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Career Insight: Nursing Home Administration

Medical and healthcare students and workers are in a great position to remain employed and to advance into the ranks of management.

Baby boomers currently make up a large portion of the population and as they age, the demand for medical and hCareersealth care services is growing. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics projects it to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022.

That’s quite a bit more than the 11 percent average growth for all occupations. And, it translates into an addition of 73,300 jobs! In May 2012, medical and healthcare managers held 20,050 jobs nationwide not in hospitals, but in nursing care facilities.

So if you are a student who is considering a career in healthcare management, you have a long, secure career to look forward to.

Entry into the realm of management in medical and health care services requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree, though Master Degree holders fare better. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Juggling School and the Holidays

For many students, December is a busy time of juggling holidays and the end of school. While some of the time crunch can’t be avoided, a little perspective can help keep you from getting caught up in unnecessary stress. The most important question to ask is: What is important to you? There are almost endless opportunities for holiday celebrations, and an endless to-do list.  Without prioritizing, it can be easy to run out of time for schoolwork.

For me, sending out Christmas cards was challenging with my work obligations. After a few years of stressing out, I realized two important things. The first was that most people on my Christmas card list already knew what was going on in our family and had seen recent pictures of us. The other was that I had ample opportunity to send cards around New Year’s.  Then, you can even include family pictures from the holiday itself! I was able to preserve something I enjoyed without unnecessary stress.  I haven’t received a single complaint from family or friends.

Another important consideration is to look at what is important in the long term. While so much about the holidays may either seem obligatory or something you just don’t want to miss, it’s important to think about what might be sacrificed by each holiday party attended. Not devoting time to schoolwork will have long-lasting impact. Read More…

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Staff Spotlight – Ryan Maxwell, QC Supervisor

Often referred to as “the voice of Bryant & Stratton College” there is a good chance you’ve heard Ryan Maxwell in either a recording or a live call.

As Ryan nears the beginning of his fifth year with Bryant & Stratton College, he is transitioning to a new role with our Qualification Center after spending time in the admissions department and as one of our hardworking QC Representatives.

With so much of his time here spent in the QC and Admissions, Ryan has had the opportunity to work with countless students and help them towards their educational goals. His most current role has allowed him to work with many different departments to help staff members better manage and assist student needs.

Ryan came to Bryant & Stratton College after majoring in Communications at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. During his time at Medaille, Ryan climbed up the record books as a four-year starter on the men’s volleyball team. In fact, he remains in the top-five of the school’s all-time leaders in assists, blocks, games played and digs.

An avid Buffalo Bills fan, Ryan rivals anyone in the office in terms of fandom as he “proudly wear my red, white and blue, Zubaz and often show up to work without a voice on Mondays”. Ryan’s adopted Pit-Bull Terrier, Colby, is a regular topic around the water cooler as the pup has been a loving addition to Ryan’s family. Read More…

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Five Questions with an IT Professional

Professional associations can be a terrific resource for anyone starting out their career. In the IT field, an association can be a great way to keep up on changes in the industry. To find out more about the benefits of associations as well as other helpful information about starting an IT career, Bryant & Stratton College spoek with Barbara Viola, owner of VioTech Solutions and Co-Chair Chapter & Regional Support of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Read More…

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How to Use Professors as References

If you are just starting your career, and wondering whether it is appropriate to use a professor as a reference, relax. It sure is!

Human resources staff and hiring managers receive resumes and applications from soon-to-be and recent graduates all the time. And, although they will understand your limited experience, they won’t excuse you from the requirement of having great references.iStock_000020762698XSmall[1]

Here’s how to set the right conditions to make sure potential employers get high quality feedback from your professors. Read More…

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Is an IT career right for you?

Careers in information technology can be exciting because technology is constantly changing. Plus the field is very diverse. Students in IT security training are learning different skills than someone earning a computer networking degree. The complexity and variety may be two of the reasons people are attracted to the field.

But, how do you know if an IT career is right for you? It’s important to consider key characteristics of any field before taking the first step. To help you think through the choice, below are questions to consider. Read More…

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Stop Searching for Jobs, Stop it Right Now!

By Steve Talbott – 2013 Employability Summit Panelist

I recently had the opportunity to sit on a panel in the business school of a local University to discuss the intricacies of job searching.  The members of the panel were representing the highest profile companies in the region and all eloquently offered great tips and suggestions on myriad topics including:  crafting a targeted resume, how to work a career fair, online applications, interviewing and ultimately securing that dream job we all have been programmed to try to find.

Afterwards, a very assertive woman came up to inform me that she had already put into place all of the tips that the panelist had given and she also had applied to over 40 jobs in the last three and half months, but found obtaining that dream job elusive. Then it hit me. Did she have 40 dream jobs? Was it just semantics or was there a clue here that might help solve her dilemma?

So, I asked the recent graduate to tell me what her dream job looks like. She immediately started describing a company, its culture, the environment, the type of people she would be working with; nothing describing the responsibilities or job itself. I turned the tables a tad and asked her, ”What companies have this profile?” For the first time in our conversation, she was stumped.

Well, there is our answer folks.  While she was dream job-hunting, she should have been searching for the dream company. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Tips on Preparing for Midterms

Part of being successful academically and professionally is tackling major assignments and projects early.  While midterms can seem daunting, a thorough approach can help you feel more confident in the expectations for the assessment. The first step to preparing for midterms is to figure out what information is available about the midterm for your particular course. Some midterms are available at least a week early, and there should be at least a basic description of the midterm in your tracking calendar. If you would like to know more about your midterm, ask your instructor. He or she may be able to provide you with the material early. However, if you are not able to obtain further information, I recommend viewing the midterm on Sunday so you can see if it is a timed assessment or essay. This allows you to look over the material and email your instructors any questions you might have.success

It’s also useful to think about the purpose of a major assessment overall. A major assessment is designed to test your knowledge of the course material, and possibly to apply the knowledge to a work-related scenario. With this in mind, consider your progress in the course. Do you thoroughly understand the lecture and textbook reading? How are you performing on the weekly activities? Has your instructor indicated an area you might need to improve or an idea you might not understand correctly? A great way to make sure you really understand a concept is to explain it to a friend, and think about how you will use the knowledge in the workplace. Take the initiative to read the supplemental reading provided by your instructor (located in the tracking calendar) as well as your own research. Read More…

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From Combat Boots to the Corporate Ladder

By: Josh Galle, Veterans and Government Recruiting Lead and Kelly Young, Human Resources Program Manager at Humana

Like many corporations, Humana has recognized the value that military veterans bring to the workforce.   From strong project management skills to punctuality and extensive travel experience, Veterans are an attractive candidate pool.  However, finding practical ways to translate your military experience into layman’s terms as someone transitioning out of the Service can be difficult.   Here are some tips to help you sell your military experience in the corporate world. Read More…

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Common Questions About Criminal Justice Degrees

What do you think of when you think of criminal justice? Sexy crime scene investigators in Miami? “Gumshoes” in trench coats?

Hopefully you are laughing at those outdated stereotypes. Very few criminal justice positions look like what you see on TV. But that doesn’t mean the field can’t be a fulfilling and exciting career path. If you are considering earning a criminal justice degree online or in a traditional classroom then knowing the answers to a few common questions will start you off on the right foot. Take a look at the tidbits below to find out more about the field of criminal justice. Read More…

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