Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Giving back this holiday season

Giving back to our community has always been important to us -- during the holidays, and all year-round. But this year, we're banding together even closer to help support the families of victims in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., which is located just about 19 miles southwest of our campus.

Two of our employees lost family members, and we mourn with them and all the families who are grieving. We hope you'll join us as we continue to keep the victims' families and friends and our entire country in our thoughts and prayers during this terribly difficult time.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Job seekers, stop trying to beat resume robots

FORGET THE BOTS: There are better ways to reach employers
than trying to beat resume screening software
One of job seekers' greatest pursuits today is ensuring their resume gets past automated screening software and lands in human hands. There's been no shortage of news articles over the past few years emphasizing the need to pack your resume with keywords from the job description, place them in the right order, and format your resume so it's bot-friendly, among other guidelines.

But while all this engineering can help you clear the software hurdle, it does not replace the best way to land a job: build relationships and network, also called BRAN for short. Who you know still counts. In fact, 80 percent of jobs are landed through networking, according to an ABC News report.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

7 higher education trends for 2013

LOOKING AHEAD: We'll be entering 2013 with new
momentum around the way we teach and learn
In the higher education sector, 2012 will perhaps be remembered most for the explosion of the MOOC. This model has brought new attention to online education, and has helped underscore the need to make education more accessible and self-directed.

However, this development is just one of several trends we see having a major impact on the way we teach and learn as we head into 2013. For instance, other milestones that we highlighted in our Evolution of Distance Learning in Higher Education infographic in November will be built upon in new ways in the coming year. In particular, we see educational institutions sharpening their focus on online education, better meeting adult learner needs, and increasingly supporting lifelong learning.

With this in mind, here are seven trends to watch in the higher education industry in 2013.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why wouldn't you want to become an accountant?

NUMBER CRUNCHERS: Some of my students and I
work on an accounting problem
As an Academic Program Manager for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting in The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University, I am often asked to talk to audiences about accounting as a career. During the process, I am usually amazed at the stereotypes and biases expressed by those in attendance. As a result, I would like to go ahead and debunk two of the most common myths about becoming an accounting major leading to employment as an accountant.

Accounting myth #1: You must be a math whiz to succeed in accounting. This couldn't be any further from the truth! To be successful in an accounting degree program, students only need a little knowledge of basic math and a little common sense.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

7 ways to become better at any profession

REACHING THE TOP: Lifelong learning is crucial
to professional success
When you take on a new job or assignment, 60 percent of it should be what you know and 40 percent should be what you learn. That's one of the most valuable lessons I learned during my career at IBM before joining Post University.

I had many assignments throughout my long tenure, at one point leading a team of 300 professionals across 170 countries. Through it all, I recognized the need to constantly learn, or else become stale and irrelevant in my job.

But the need to continually learn also extends far beyond the position you have now. Chances are, you will have many jobs throughout your lifetime, all of which will require varying knowledge, skills, and experiences. In fact, the Journal of Career Planning & Employment reports that a student leaving college today can expect to have three to five careers and 10 to 12 jobs during a work life that will last 40 to 50 years.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

And the winner of our latest Facebook sweepstakes
is ...

Last month, we celebrated National Distance Learning Week 2012 by creating an interactive infographic showing the evolution of distance learning in higher education.

In our infographic, several higher education experts weighed in with their predictions on what's next for distance learning and online education. And, we also asked YOU to tell us your prediction on our Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

We've closed submissions, and randomly selected a winner. Now, ladies and gentleman, it's time to announce that lucky entrant. Drum roll, please ...