Friday, March 27, 2015

Instant access to information isn’t a green light

We all know the old saying: “Don’t believe everything you hear”.  As a society, we have come so far from this concept because of our quest for speed and instant access to information.  Social media continues to change how people communicate with each other.  We post almost anything we think, say, and are doing via social media because our society encourages real-time sharing and immediate response to the constant flow of information available to us.  While this may serve society’s needs, instant access to any information should be critically evaluated—especially research retrieved from the Internet.

Students and educators should approach online research and evaluate sources with scrutiny.  Be critical of information obtained from any media outlet, because many factors are influencing its delivery: economics, competition, and advertisers. Just because students and educators are able to get instant information doesn’t necessarily make it quality information, or academic, for that matter.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dwindling primary care practitioners: A growing issue in U.S. healthcare

In a previous blog post, Carole Bergeron, RN, PhD, Academic Program Manager for Post University’s Healthcare MBA program, informed us that she has been looking for a primary care physician for at least three months and finally found one.  And she is not the only one!

Historically, physician practices have not grown the number of patients in the form other ordinary businesses and commercial enterprises attracting new customers or clients would do in order to generate more income. Furthermore, previous innovative models like panel designations and incentives utilized to increase access to primary care have not worked, and the new Accountable Care model being instituted may not prove itself as a solution to this growing problem.  As a matter of fact, it may actually aggravate the problem further.

The problem lies in the persistent concentration on trying to solve how we pay for services and not properly addressing access to care. This may also be related to the lack of an actual true consumer driven market, the unfulfilled expectations of care, and the never-ending quest to control healthcare by various organizations, private interests, and physician groups.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The value of an on-campus internship

Editor’s Note: Marx Cadet, Junior Criminal Justice major, contributed to this blog.

Internships are short-term work experiences in a student’s major that allow them to observe and participate in professional work environments and explore how their interests relate to possible careers. Students will choose an internship based on their major field of study. Internships can offer students an opportunity to increase their skills and work with other colleagues in the same industry.

Reasons for on-campus internships: Some resident students do not have transportation or have very full academic schedules with no time to travel off campus. Other students have part-time jobs off campus or participate in athletic teams. These situations are challenging to students and can prohibit them from traveling off campus for a for-credit internship in their major. The on-campus internship program is aimed at being able to provide valuable for-credit internships to help enable all students to be able to have the opportunity to complete an internship before graduating, whether their major requires an internship or not.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fourteen best technology tools for learning

It seems like every day new technology tools are being developed to make our lives easier and to get work done faster.  Technology tools are a huge help to those of us in education too.  Whether you are a student or a teacher, you can use technology tools to help you:

  • Keep track of your schedules and scheduling group meetings
  • Take notes to study for exams
  • Create multimedia presentations
  • Collect resources on a specific topic
  • Store important files

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photos: Post goes to Paris for Spring Break Study Tour

A group of Post students, accompanied by John Rohlfing, Professor of Art, and Linda Kobylarz, Director of Post’s Honors Program, visited Paris this month for a Spring Break Study Tour! To share their incredible journey, we’ve collected photos of their trip, highlighting their excursions to some of Paris’ cornerstone charms! 

Students smiling at airport baggage claim.
Arriving at the airport in New York City, ready for departure!

Friday, March 13, 2015

5 Questions with Chris Szpryngel: Baby Boomers putting off retirement, staying longer in the workforce

1. As Baby Boomers begin to reach the traditional retirement age, nearly half of them, 49 percent, say they do not plan to retire by the age of 65, according to a 2014 Gallup Poll. With Baby Boomers working into their late-60s and 70s, some because they have to for financial reasons, and some because they want to, what effects does it have on the work force?
First of all this is a good thing.  There are not enough employees representing younger generations in the workforce that have the experience or advanced education needed to do the job of the mature workers. If Baby Boomers decide to begin retiring in large numbers, there will be large gaps in the workforce in the next few years, particularly in the senior management ranks. So the impact of boomers working into their 70s can be extremely positive. 
When you take into account the costs and efforts of recruiting, interviewing, training, and the time it takes new employees to assimilate into the organization’s culture, retaining mature employees may make more fiscal sense. Retraining a mature employee and redesigning certain jobs can still be more cost-effective than looking to replace current positions with new hires. Many human resource professionals will tell you that mature workers exhibit desirable characteristics that include loyalty, varied work / life experience, organizational and industry knowledge, and a wealth of internal and external relationships developed over the years. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Four key points in drafting an elevator pitch

The term, “elevator pitch”, is jargon for a one-minute explanation of who you are.  It’s termed that because the length is typically the time it takes a person to ride an elevator; 30 to 60 seconds. Whether you are looking to sell yourself as a potential employee, sell a product or service, or collect information about a career, everyone needs a pitch.  An elevator pitch allows others to quickly zero in on the value you bring and understand your focus so they can help you reach your goal. It is something you can use while answering a question about yourself in a job interview or during any networking situation.

However, before anyone can help you, you need to understand yourself and what you bring to the table. You are the expert on yourself, and having a basic understanding of who you are is the key to creating a powerful pitch. Remember, no one knows you better than you, so it is your job to market yourself effectively. Your pitch will vary depending on your experience and networking situation. There are four basic parts to an elevator pitch and with a little practice, your message will come across as well thought out and professional. Here are the four parts you need to consider when preparing: