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Posted June 04, 2016 by

Top 10 degrees that positively impact the world

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Most young people are college-bound and want to change the world. Here are the top 10  degrees that will help you have a positive impact on the world.

1. English

BA’s in English get a lot of flak for being one of the “useless” college degrees, but as many hiring managers should be able to tell you, English majors are equipped with critical thinking and communication skills that are useful in nearly every profession. Who knows? You might write a novel that brings to light and makes people think about a serious societal issue.

2. Business

This one will only have a positive impact on the world if students don’t allow themselves to become indoctrinated into the system. The business world needs innovators who will adapt to a changing world, keep ethics in mind, and care about people as much as their profit margins.

3. History

History majors are educated to be well-rounded thinkers, researchers, observers, writers, and, best of all, they understand the implications of history and how to apply the lessons it teaches us about the modern world.

4. Environmental Studies

It is no secret that environmental issues are one of the greatest challenges of our time. If you choose to major in environmental studies, you can embark on a path that will lay one or more of these issues to rest.

5. Psychology

Psychologists save lives, literally, by listening and helping others though the most trying times of their lives.

6. Film Studies

Like many other artistic pursuits, filmmakers have the ability to reach the general public and present them with new and challenging ideas.

7. Education

Many students cite a favorite teacher as the sole reason for pursuing a certain profession because that teacher inspired them.

8. Nursing

Nurses have more hands-on experience in saving people’s lives than most other professions.

9. Economics and Mathematics

The people who know how to handle and keep track of money truly run the world. Whether you help keep a good company in the black or help people with their investments, the impact of smartly-managed money can be enormous.

10. Civil Engineering

Whether you’re designing a bridge or a skyscraper, our society would not have gotten very far without good infrastructure. Civil engineering programs prepare students to build the societies of the future.

So when choosing what you want to major in and which degrees to pursue, remember that college is not necessarily about job training. It’s about allowing students to discover their talents and themselves.

Lizzie Weakley, freelance writer

Lizzie Weakley, freelance writer

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio, who went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. Follow Lizzie on Twitter @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.

 

Posted March 12, 2016 by

Preparing introverts and extroverts for the job search

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Introverts and extroverts handle things in very different ways. School counselors’ job is to help all of their students, and one of the best ways to do this is to know how introverts and extroverts prefer to do things. When preparing them to leave college and enter the job market, there are several things a counselor can do that will help tailor students’ paths with their personalities.

Discover which they are

Before school counselors begin counseling students based on their personalities, they have to determine if students are introverts or extroverts. Unless counselors have a longstanding and personal connection with students, it is probably a good idea to give them some tests to help determine their personality style. Tests — such as this one from Psychology Today — will help determine whether students are introverts or extroverts. Often students themselves are not aware of their own styles, and doing the test will be beneficial to both students and counselors.

Inform students how their personalities can impact their jobs

Many people do not know the difference between introverts and extroverts, and they often don’t know which category they fall into. Once school counselors have determined which one students are through some tests, they can begin telling students about what it means. Explain to students how extroverts and introverts may tackle different scenarios, and how they prefer to do things.

Choose the right application method

Now that both counselors and students understand the latter’s personality type, they can begin tailoring the application process for when they are looking for jobs. For example, counselors can tell extroverts that face-to-face interviews are better for them, since they are more outgoing, while introverts may be better at cover letters and resumes.

However, some application types cannot be avoided; in this case, counselors should help students improve on things that are not necessarily their strengths. For example, here are some ways that introverts can prepare for interviews.

In addition, school counselors can steer them towards jobs more suited to their personalities. As an example, an introvert may not be best suited for a sales position job, or one requiring a lot of group work. On the other hand, an extrovert is probably not suited for a job requiring them to work long hours alone.

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Suggest outside activities

Since a lot of college students do not have work experience they can add to their resumes, outside activities can help bolster them. Give students some options for things they can get involved with that will be suited for their personality types, along with their interests. The more activities they can get involved with, the better their resumes will look.

Encourage them to explore outside their style

While it is a good idea for students to play to their strengths, that does not mean they should avoid anything that makes them uncomfortable. School counselors should encourage students to keep an open mind, and to try some things not necessarily suited to their personality types. At some point along their career paths, students are probably going to do something outside their normal comfort zones, and by expanding their horizons now, they will be better equipped to handle it in the future.

Hopefully this short list will help school counselors tailor the counseling of their students. Helping students realize what their strengths are and how they can utilize them is a great tool for after they graduate and will help guide them for years to come.

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Posted June 23, 2015 by

The Top Ten Graduate Degrees for Prospective Health Care Professionals

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Healthcare is and has always been one of the best fields to enter when looking for good job prospects and competitive salaries. It doesn’t matter if you are a social butterfly or would rather be behind the scenes, healthcare has a job that fits you. Many of the best jobs in healthcare require a graduate or professional degree of some kind. These degrees are offered through schools such as Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). Here is a list of the top ten graduate degrees in healthcare: (more…)

Posted June 11, 2015 by

Creative Ways to Study Businesses on the Internet for Your Graduate Degree

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Deborah Anderson

One of the advantages that I have found, in my own pursuit of my doctorate degree, is the convenience of working while attending school and the synergistic way that the two compliment each other. Oh, it is true that that presents challenges in time management, with working full time and attending university full time, but isn’t life full of challenges? It is through those challenges that we grow. If we are analyzing our steps (even to a small degree) while we proceed through life, we can find more efficient ways of doing things and increase our chances of success.

I have had the advantage of already climbing to the top and functioning as a Chief Technology Officer in the financial industry. Believe me, that offers many opportunities to not only observe business but living in the center of it. Going back to the reference of the synergy between working and attending a university, the graduate work that I was doing also benefitted the business. And, the business work (career) benefitted the graduate work. (more…)

Posted February 16, 2015 by

Want a Job after Graduation? 5 College Courses You Shouldn’t Miss

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Cindy Bates

Despite the fact that we all have our particular degree requirements during our respective times at college, it is always helpful to be anticipating skills that are marketable in the workforce. Aside from offering the chance to take sunrise yoga as an activity course, this stipulation in the design of college degree programs exists to also allow students to vary their interests and their skill set in order to be more desirable as a new piece of meat in the job market. Yet, there are those college courses that everyone should take—not only to make oneself more attractive to a possible employer, but also to gain life skills that are essential to functioning in life: (more…)

Posted January 26, 2015 by

Developmental and Leadership Education Affecting Healthcare Quality

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Development and leadership education affecting healthcare quality has been highlighted as the long term solution to the healthcare problems that affect the healthcare industry both at the state level as well as the national level.

It is paramount to bring psychology into the healthcare industry. Psychology is vital in the evolving healthcare system. Psychologists are in a pole position as providers of healthcare to people with mental illnesses and other disorders such as chronic physical conditions and substance use disorders. For psychologists to provide effective services, they should be incorporated into organizational development and healthcare leadership by including them on commissions, advisory panels, coalitions and other assorted committees. They should be given appointments where their views on proper health care management can be heard at the state level. (more…)

Posted October 08, 2014 by

Which College Degrees Are Most in Demand?

Prospective college students have so many career fields to choose from.  As they consider what fields to major in, they might be curious about the ones that are most popular among students.  In the following infographic, learn which college degrees are most in demand. (more…)

Posted October 08, 2014 by

7 Simple Ways To Make Employees Love Their Jobs

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Contrary to popular opinion, employees are not necessarily motivated by position, power, or prosperity. Instead, the highest order of incentives come from raising employee self-esteem and offering work that stimulates a sense of self-actualization. In many businesses, office problems arise because of a high turnover rate due to front-line managers and supervisors not being aware of how to provide employees with meaningful work incentives. Proprietary office staffing offers the the ability to strategically recruit employees at all levels of management. (more…)

Posted July 15, 2014 by

Are You a College Student Considering an MBA Before Searching for Jobs? 3 Factors for Making Your Decision

Before searching for jobs, a college student may be thinking about getting an MBA.  How would he or she know what is the right decision?  Consider these three factors in the following post.

Should I get an MBA? Ah, the great MBA debate. Like any heavy decision, a myriad of moving pieces and puzzling parts are involved. And there’s no shortage of internal voices and talking heads offering their unsolicited advice. For every post you read in support of an MBA, you find another cautioning against an MBA. Whichever argument you choose to make,

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Posted April 23, 2014 by

Psychology: An Acute Alternative For Medical Career

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A lot of options are available once you finish your high school. You come across various courses through which you could make your career. Well, some of the people choose engineering while others like to get into the medical field. While a lot of streams are available in medical, but most of the people have confusions to opt for psychology.  One of the reasons is the career related opportunities regarding this field.

This is the fact that many institutes make graduates regarding the same field. This in turn creates competition. The numbers of health centers compared to the number of graduates are not too much. Hence it becomes extra challenging to get a relevant job in a medical field. In other situations people also think of where to put their own clinics and health centres. But firstly, this is not an affordable solution and secondly, who takes guarantee for its successful running? (more…)