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Instructor Blog: Exploring Workplace Capabilities

What are workplace capabilities, and how do they relate to your courses at Bryant & Stratton? In each supplemental syllabus, there is a section called “Workplace Capabilities” and a description of which capability will be addressed in that particular course. The chart will look like this:

Bryant & Stratton College Workplace Capabilities

Tolerance Communication Attitude
Interpersonal Skills Perseverance Enthusiasm
Problem Solving Persuasion Productivity
Dependability Informational Literacy Technological Literacy

 

Why are these capabilities important, and how will courses help you improve in these areas? In the workforce, employers are looking not just for the qualifications of the position but the “soft skills” that make some job candidates stand out more than others. The first workplace capability is tolerance. In any environment, you will come across others who have different lifestyle choices, backgrounds and personalities than what you might be used to or comfortable with. In a professional setting, it is important to maintain a working relationship with others. In the classroom, online or on campus, you will also come across others with different backgrounds and beliefs. Read More…

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Important Factors for Choosing the Right Online College

Selecting where to apply for college is not an easy decision and finding the right fit is important for all students. There are many factors to consider in selecting a school in order to make sure you will be able to thrive personally and academically. While online college is not right for everyone, it can be a great opportunity for people who like self-paced learning, need to balance school with a busy schedule or need a flexible schedule to meet family obligations. But, before you enroll, taking the time to think about some of the questions below will help you feel good about making an investment in your education and help you get to graduation. Read More…

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Setting a Path for Young HR Professionals

Studying to enter the human resource management field?

Here’s a great way to learn the ropes, set a career course and make contacts before you ever leave the college classroom: join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Professional associations like this are not just for professionals. These organizations are happy to train, groom and teach the newest up and coming stars in their fields.

And SHRM is among the best when it comes to setting HR professionals on the path to success.

Director of Academic Initiatives for SHRM, Nancy Woolever, MAIS, SPHR, has outlined a list for HR students to follow as they complete their education and move into the field in order to be successful. Read More…

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Which path to follow? A closer look at the healthcare degrees at Bryant & Stratton College

The healthcare industry is booming. A variety of healthcare administration degrees can prepare students for a career in healthcare offices around the nation. But, which to pick? The answer relies heavily on your career goals.

Bryant & Stratton College Online currently offers three similar healthcare administration degrees with very different career paths: medical administrative assistant, an associates degree, an associates degree in health services administration, and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration.

Here is a closer look at each: Read More…

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Financial Aid: Tips for Nontraditional Students

Whether pursuing a degree for the first time, or returning to school in order to make a career change, more and more adult learners are enrolling in traditional and online degree programs. Many nontraditional students, a term that generally refers to students who are age 24 or older, assume that because of their status, they do not qualify for scholarships and federal aid. This is certainly not the case, as there are a wide variety of financial aid options available to adult learners. Here are some tips on how to acquire financial aid if you are a nontraditional student.  Read More…

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Put Your Best Cover Letter Forward

Writing a resume is tough work, if you do it right. So, after doing all that work, why submit an awesome resume and then write a halfhearted cover letter, or no cover letter at all?

“People who submit a cover letter along with their resume are more likely to get hired over those who don’t,” said Danyelle Little, Work/life Management Professional and editor-in-chief of TheCubicleChick.com.

The fact of the matter is, your cover letter may be the reason why a hiring manager will – or won’t – read your resume. Here is how to grab his or her attention every single time. Read More…

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Use Social Media to Build Your Network

You’ve probably heard that social media can be a great resource in your job search. We’ve even recommended it a time or two on this blog as a way to improve employability skills. Social media can be a way to research companies, create a personal brand and stay on top of industry trends. It can also be an excellent way to build your professional network with people you otherwise might not meet.

Navigating relationship building on social media can present some challenges though. At a networking event you might go up to someone and simply introduce yourself. But online, reaching out for that first “handshake” can prove more difficult.

Bryant & Stratton College Online hosted an Employability Summit in 2013 featuring HR and hiring experts from CareerBuilder, Enterprise, Humana, Marriott International and Microsoft. During that event, Jessica Lee, Director of Digital Talent for Marriott International shared several ways to use social media to grow your network. Read More…

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How to Find College Scholarships to Pay for Your Online Degree

Hunting for additional funding to help pay for school can be a daunting task as determining the starting point is difficult. There are a great number of resources available to students searching for college scholarships. Here are five great methods to get the search for scholarships started: Read More…

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Staff Spotlight: Career Services Advisor, Mike Lester

When he’s not offering students career advisement, you can often find Mike Lester donning a large, furry sabertooth tiger costume and wandering the halls of First Niagara Center during Buffalo Sabres games.

That’s right, from time to time, the man behind Sabretooth’s mask is one of Career Services Advisors at Bryant & Stratton College Online.

Mike has been with Bryant & Stratton for nearly two years and has been with the Career Services Department the entire time. Mike’s job function features a great deal of outreach to various businesses to help identify new career opportunities for students across the country.

Of all the features of his work here, Mike notes that the most rewarding part of his job is helping students to not only obtain employment, but to ensure our graduates are starting a career in the field of study they pursued.

“It’s not easy landing employment these days and counseling a student that is able to land a position within their field is a rewarding experience,” he said.

Not all of Mike’s time is spent working with businesses and students or helping to cheer on the Sabres, he is spending time at home with his wife Laura and their nine-month old daughter, Mackenzie. As you might expect, Mike is a big Sabres and Bills fan but he also has a penchant for many outdoor hobbies. Among his favorites are fishing and camping, two activities that allows him to spend quality time with his family. Read More…

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Four Types of Bad Team Players

Being a good team player is an employability skill that nearly all employers require and it’s not hard to figure out why. Have you ever been part of a dysfunctional team? Perhaps you had to tackle a big cross-departmental project at work and your team spent the time aimlessly tackling unimportant tasks. Or maybe you had a school assignment and your group struggled to get it done between bickering about the topic. Equally as bad, maybe one person (you?) got so frustrated he or she did the whole project by themselves. If you’ve ever faced this or a similar situation then you know the importance of good teamwork.general_management_png

But, not all team projects have to be difficult and just by correcting bad teammate behavior in yourself, you could dramatically improve the experience next time. To help we’ve listed the most common types of bad teammates. Do you recognize yourself in any of the descriptions below? Read More…

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