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?
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If I were to grant you one wish, what would it be? To win the lottery? Rap along with Jay-Z and Kanye on stage? Travel the world by sailboat? For many, the answer is most often to increase their knowledge and education. (Really, I swear!) With the expansion of higher education into an online setting, education is more readily available to those wishing to pursue it than ever before. My own educational goals have taken me online (I’m currently a Ph.D. student online and I completed my master’s online), and I’ve taught several online courses at Johnson & Wales University. Thinking about what I’ve learned, I have compiled a short list of effective ways to be a better online learner. Here it goes!
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.
Zachary Niemiec is currently pursuing his MBA from the Johnson & Wales University School of Online & Continuing Education. Doubt almost prevented him from entering grad school—here’s how fear, Buzzfeed, and Reading Rainbow spurred him to chase opportunity.
In a study conducted last year on factors that affect retention in online learning, I came across some interesting information on student style. Through a collection of both quantitative and qualitative data, three personality styles came through: Outgoing learners, neutral learners and hands-off learners.
Are you searching for a new position? If so, be sure to review these nine unconventional resume mistakes to ensure you have the greatest chance of securing an interview.