Having taught both online and on-ground courses (and a combination of both) and also taken several online courses while completing my doctoral degree, I have first-hand experience in online education from both the teacher and student perspective. Students often ask me about the amount of time they’ll need to complete an online course.
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A résumé is a powerful tool that can open the door to an interview and ultimately to the job of your dreams. When seeking a career transition, it’s especially important to take a close look at your résumé and how it appears to prospective employers. How can you leverage your current education and experience in a new field or industry? What components are missing that would help you develop the well-rounded skill set that matches the position you are seeking? Here are some helpful action items to consider.
What do you value? For those of you considering or already pursuing a degree online, it would seem that you must value advancing your education since you’ve chosen to devote a good bit of your time, arguably your most precious resource, to your studies.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you are dodging some sort of deadline. However, unlike other distractions, the five minutes it takes you to read this post could be time well spent. As a writer, I’m often faced with a date circled in red, the ticking of the clock. And whether you are an employee with a proposal due or a student with a final looming, we all are often on some sort of countdown. Here are some strategies to help get the job done.
An internship offers the typical undergraduate student a logical way to gain work experience in their field of interest and ultimately secure employment. But what path is there for those outside the initial stages of their careers like adult students—more than half of who are, according to multiple studies, interested in changing fields?
Have you seen a little Disney movie called Frozen? You know, the Academy Award–winning, Billboard-topping, sales-crushing juggernaut of a film that continues to dominate pop culture nearly a year-and-a-half after its release? If you are a parent of a young child (and I am), chances are that you have seen it not once but 740 times by now—or approximately 2.5 times a day since it was released on DVD. I wish I was exaggerating.
Before starting at the Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education as Communications Coordinator, I worked in magazines for more than a decade. Depending on the magazine, my world orbited around covering fashion and celebrity news, editing stories on dream homes, or eating in famous test kitchens—you could say this world was on a different planet from the world of higher education. But I’ve always been passionate about the topic and jumped at the opportunity to use my writing and editing background in this new role.
Once upon a time, a notebook, sharp pencil, and perhaps a calculator were all that a student needed to complete coursework. Today’s classrooms run at bandwidth speed, and the smarter your computer the more likely you are to ace the next project. It’s no surprise, then, that the software you use while learning matters a great deal. Perhaps just as important is having up-to-date technology that will easily translate from the classroom to the real world after graduation.