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Posted December 20, 2016 by

6 rules for women who want to become corporate leaders

Many recent college grads head into the job search just hoping to land that first job to start their career. Others graduate from college with a clear goal in mind: To become a corporate leader, company president, CEO, or major industry influencer.

If the latter fits your career aspirations, and you are a female seeking to climb the corporate ladder to career success, then follow the lead from Melissa Greenwell, author of Money On The Table: How to Increase Profits Through Gender-Balanced Leadership (Greenleaf Book Group, January 2017).  Greenwell is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of national retailer The Finish Line, Inc., and a certified executive coach who helps women and men understand how they can leverage natural strengths to identify and make behavioral changes that help them succeed as senior leaders.

Greenwell’s book, Money on the Table, includes several stories from women who didn’t follow a corporate path and leveraged their passion and leadership skills to build their own businesses.

“When you are someone that others follow or look to for help, you will stand out from the crowd,” says Greenwell. “You won’t need to push your way through.”

To get started on the path to career success, and to become an influential female leader, follow these tips and advice from Greenwell:

1. Be the best team player one can be: The first thing a recent grad should do, beyond mastering their subject matter, is to learn how to be the best team player they can be. Help others, volunteer for assignments, and make the extra effort to move projects or initiatives forward that will enable the organization to be successful. “When leaders see you working for the good of the organization, they will notice,” says Greenwell. “This is the behavior they want to see in their future leaders.” Pay close attention to the best leaders in the organization. Ask one to mentor you. Make it known that you want to earn a position in leadership. (more…)

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Posted December 15, 2016 by

Four ways recent college grads benefit from completing Massive Open Online Courses

Looking for unique ways to add skills and complete classes to advance your career? Then consider completing a Massive Open Online Couse. Also known as a MOOC.

According to Techtarget.com, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), are “free Web-based distance learning programs designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students. A MOOC may be patterned on a college or university course or may be less structured. Although MOOCs don’t always offer academic credits, they provide education that may enable certification, employment or further studies.”

Why should recent college grad consider completing a Massive Open Online Courses?

Because lifelong learning is essential to career success, and that’s exactly what Massive Open Online Courses provide. Through a MOOC, college students, recent college grads, and adult learners are able to take free classes to improve their foreign language skills, add additional tech/software skills, and/or learn about machine learning or artificial intelligence. Students can complete a MOOC to complement their current major or area of study, to learn how to start their own business, or to add critical skills to a resume. There is no limit to the course topic a MOOC can cover, and there is no limit to the location of the students completing a MOOC. As MOOCs evolve, the completion of these courses are becoming more respected by employers, and some MOOC programs offer, for a small fee, certifications and badges upon completion, which bolster the credibility of these courses.

“Taking courses online can open doors to opportunities you never thought of,” said Gelena Sachs, Director of People Operations for Udemy, the world’s largest destination for online courses. “Finding a full-time job that aligns with a major or degree, right out of college, can be the ultimate challenge for many grads. Online learning allows job seekers to further expand their skills and broaden the landscape of opportunities.”

One Udemy student, Alexa, moved to New York after graduating to pursue her dream job of working in an art gallery, but had to take another job in the meantime to pay the bills. She took courses through Udemy to learn about marketing and transformed the job she thought she’d settled for into a different kind of opportunity she never knew she wanted.

Here’s another example: Social media continues to transform industries, while the tools themselves continue to evolve. Social media careers are hot, and constantly evolving. According to Altimeter’s recent Social Business Survey, 41% of enterprise marketing teams say ‘social education and training to build new skills’ is a top priority. To meet this growing demand from employers, Hootsuite Academy offers online video-based training on social media skills and strategy at a great post-graduation price point: Free.

“Even with a diploma in hand, graduates should never stop honing their skills,” says Cameron Ugernac, Senior Director of Community and Education, Hootsuite, a leading social media management platform.

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Posted March 17, 2015 by

Peak Performance: How to Fuel Your Career in Sports Nutrition

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Two young nutritionists posing in a gym – one with an apple and one with weights. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most nutritionists help people choose the right foods for basic health. A sports nutritionist creates eating and supplement regimens that help athletes achieve peak performance. Because so many individual pro athletes are incorporating nutritional strategies into their training, the demand for sports nutritionists is growing. In fact, job openings for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow 21 percent over the next 10 years. (more…)

Posted October 31, 2014 by

How to Become a Real Estate Agent after Graduation

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Real estate: Agent ready to sell home. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Choosing the best profession can be a daunting affair especially in modern times. Though there is prevalence of information, you might be lost with choices, as all careers look promising at a glance. Real estate still is a lucrative profession and you can create an excellent career with the right information. (more…)

Posted October 07, 2013 by

Will Landing an Entry Level Job Depend More on Your College Major or Soft Skills?

While many college students may focus on what area to major in, they should also consider obtaining soft skills in order to land an entry level job in today’s workforce.  Learn more in the following post.

Many of us agonized over choosing our college major. We were told that the major we chose would determine our career path and our earnings potential for the rest of our life. What we weren’t told was most of us would never work within our chosen field anyway; that our major doesn’t matter. And that

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Posted June 14, 2013 by

Is There a Change Going on in the Entry Level Job Market?

You may have heard of a time when college graduates could get jobs right out of school, but today that’s not always the case.  According to the following post, the need for one particular thing may be creating a change in the entry level job market.

Economic woes have seen school leavers choose quality degrees with better job prospects.

My oldest offspring Tom yesterday joined the ranks of the employed. He is working as a traffic announcer on BBC Radio Oxford. It’s what he has wanted to do since he was 15. Not announce the traffic on BBC Oxford. Work in the radio business.

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The changing entry level job market – trefor.net

Posted September 18, 2012 by

How Technology Factors Into Nursing

Three medical professionals watching a screenThe medical field, like nearly every other professional discipline today, is being continuously affected and enhanced by the development of new technology. Technology is making the study and practice of medicine easier, faster, more accurate and more relevant for medical professionals, their patients and loved ones.

Whether a medical student is enrolled in a traditional brick-and-mortar institution or is jumping on the technological bandwagon right from the start by enrolling in an online masters degree in education with an eye towards a career in medicine, technology is involved of every step of the process today for becoming a medical professional. (more…)

Posted August 03, 2012 by

College Education Concerns for the United States

Americans constantly hear about the importance of getting a good college education.  Of course, this then should lead to getting a good job.  According to a recent infographic from Civitas Learning, a start-up backed in part by Adam Dell’s Austin Ventures and focused on improving key academic outcomes in higher education through data analytics, there are some concerns for the U.S. when it comes to students earning degrees. (more…)

Posted July 26, 2012 by

Defining the Masters in Project Management

Master's in Project ManagementWhen considering a master’s degree in the field of project management, it can be difficult to decide which path is truly right for you. Without doing the proper research, a master’s degree in project management can easily be confused with a master’s degree in human resources or a master’s in business administration. What is the difference between these programs? Which one is better? Let’s find out the truth behind these degree’s and their titles, as well as how they can help you reach your professional goals. (more…)

Posted July 26, 2012 by

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: How to Remain Focused While Earning an Online Degree

Focused While Earning an Online DegreeThe majority of students, from those seeking their online RN to BSN to individuals earning a Distance Learning MBA, are discovering the many advantages the internet, in terms of education, has to offer. Flexibility, lower costs, a multitude of degree programs and opportunity to stay home in the rain to attend classes are just a few of the benefits online education offers to first time students, those seeking advanced degrees and busy professionals.

Unfortunately, the lack of one-on-one instruction and invigorating classroom involvement has a negative impact on many online students, causing them to lose focus, which can have a negative impact on their grades and future job prospects. If you’re concerned about dealing with the solitude and need for self-motivation that online education requires, here are a few strategies, tips and tricks to help ensure you remain focused and successful: (more…)