This year has been challenging for retail professionals, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence how consumers spend their money for the holidays. Here’s what you need to know.
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There’s no doubt that those with a finance degree have plenty of options when it comes to careers. There are many different work environments that are in need of finance professionals, from the private sector to government agencies to banking institutions and everything in between. The roles they fill are varied, including the management and analysis of things like investments, financial planning, risk assessment, credit, loans, and the list goes on.
Many look to the holiday season as a joyous time for friends and family. For others, this time can bring on or worsen stress, anxiety, and depression. And, while this has always been the case, 2020 is proving to intensify every emotion we typically feel. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost loved ones and will be missing people this year. Due to nationwide travel restrictions, our usual travel to see friends and family may not be happening.
A kitchen can be like a swirling black hole that unfortunately happens to be located on the other side of a swinging double door in the back of your establishment. People, food, and orders get sucked in and disappear in the form of bloated payroll and food cost and subpar meals. Finding effective kitchen managers — individuals with the skills, experience, and demeanor to turn this void into a center of efficiency and driver of guest satisfaction — is critical to your financial success and can provide a significant competitive advantage over your competition.
Do you need a competitive edge to get ahead in your career? For some, going back to school to complete a degree program just is not an option. If you are looking to upskill or learn something new without committing to a degree program, consider earning a micro-certificate.
What Are Micro-Certificates?
Taking just a short time to complete, micro-certificates can help you build your skills and add an eye-catching line to your resume. These short degree programs are affordable and designed to give you a focused study in one specific area or industry.
Deciding between which type of graduate degree you want to pursue can be difficult. Between an MBA, MS, MA, and more it can be tricky to choose what’s best for you. However, according to Johnson & Wales University’s Karen Silva Ed.D., the MBA is the “gold standard” when it comes to graduate degrees related to business. “It covers all areas of business-operations; decision making, marketing, leadership, finance, accounting, ethics, etc, therefore individuals obtaining this degree have a well-rounded approach to business management,” she said.
To meet the needs of the evolving workforce and students impacted by the current pandemic, Johnson & Wales University has expanded its portfolio to offer a variety of new micro-certificates. These online programs give both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn industry-relevant credentials in their fields without committing to a full degree program.
If you are a big sports fan and love athletic events, sports management could be the right career for you. The best first step to getting into sports management is to earn your degree and apply for an internship in a position related to the career of your dreams.
Patrick Leary, ED.D., Johnson & Wales University department chair and associate professor of Sports, Entertainment, Event - Management programs said, “Undoubtedly, an internship or the requisite field experience is now a ‘must have’ versus a ‘nice to have’ for any graduate looking to break into the sports industry.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the future looks bright for communication jobs: