A master's degree has become an increasingly valuable asset for professionals in various fields today. There's no question that a program for graduates is a major life commitment that requires varying but substantial measures of energy, time, money, and self-motivation.
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The world has changed a lot over the past two years. From a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders to canceled events, people are just now finally getting back into the swing of “normal life.” For Roanna Valdellon, the last two years have been a mixed bag of chaos and excitement. Valdellon, who currently works in human resources in the sports industry, started her MBA program at Johnson & Wales University Online in 2019.
Since then, it has been a whirlwind.
We’ve all been there: You worked hard to finish a project for a class. You read over the project assignment and textbook chapters multiple times to make sure you did everything right; you took great notes during classes on all relevant information; you even printed out a copy at home to proofread your project for typos and spelling errors! Then, the grade comes back: 87%.
That’s a great grade, you think. However, you worked hard. What else could you have possibly done to get a 100%?
Good news: Your instructor has likely already told you.
Messaging apps started trending in the mid-2010s and still show no sign of slowing down. It all started on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WeChat with private messages, but today’s messaging app options have grown exponentially. Privacy and data security issues have also mushroomed over the years, especially as more developers began throwing their apps into the ring.
COVID-19 has impacted a lot of things—including how we restrict face-to-face interactions. Many interviews are now taking place virtually, especially in the early stages of the talent search.
In recent years, online job interviews have become more popular and many companies, including Hilton, are regularly using technology to conduct preliminary interviews. During the pandemic, job interviews for nearly every stage of the hiring process became the norm.
Since the rise of standardized tests in the 1990s, many students have been taught how to write in conditions that radically differ from those of higher education. Reading texts curated by a testing company, often disconnected from subject matter, and planning and writing a short essay in an hour or so is nothing like higher education writing. This challenges students to re-learn good writing habits.
The ability to celebrate special occasions, visit new destinations, savor a meal at your favorite restaurant, or attend any type of event—be it sporting, a concert, or even a conference—was shattered this year due to the pandemic. Always fragile, hospitality was perhaps one of the industries hardest hit during the COVID-19 outbreak.
With so many social media platform options out there, it can be difficult to know where to spend your time. When it comes to building your personal brand and increasing enagement, Instagram is one place you will want to seriously consider.
There are so many places to keep up within the digital world of social media. Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat—these are just a few of the platforms that you can use to establish your personal brand. Building a personal brand can help young entrepreneurs and professionals make a mark in the world.