Management, Career

Ask an Expert: Robert Rockmaker, President and CEO of the Flight School Association of North America

Flight School Association of North America

In honor of National Aviation Day, celebrating famed aviator Orville Wright’s birthday on August 18th, we sat down with Robert Rockmaker, President and CEO of the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) for a chat about the flight industry, where it’s going and how your aviation career can take off.

Orville Wright would be proud.

Topics: Science and Technology, Career, Majors and Degree Programs