As a student finishing up my undergrad, I hated group projects. I, an English major, preferred to buckle down and get whatever project or paper I was assigned finished on my own. But as a business minor, I found myself in courses that were completely different from my literature classes. As it turns out, business professors loved to assign group work — or that’s how it seemed to me. In my groups, I often found myself volunteering to write whatever assignment we were given in exchange for less face time during a presentation or less number-crunching during a finance project.
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At Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education, our goal is to deliver an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and professional growth. We know that sometimes life can get in the way of your plans — but that doesn’t mean you can’t further or complete your education. Our students are career professionals who are working toward real goals. With the help of our skilled, industry-trained faculty and staff, you can complete your degree online too.
Before graduating from college and pursuing my career in content production (and before I started writing for Career Catalyst!), I spent my nights and weekends working in restaurants. I worked in several roles — both in the front and back of the house — and I learned some amazing resume-building lessons as a result. Even though I went on to work in a completely different industry, I’ll always have an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to bring a great dining
experience to a patron. Also, I learned some skills that are still relevant in my current role.
Let’s face it: the holidays are exciting and fun but can sometimes drain you of your desire to do anything work-related. If you’re like me, all of the hustle and bustle makes it difficult for you to maintain your productivity level. Whether you’re taking classes or trying to complete tasks at work — or both! — procrastination can creep in and prevent you from accomplishing all of the things on your plate.
Here are five tips to help you stay on track as the year winds down:
1. Plan ahead.
With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we wanted to know who motivated our JWU College of Online Education students to start working toward their goals. This year, we asked our students:
Who has inspired or encouraged you to pursue your academic goals?
“My employer has encouraged me! It is a great comfort to know that your employer has faith in you to pursue your educational goals.”
— Vee McCromick ‘20, Hospitality Management
Each year, students in Johnson & Wales University’s Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management program organize the SEEM Leadership Conference, an event that brings together innovators and emerging leaders from across the industry to share advice and stories of their career successes and best practices.
During a discussion at Johnson & Wales University’s Third Annual Sports/Entertainment/Event Management Leadership Conference in Providence, professional panelist Mia Hall, a speaker and career transition consultant, reminded students that social media is a crucial tool that can be used to gain professional momentum.
“Social media builds your personal brand,” she said.
At Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, our classes are taught by industry professionals.
While studying in the MS – Criminal Justice program, students learn from seasoned practitioners, who bring their experience to life in the online classroom.
Event managers must be organized, punctual, assertive, and able to work under pressure, but, according to Dusty Rhodes, president and founder of Conventures, Inc., it also helps if they have superpowers.
“I once saved Sen. Kennedy when a falling tree threatened to ruin an event on live TV,” she said.