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Finding a Career to Match You

The time we spend at work can often consume a large amount of our waking hours. So, wouldn’t you rather be doing something that feels fulfilling and fits your personality?

Selecting the right career path for yourself has to do with many factors. Salary and growth opportunities are a couple of ways to decide on a career but making them your only decision makers could put on you a career path where you are ultimately unhappy. In addition to financial reasons, try thinking about what you do well, your passions and your own personality.

To help with your career management, below are four career fields and common characteristics of people who work in each area.

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You can’t ignore information literacy skills – especially in an online degree program

If you think being information literate is only for librarians or academic researchers you could be costing yourself a better grade, a better job or even a better understanding of the world around you.

While information literacy may seem like a nonsensical term your instructors made up for their own enjoyment, it is actually a very valuable core skill. At Bryant & Stratton College Online, we value it so much that it is one of the 10 core skills we expect students to attain before graduation.

 

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Online School Classroom VS Traditional Classroom Learning

While contemplating, deciding, entertaining, and fathoming the thought of going back to get your degree is one thing; but thinking about which platform accommodates you and your family’s expectations and needs, is quite another decision that has to be carefully considered and evaluated. Personally, I know from first-hand experience what it is like to go and participate in an online school classroom and the traditional classroom (on-campus) learning environments. As a student investigating the advantages and disadvantages what may or may not work for my family and I, taking the proactive approach versus reactive which led me to make the ultimate decision that had worked out for my own particular situation; which, may not always be the best for you and your family’s needs, but the decision is yours. Many of us are conscious that online schools are gaining momentum versus the traditional classroom learning environment, as was the trend back in the day.

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Back To College – Goodbye Summer, Hello School

Fall is a season that represents change and transition. It is a season that brings about football, all-things pumpkin and a fresh school year. Students from third grade through doctorate studies are a few short weeks away from starting classes and heading back to college for another year.

For many, this isn’t just back to college but it is the start of a new journey. Students entering their first semester of college are entering a new atmosphere that, in many ways, will be foreign to them. For some, it means moving away from home and into a dormitory for the first time. Others are learning to find a schedule that will balance work, family life and classes as they prepare to return to college – perhaps even in an online setting.

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Adventures in Human Resources

Meeeooowwww…….

As I sat at my desk processing new hire paperwork, I was wondering if I was dreaming. Did I really hear a cat on the second floor of the suburban building my office was located in? Thinking I must be hearing things I continued to work on my paperwork. What I should have known is in the world of Human Resources, there is no typical day and that day was no exception.

Eight years earlier, on a hot and muggy day in Bowling Green, Ohio, I was sitting on the floor with a college catalog. I was struggling to figure out what career I would pursue after I graduated with my undergraduate degree.

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Build Your Career. Start Today.

Don’t wait until graduation to start preparing yourself for a career change or advancement. Start taking small steps while you are still in school. This will better prepare you and can help build your career more effectively after graduation. Here are a few actions to consider that can help make you more desirable in a tough job market:

Research what you can do with your degree. As a Bryant & Stratton College student, you have access to a number of research and information databases that are not free to the public. While you are a student, take advantage of this access. Use the Virtual Library outside of your classwork. Research articles on job advancement and placement, different positions requiring your degree, and labor statistics and data in your area.

Build a resume. If you haven’t already, start building your resume. Adding to an existing one after graduation is quicker than designing one from scratch. Take advantage of the Career Services Department and your Career Management Seminar to perfect resume building. The Optimal Resume program available to Bryant & Stratton College students is the perfect place to create and store a developing resume.

Add more to your resume. Consider seeking out supplemental experience to enhance your resume. Volunteer at a local organization, research professional groups or societies online, or look into certifications that will improve your marketability. Talk to successful people or employers in your field and ask them what they look for in potential employees.

Practice Interviewing. Ask a friend to go over a mock interview with you. Have them ask you questions that you are not expecting and did not prepare for beforehand. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be!

Work hard to achieve good grades. Making Dean’s List or qualifying for the Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society looks excellent on a resume.

In a tough economy, these small steps can add value to your degree. Don’t wait until graduation to start thinking about your career and how to be successful in it!

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Help! How do I cite legal materials in my papers?

As a paralegal student, or as a student who needs to cite a case or a statute in a paper, you may be wondering how to get started.  It may seem overwhelming to have both the Bryant & Stratton College APA Style Guide and the Bluebook sitting in front of you when you do not know which one is applicable to your paper.

The first thing you need to know is that the Bryant & Stratton College APA Style Guide controls the vast majority of your paper.  It will assist you in setting up your margins, spacing your paper, and in creating the basic in-text citations and references you will need, among other things.  The only time you need the Bluebook is to cite primary legal materials.

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Webinar Recap: Citation: Using APA & the Bluebook Together

In today’s internet-age information is so readily available, causing an increase in instances of plagiarism – especially accidental or ‘responsible’ plagiarism.

The webinar Citation: Using APA & the Bluebook Together helped attendees identify instances where citation is necessary and what reference materials to use and how to properly cite information.

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Those that fail to plan…

If you live your life by the old saying, “those that fail to plan, plan to fail,” there’s an emerging career you may want to check out – Project Management.

What exactly is project management?
The Project Management Institute, a globally recognized professional organization, defines it as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.” That’s a good start, but let’s use an example to bring this definition to life.

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You Said What Online????

The great thing about starting a new year is that you can resolve to change all sorts of bad behaviors – you know, things like downing four glazed donuts every morning or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey every Friday night, spending way too much money on that online gambling site, or waiting until the last minute to get started on your course assignments.

Right. We all know that probably most of those resolutions will be toast by, oh, mid-February at the latest. However, there is one resolution you need to make – and can probably keep – right now. It will not only make this year better for you, but in terms of your career future, it will likely keep potential employers from deciding you don’t quite have the professional maturity they were looking for.

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