Professional Development

  • Over 40 and Trying to Compete for the Top Jobs?  

    Over 40 and Trying to Compete for the Top Jobs?  
    Beth Dumbauld

    Has it been a few years (or decades) since your last final exam? Now is a great time to pick up some new knowledge and skills, and improve your career prospects in the process. Whether you are looking for a promotion or a new job, it’s always a great idea to shore up your experience by taking online courses. Online education is an excellent option for students of all ages—and it’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to stay current and relevant in a tough job market. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Employment Challenges After 40 Entering the job market after you hit the big 4-0 can be a bit daunting. Older workers tend to spend significantly more time looking for a job than younger people do ...

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  • Improve Your Business Skills with Competency-Based Learning

    Improve Your Business Skills with Competency-Based Learning
    Beth Dumbauld

    With only 29% of enrolled college undergraduates identifying as traditional students, too many college programs are providing facilities and services that working adults just don't need.That's why schools offering competency based programs are becoming increasingly critical to adults who need to fill skills gaps and earn the credentials they need. Chief Learning Officer editor Kate Everson highlights a new study by Michelle R. Weise, a senior research fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, that shows how "competency-based learning is another way business and academics are connecting to fill the skills gap," in an article she wrote for the Chief Learning Officer blog: "I ...

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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Summer College Courses as an Adult Learner

    Beth Dumbauld

    To advance in your career, you'll need to regularly upgrade your skills. This may mean taking a class or two this summer - or you may find that you need to earn a degree. Continuing your education online is particularly attractive to adult learners. Online education allows you to learn anywhere, anytime – and at your own pace. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! Before you enroll in classes this summer, here are several of the important do’s and don’ts of taking college courses that adult learners should consider: DO:  Think about how your existing job or career could be enhanced by completing college courses this summer for credit. Could a couple of college courses be standing be ...

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  • How To Get Ahead In Your Career Over Spring Break

    How To Get Ahead In Your Career Over Spring Break
    Beth Dumbauld

    [Updated 3/2016] Plans fall though, budgets shrink, and even Florida gets cold sometimes. You can use this to your advantage by embracing a travel-free Spring Break this year – and focusing on your career. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! Use your time off to get a jumpstart on your job search, tap into a network of professionals, and be confident that you have all the credits you need to graduate on time. Here’s how: Give your resume the 15-second test. Hiring managers typically spend 15 seconds looking over a resume before making the keep-it or toss-it decision. What kind of first impression does yours give off? Ask several people to look over your resume and make the necessary changes to ensure that yo ...

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  • Improve Your Writing Skills, Improve Your Chances for Success

    Barry Lenson

    Are You a Confident Writer? When you have to write something, how do you feel? Do you dread writing, as many people do? Do you procrastinate and stall? Do you experience writer’s block and stare at a blank computer screen, unable to put down your first words? And when you are done, do you worry that what you have written is just not good enough, or that it contains errors that you cannot identify? If so, chances are that your lack of confidence as a writer could affect your ability to succeed in your career. Because people who do write well – who can quickly produce clear and correct copy – possess a skill that’s unusual today, and valuable. It gets noticed, and it helps people get ahead on the job. Quickly Learn Top-Notch Wr ...

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