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Traveling for the Tassel at Bryant & Stratton College Online graduation

Bryant & Stratton College Online is proud to have produced nearly 400 graduates in 2015. One of the most unique aspects of our Online campus is that we have students in every corner of the United States. many of our students are making their way to Buffalo, NY to cross the stage as part of the Class of 2015.

Just over 20% of our Online graduates will be making their way to Buffalo while nearly 23% will travel to other Bryant & Stratton College graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks. Our graduates will cover 23,134 miles in total as they travel to Buffalo with some students traveling over 2,000 miles to cross the stage.

The infographic below details even more about where our Online graduates are coming from this year as they travel for the tassel (right click and select View Image to see the full size graphic). Read More…

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How Employer Insight Helps Us Help You

In today’s job market, it’s not enough for recent graduates to simply have a strong academic record. Companies are looking to hire individuals who can grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of their workplace over time. Skills like critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to communicate effectively are now a crucial part of any job applicant’s resume.

The higher education community has taken note – colleges and universities are looking for ways to better prepare students for careers after they graduate. At Bryant & Stratton College, we’ve launched our EmployableYOU program to do just that. Read More…

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The Hardcore Truth about Soft Skills

Job hunters: to be competitive in this job market, you must pay special attention to showcasing your hard skills and soft skills in a balanced way. No longer is it sufficient to only demonstrate your hard skills.

To be clear, hard skills are job functions or tasks that can be measured, require specific knowledge and abilities, and can be taught.  Examples are: accounting, software development and medical treatment. Hard skills will help you make the cut, but all things being equal in that area, employers will whittle down the remaining candidates by evaluating their soft skills.

Soft skills are more related to personality, how one interacts with others and how one performs his or her work.

In an April, 2014, survey by CareerBuilder, 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals identified the top ten soft skills they are looking for in job candidates. They are: Read More…

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Tips for Succeeding at the Portfolio Project

Most courses at Bryant & Stratton College contain a portfolio project. The portfolio project is critical because it allows you to apply the knowledge from the course to a project your will create. Also, in many cases the project is similar to something you will create when working in your field.  Devoting time to the portfolio project will help you get the most out of each course.

The first step in succeeding in the portfolio project is viewing the directions for the project as soon as they are available. Be sure to check for them each week in the Activities folder. Sometimes they are available as early as week 1, as many projects will have some element of the portfolio project, such as a draft or outline, due before the final project.

If possible, print the directions so you can highlight or make notes. After reading, ask yourself: Do I understand each part of the assignment?  Do I know what I need to do earn a high score in each category of the rubric? If any part of the project is unclear, email your instructor right away. The next step is to look at the “deliverables” for the project. This could be a topic selection activity, outline, or rough draft.  These deliverables are a great opportunity for you to receive feedback from your peers and instructor. It’s also a way to ensure you are working towards the project over time and not putting it off until right before the final project is due. Read More…

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The Fastest Ways to Complete Your Degree Online

At Bryant & Stratton College, we understand busy students want to fast-track their new career by pursuing the fastest online degree possible. There are several things  students can do in order to accelerate their academic journey from point A to Point Z. With a little planning and careful attention to detail, receiving an online degree in their desired field of study may require less time than students think.

Here are tips on how to acquire the fastest online degree to enhance your career and amplify your earning potential. Read More…

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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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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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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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