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    Environmental Careers: Knowing When It’s Time to Make a Change

    As individuals embark upon their environmental career paths, they may overlook the fact that their interests are likely to change over time. Just starting out, people tend to be very excited simply to be working in their field. For the first year or two on a job, every activity is new as they learn new skills and gain greater and far more specific knowledge about their specialty.

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    Your Kids Are Back In School, What’s Next?

    Summer is passing quickly, and before you know it, your kids will be back in school. You may have put your career goals on hold for a season to care for and enjoy your children, but now you’re ready to start thinking about your next career move and the short- and long-term goals you wish to achieve.

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    Looking for a New Career? Try Starting with a Self-Audit to Document Your Experience

    You aren't happy in your job. You want a challenging career with better pay, better hours and better benefits, but you don't know what else you can do. Here's how to perform a self-audit of your credentials.

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    Shifting Careers

    Shifting Gears: How to Become a Teacher After a Career in Business

    For some business people, a career in education may seem enticing, offering a completely different environment from the business world they know so well and providing many of the intangible perks described above.

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    Insights to a Career Change

    Jumping career tracks may not be an easy task. Here's some insight into what to consider when making a career change.

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    How Do You Know When It's Time to Change Careers?

    Just because you embarked on a given career path doesn’t mean it was the right one, or that you need to stay with it until you retire. Is it time for you to make a career change?

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    Developing a Civilian Career After Serving Your Country

    It’s no secret that after serving your country, making the transition from the military to a civilian career can be a challenge.Taking some time to self-reflect is a great start to finding a career that is a good match for your skills, strengths, and aspirations.

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    Five Must-Read Books to Jump-Start a New Career

    The kids are going back to school, and it’s time to relax and focus on you with some good books. Take time to self-reflect and retool, so you can finish what you may have started and either finish your college degree or earn the advanced degree that has long eluded you. Here’s your chance to get motivated to take those next steps toward a fulfilling career

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    Jennifer Lasater

    Career Change…Not For the Weary, Certainly For the Driven and Passionate

    As the executive director of career services at an online university, a majority of the students we serve are non-traditional college students; adults with some college experience, who for a variety of reasons, never finished college. It’s not until they decide to make a career change, or advance in their current career that they realize they need a college degree.

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    4 Paths to a New Career in Teaching

    Gone are the days when people were expected to pick a career in their early twenties and stick with it until retirement.

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    5 Myths About Changing Careers

    Changing careers can be scary because it involves a lot of risk. There’s no financial security or guarantee you’ll find a more fulfilling position; the knowledge that you made the right choice to leave your old job only comes later.

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    Falling Into a Career

    What you study in college doesn’t always determine your career path. You may have a change of heart or an opportunity that leads you into a new career direction.

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    Things to Consider When Changing Careers

    The decision to change careers should not be an impulsive one, but one that has been thought out. You should try to learn as much as you can about the new career you are looking to enter and what is driving your desire.

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    Don’t Rely on Assumptions to Set Career Expectations

    People have many reasons for changing careers. Some have to do with unrealistic expectations about a career or not having enough information about a career.

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    Parenthood Can Inspire Career Change

    People often say that having children changes your life. One of the most inspiring changes that having children can bring is a desire to  go back to school and change careers. Several of our videos that spotlight our successful graduates are a testament to that inspiration.

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    Don’t Let Self-Doubt and Negative Thoughts Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

    As self-critical individuals, we can be our worst advocates and advisors. It can be easy to get stuck looking at things from critical perspectives, almost from a “what would others say” perspective. But the truth is that your assumptions can be biased, overcritical, and not necessarily correct.

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    A Career Change Was Not in Your Plan

    Life happens—things get in the way of original plans or unexpected change occurs. “The only thing that is constant is change.” You may have heard this quote from Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher in ancient times. Today this statement still rings true, specifically in a person’s career.

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    STEM Secret Bullet

    Is STEM the Silver Bullet for Women Interested in the C-Suite?

    If women pursue studies in STEM does it mean that they have a much higher likelihood of making it to the C-suite? Find out!

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    Succeeding and Broadening Your Career Potential in Homeland Security

    Success as an individual within the Homeland Security field will come from several factors, they are your requisite knowledge, skills and ability in your current or desired career path.

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    Navigate Your Career Path With Gratitude

    Being grateful for your job, your health, and your family emits optimism. It makes you feel better no matter what situation you are in at the moment. This Thanksgiving, work on some new ways to be thankful.

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    Bloom Where You Are Planted: Finding the Nourishment to Grow in Your Career

    In order for a career to bloom, specific conditions must be in place. A great education can help you prepare for career growth, just as fertile soil is necessary for a plant to thrive. Kelly Riesenmy, PhD, assistant department chair for the graduate psychology programs shares some advice on how a bachelor's degree ins psychology could provide enough root to start a career and how a master's degree could help nurture their psychology career.

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    How to Succeed and Broaden Your Skills in Your Career in Addictions

    I am asked sometimes, "What does it take to get into the field?" I usually reply, “Do you have a minute, I need a little time to lay this out.” In this article I am going to talk about how to step up into the field of professional addictions counseling.

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    Succeeding and Broadening Opportunities Within Legal Studies

    Many students with a legal studies degree may embark upon a career not knowing which career path to take, or they may have an initial profession in mind but are uncertain if that is the direction they want to go.

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    Looking to Advance in Your Career? Then Stay the Course.

    Reaching your goals takes endurance, perseverance, and dedication. Success is a journey, as is receiving the promotion or advancement in your respective career path.

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    Top 5 Benefits of a Lateral Move Within Your Company

    A lateral career move within your current company can be a great way to help you grow and learn. A lateral move could also make you a strong candidate for a promotion later on.

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    The Affordable Care Act: How Does It Impact Health Workers?

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” is making significant impact on the health care industry in the United States. For health workers, some of the changes translate into more long-term issues affecting the job market, education, and innovation.

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    Advancing in Your Career Within Legal Studies

    Sometimes, the biggest challenge with legal studies careers is “getting your foot in the door.” In some instances, the academic credential might be sufficient to secure an entry-level position but in other circumstances, the employer may be looking for practical experience. Here are a few ways you can gain some experience.

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    Labor Day and Career Advancement

    Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors working people. According to the first Labor Day proposal in the late 1800s, the holiday recognizes “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” This holiday should give each of us pride in the work that we do, but it should also serve as a day to reflect and perhaps even reevaluate our careers.

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    Climbing the Steps to a Fulfilling Career in Behavioral Health Fields

    Those interested in working in any of the behavioral health fields should carefully plan their own career path, including research of license/certification options, education, training, volunteer/part-time work, and full-time work.

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    Becoming a Nonprofit Manager: Assets That Make the Difference

    Like any other field, nonprofit management has trends that influence transitions into (and out of) management. Because of the unique cultures and types of public service provided by nonprofit organizations, both tangible and intangible considerations apply when developing a successful career path to nonprofit management.

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    Lateral Moves Within General Public Administration

    As public managers today, we live in an international and interconnected world in which our career mind-sets need to shift to one of a more flexible, nimble, and mobile workforce.

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    Moving Up the Green Career Ladder

    Advancing in an environmental career can take many forms. If you are contemplating the next logical steps as you progress in the environmental field, you might first determine what you consider what “moving up" means for your particular situation.

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    Succeeding and Broadening Your Opportunities in Human Services

    With each course that you have completed, you have become more confident in your skills and excited about your graduation and entry into the workforce. As you begin to think about your career journey in the human services field, take a minute to learn what jobs you can get with a human services degree.

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    Living the Dream Every Day: Working With Young Children

    Do you dream of becoming a teacher? Kaplan University faculty member, Dr. Darlene Estes, tells her inspiring story of how she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an early childhood development teacher.

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    The Benefits of Earning Advanced Nursing Certifications

    Do you enjoy a specific area of nursing more than others? Do you understand what earning a nursing certification entails and how it could benefit you? By law, registered nurses are not required to be certified in any specific area. However, many nurses who choose a clinical specialty decide to become certified in that area.

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    Advance Your Nursing Career

    Take a look at this infographic, which explores some of the ways in which RNs can advance their careers and highlights a number of the most popular pathways available to them.

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    Balancing Act

    Balancing Act–Managing Work, School, Family and Everything in Between

    In today’s day and age, balancing work and/or school can make you feel like you're walking a tightrope. Here are some important principles of life balance that can help you keep from falling head first.

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    Why a Nursing Shortage Presents Great Opportunity

    Whether you are just entering the workforce or considering a career change, the nursing shortage presents an opportunity to work in what many consider the most trusted profession in the nation. Beyond standard job-related benefits, nurses often cite the personal benefits as one of the main reasons they chose their career.

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    The New Millennium: The Evolving and Emerging Role of a Nurse

    Changing health care in the United States means that nursing roles must evolve to serve a broader patient base. As the need for primary care providers swells due to health care reform, the need for different types of nurses, especially those with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, is also expected to increase.

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    Classroom vs. Online Education—Which Type is Best For You?

    It’s estimated that by 2019 roughly half of all college classes will be taught online. How do you determine if this is the right learning platform for you? Read this article for a comparison of the pros and cons.

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    Women in Corporate Leadership: Where Are We Headed?

    Take a closer look at women who are succeeding in corporate leadership positions, the reasons behind their success and where they are headed.

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    The Future of Women in Public Administration

    Meet Dr. Karla Drenner, professor at Kaplan University, and in office as a Georgia state representative going on 15 years. Get her perspective on the progress of women in politics and where they are headed.

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    HR and the Cloud

    The Future Transformation of HR With the Help of Cloud 2.0

    The advancement of that technology—specifically the implementation of cloud-based systems—could transform HR management from a behind-the-scenes supporting player to a star that drives company strategy.

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    Secret to Success in IT: The Skill That Can Transform Your IT Career

    By Ellen Raineri, PhD, Kaplan University Faculty | January 2015

     

    Learn why strong communication skills are often what differentiate the most successful IT professionals from their peers.

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    Secret to Success in Nursing: Top Three Qualities That Will Help Nurses Succeed

    The qualities that define a successful nurse remain the same and always will but in the midst of so much change, adaptability, staying grounded and advanced education are key.

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    The Secret to Success in Business—Leadership Across Generations

    Learn how successful leaders are dealing with the fastest-growing challenge in the workplace today—managing employees across three different generations.

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    Back to School at 50+

    “At the ripe age of 50, I picked myself up and gave myself permission to do better. And because of that, my life has meaning and finally makes sense."

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    Should More Millennials Quit Their Jobs? Perhaps…

    The millennial generation are perceived to be chronic job hoppers but recent data reveals that they are actually staying longer with their employers.

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    Why Industry Wants and Needs More Women In Technology

    Presidents of companies, industry analysts, university researchers, and job recruiters are all posing the same question: Why aren't there more women in technology fields? Read some of the startling answers.

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    Why Getting an MBA Is Still Important

    Experts believe that business schools are focused on continually staying relevant in today’s ever-changing global marketplace and that the educators at the schools strive—most successfully—to provide their students with the best education possible.

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    Can Financial Planners Benefit Baby Boomers as They Near Retirement?

    Some recent surveys and reports regarding American behaviors, attitudes, and concerns on retirement lead us to believe that financial planners and their advice may be of great benefit to most Americans.

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    The Upward Trend in Jobs for MBA Graduates

    The Upward Trend in Jobs for MBA Graduates

    The Graduate Management Admission Council found that 75 percent of the 935 companies surveyed planned to hire recent MBA students, up from 71 percent in 2012 and 50 percent in 2009.

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    School's Out: Time to Assess Your Education Career

    It’s a familiar feeling—the bell rings and the students run out into the summer sun. It’s summer break! It may also feel like a natural time to reassess your teaching career. A couple of refresher courses may be in order, or possibly even a decision to go after your master’s degree.

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    What it Really Takes to Get Promoted in Education

    Many educators want to spend their careers as classroom teachers guiding students through the day-to-day processes of learning and growing. But some also want to take on additional responsibilities, experience new challenges and be a leader to adults as well as students.

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    Changing Roles Within a Career

    Wanting a change in your career may not always mean you have to change careers. Once the interest or passion that fueled your career goals goes away, it may be time to rethink some things, but not necessarily changing your career.

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    Expanding Perspectives and Knowledge

    Going to college can help you gain critical thinking skills to apply to real-life situations or solve real-world problems. The process of studying and learning could help expand your knowledge.

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    Strategies for the Aspiring Criminal Justice Professional

    Here are a few important strategies that can help you stand out from the crowd as you strive to work and advance within the criminal justice profession.

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    Can Moving Over Be Better Than Moving Up? Lateral Moves in Communication

    A lateral move was looked at as a career stall or a dead end. However, in the current employment environment, organizations are continually becoming more flat in structure and there are less and less top positions available.

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    6 Tips to Prepare for a Successful Virtual Interview

    If you’re nearing graduation and ready to pursue a new career or change roles within your field, now’s the time to start prepping for job interviews. Whether you’re preparing for a virtual interview or an in-person one, many of the same rules apply.

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    How to Tackle Tough Interview Questions

    Have you ever been stumped by a question you were asked in a job interview? It’s a terrible feeling when you’re unsure of how to respond to an interviewer, especially after all the hard work you’ve put into getting the job interview in the first place.

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    Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in Fire Service

    What child didn’t grow up wanting to be a firefighter at some point in time? Even as adults, how many wish they had actually pursued that option as a career but never did?

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    How to Incorporate Wellness Into Your Workplace

    Making wellness a priority in our lives can be quite a challenge. Considering that an average full-time employee spends at least 40 hours per week at work, a large part of this challenge exists within the scope of the workday.

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    Overcoming Age Misconceptions in the Workforce

    When you’re over 50, you bring a kind of experience to the job that someone younger may not possess. That’s a valuable asset. However, some employers may have reservations about your age.

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    Top 5 Resources to Mentor Your Career

    Making a major career change can be daunting. However, many of those who have been brave enough to take the plunge would likely encourage others to follow in their footsteps, as it could be the difference between a career that stagnates and one that flourishes.

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    Protecting Your Profile: Tips for Online Reputation Management

    If you are one of the millions of people who use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube or any other site that shares information, there is a good chance you have some dirty laundry piled up—dirty digital laundry that is.

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    Lateral Moves Within General Public Administration

    As public managers today, we live in an international and interconnected world in which our career mind-sets need to shift to one of a more flexible, nimble, and mobile workforce.

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    5 Steps to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Starting Over

    Fear can protect you and motivate you to act. Learning how to overcome your fear of career change can help you with the next chapter in your work life.

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    Your Life Experience and College Credit

    More and more colleges are offering experiential learning credits, which can offer tremendous benefits for students. Find out how students can potentially apply eligible prior learning toward a bachelor’s degree, thus allowing a student to complete a degree plan sooner.

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    Networking Within Your Company

    Internal networking could make your job more fulfilling. It may also help make you an indispensable member of your company. Building career relationships internally and pushing beyond the required tasks of your job can help you, your coworkers, and your employer.

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    Getting Into Your Dream Job With a Legal Studies Degree

    Are you have a degree or pursuing in legal studies? Kaplan University faculty member Joanna Bauer, gives sage advice on what you need to do to land your dream legal studies job.

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    4 Tips for Writing a Resume That Will Get Noticed

    Whether you’re embarking on a career for the first time or you’ve decided to change careers and start anew, preparing a resume is one of the first and most critical steps on your path to a rewarding job.

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    Who Should I Have Lunch With?

    Being able to recognize your own generational strengths, as well as those around you, can help you be more effective in developing the right network for YOU!

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    Cybersecurity – Get Ready for Some New Terminology

    Familiar with the terms cyber hygiene, cyber strong, or cyber palette? Kaplan University expert Rhonda Chicone discusses the new cybersecurity terms to know in 2015.

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    Nursing and Time Management

    By nature of the job, nurses have a particularly unpredictable and potentially stressful reality. Whether in nursing school, at your first job, or working while seeking a higher degree, time management skills can go a long way toward alleviating stress and helping nurses to be more productive and efficient.

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    How to Tell if You Like Being a Teacher

    Most teachers cite a desire to work with children as their reason for choosing teaching as a career. Would you enjoy being a teacher? If you think the answer may be “yes,” here are some questions to ask yourself.

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    Are You Searching for Some Independence in Your Career?

    Have you had enough of the 9 to 5 grind? Perhaps you’ve been laid off from your job, or you just don’t feel like your company has any loyalty toward you, despite all of your hard work, long hours and dedication.

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    How Stronger Soft Skills Can Position Women for IT Success

    As IT projects increasingly rely on virtual teams for a variety of initiatives, the importance of soft skills to facilitate effective teamwork is growing. Faculty member Lynn Williams discusses the meaning of soft skills and the relevance of such skills in today's work environment.

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    Nursing and Time Management

    By nature of the job, nurses have a particularly unpredictable and potentially stressful reality. Whether in nursing school, at your first job, or working while seeking a higher degree, time management skills can go a long way toward alleviating stress and helping nurses to be more productive and efficient.

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    Tips for Effective Time Management

    It's possible to manage all facets of your life and be successful but it's going to take some effort, organization, and most importantly good time management skills. Here are some tips to help you manage your time while you are going back to college.

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    World of Opportunity: Nursing in Underserved Communities

    Take a look at this infographic, which explores some of the ways in which RNs can advance their careers and highlights a number of the most popular pathways available to them.

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    Are You Ready to Manage Your Own Business?

    Being your own boss requires an ability to make decisions and stay focused on what’s important to your customers—and to you. If you hope to one day own your own business, you are not alone!

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    How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

    Today, many applications are completed online and so often our resume is submitted via email. Does this mean we no longer need an introductory letter? Absolutely not. Here are some tips on ways to make a cover letter stand out.

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    How a Career In Nursing Can Grow and Adapt to Fit Your Changing Life

    As your life ebbs and flows, your career needs and goals also change. Getting married, having children, and then watching your children go off to school…You may have more time to devote to your career at different stages of your life. Nursing is one career path that can be flexible with your life changes.

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    How Fateful Moments Offer Opportunities

    Taking actions that depart from the status quo may be seen as testing fate. But when at a crossroads, think of a positive outcome to make success seem more likely.

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    Maintaining a Proper Balance When Pursuing Your Goals

    Staying in balance during your pursuit is important. But are you sacrificing too much? It’s a question a lot of us face. While pursuing your goals, here are some of the areas where making sacrifices may be needed.

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    How To Be A Better Boss

    Good bosses aren’t just born that way. Like any other job, being a supervisor requires education, training, and experience. If you want to become a strong leader and someone any colleague would be happy to work for, get started by following these tips.

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    Using Your MBA to Start A New Business

    Whether you are inclined towards a career path within an established organization, or you have a more independent outlook and a certain itch to start your own business, arming yourself with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is worth considering.

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    Helping Seniors Open Doors to New Careers

    According to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, “the number of people joining the ranks of the elderly will keep increasing, at least for the next 20 years, as more and more baby boomers hit their 60s, 70s, and 80s.

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    Becoming a Lifelong Learner

    Earning a degree when you already have work and life experience could provide you with an advantage. It may seem daunting now, but here are a few reasons why going back to school could be a great decision for you.

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    9 Major Misconceptions About Nursing

    Nursing may be one of the oldest and most well-known professions, but public knowledge of this growing career field still holds some misunderstandings. This article discusses 9 common myths about the nursing profession—and the truths behind them.

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    Women Can Be Successful Without Being Superwoman

    What success is to one person may not be near what it is to another. Many people, especially women, place their own roadblocks to success. Does that resonate with you? 

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    Knowledge Is Power: How Studying Finance Can Improve Your Life

    If you think the only people who need to understand finance are those who work in banking, it’s probably time you reconsidered your worldview.

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    Mentoring Tips for Women

    Many have embarked upon higher education in order to pursue their dream career and/or life goals. At this point in your path, have you thought about engaging a mentor?

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    Good Time Management: Reduces Stress and Increases Rewards of Nursing

    It’s one thing to say you’ll improve your time management skills. It’s another thing to effectively do so. To manage time well, as a nurse, there are some key habits to develop.

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    Finding Your Education Partner

    Lifelong learning has become essential for many professionals. If you are looking for an educational partner here's some advice to get you started.

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    The Road to the Top: How to Climb from Intern to CEO

    Getting to the top of a company’s hierarchy takes a lot of planning and skill (and sure, a bit of luck). This infographic maps out the essential skills and key steps to focus on as you progress through your career.

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    You Have the Degree: Tips for a Successful Job Interview

    No matter what age you are or what kind of job you’re seeking, landing a big interview is cause for celebration. With proper preparation, you can make the most out of any interview opportunity. Read our tips to avoid some common pitfalls that leave interviewers closing the door and shaking their heads.

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    Online Teaching: Is It for You?

    Many teachers are choosing online teaching over the traditional brick-and-mortar schools. Could this path be a great fit for you?

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    Networking in the Digital Age

    No matter how old you are, what year it is, or what form of communication is being used, the art of networking is almost always a cornerstone in the management of a successful career.

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    Making Social Media Work for You

    Some say that social media may limit your chances of securing a job. However, unless you are irresponsible with your use of social media, that advice is off base.

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    Cybercrime Is on the Rise: Here's What I.T. Professionals Should Know

    This infographic highlights the rise in cybercrime and explores some of the most pressing and emergent threats facing the information security world.

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    The New Digital Landscape of Human Resources

    Here are the top tech trends that human resources experts say will continue to shape the role of the HR practitioner over the next decade—and how HR professionals can prepare for them.

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    10 Things That Shouldn’t Be on Your Resume

    Many people miss out on job interviews simply because they include unnecessary information that works again. To write an effective resume, follow these tips.

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    Job Market Trends Reveal Problem Solving and Creativity Trump Critical Thinking

    For decades we have been hearing about the importance of critical thinking skills, yet in today’s job market, critical thinking may not be what companies seek in their employees.

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    Finding Your Passion

    Before you begin your career in nursing or think about making a career change, do some soul searching to make sure that the career you choose is fulfilling and rewarding.

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    Encouraging Diversity

    Ongoing efforts to create awareness about diversity have been made but many inequities continue to exist. Here are some strategies that can be used as a model to further increase diversity awareness.

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    New Year, New Career Prospects: The Power of Goal Setting

    Take some time to self-reflect and set some professional goals for this coming new year—you will have a much better chance of achieving your own definition of success.

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    Innovation and Inspiration—Inside the Minds of America’s Wealthiest Entrepreneurs

    It is easy to look at the accomplishments of famous entrepreneurs and conclude that their level of success is simply unattainable. Of course, reaching a 10-figure income is extremely unlikely for most in the business world, but can we still learn anything about life and success from those at the top of the socioeconomic ladder?

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    A Recipe for Success: From The Expert

    Clichés for success are abundant, but what are some real, hands-on suggestions from those who’ve battled to the top? Some tips from experts in business, finance, real estate, and accounting about what helped them succeed. Perhaps a few wise words are what we need to jump-start that next step to a better career.

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    5 Tips for Landing Your First Teaching Job

    5 Tips for Landing Your First Teaching Job

    If you’re training to become a teacher, you should set yourself up to get your first teaching job as soon as you’re certified.

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    3 Signs It's Time to Go Back to Nursing School

    You've gone through nursing school and gotten your degree. You may even have years of experience in nursing and feel confident in your abilities. But there may come a time where you start considering whether going back to nursing school is right for you. 

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    Guest Blog: Ramona Atkins

    Faculty member Ramona Atkins blogs about President Obama’s Equal Pay for Equal Work and the Paycheck Fairness Act and touches on the need to improve equal pay.

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    So, you are almost ready to begin your new career, and maybe you’ve secured that first job already. Is there anything else you should be thinking of beyond a resume and cover letter, or your new briefcase and professional attire to start your new career journey? Absolutely! You want to start off with proper expectations of the job.

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    As an Adult Learner, It's Helpful to Put Things in Perspective

    When an adult goes back to school to pursue a degree, his or her experience may differ from that of someone coming right out of college. Conflicting priorities and more complicated life circumstances may present a challenge. You can help yourself overcome such challenges by putting it all into perspective.

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    Help Build Your Confidence in Making the Right Career Choice

    As has been mentioned in other postings and sections of Kaplan University’s Career Moves, research is an important aspect of any career journey, whether it’s researching career advancement or a career change, or selecting an academic institution that can help you achieve your goals. There’s a right job out there for everyone, but not every job is right for all.

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    What Employers Want in New IT Hires

    Information technology is a quickly growing field and opportunities abound. If you’re planning to switch to a career working in IT, it’s important you know what employers are looking for. Here are three key qualities you’ll want to cultivate and demonstrate to prospective employers.

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    5 Nursing Jobs Beyond Patient Care

    When people think of nurses, they often think of professionals who help at a patient’s bedside. But nursing is more than direct patient care. Many nurses look into administrative positions as a way to take advantage of a job with daytime hours, with no lifting, higher pay and other perks. If you’re looking to get out of the day-to-day grind of nursing, consider administration.

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    Top Jobs for 2016

    Are you considering pursuing a new career path? Make sure you consider the many factors that come into play.

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    Women and Careers in Public Safety

    In 2015, the International Association of Women Police celebrated its 100 year anniversary of women in policing.  Here are some interesting statistics for women to consider and be proud of in this field.

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    Getting Your Dream Job Within Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    There are many variables that determine how well an organization or company operates. Effective communication and conflict resolution, process evaluation, professional competence and effective management are examples of the components necessary for businesses to succeed.

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    3 Steps to Finding Your Career Path

    The difference between a job and a career is often passion and direction. So, before you start your job search, you must first decide where to focus your career.

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    On Getting Your Dream Job in Applied Behavior Analysis

    The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one that has had tremendous growth in recent years due to the demand for effective, empirically-verified therapeutic approaches that can be used to address a variety of maladaptive behaviors.

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    Pursuing a Career in Homeland Security

    While the field of Homeland Security can be rewarding getting in will take some research and patients on your part.

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    Nursing Careers Off the Beaten Path

    You’re on your way to becoming a nurse. Are you aware that nursing careers are becoming more versatile than ever before?

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    Top Careers Suitable for Freelancing

    Freelancing has become more common in the last few years, and the field extends to many different areas of expertise. According to a 2014 survey by the Freelancers Union, 34% percent of the U.S. workforce are doing freelance work.

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    Educational Psychology Career Paths

    Deciding to attend graduate school is a major life event. After the choice has been made, the question becomes, "Which degree should I pursue?"

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    Behavioral Momentum: Applying Behavior Analysis to Your Work as a Behavior Analyst

    As with getting hired, it’s important to do your homework to learn what the requirements are within your department and make sure your professional developments opportunities focus on being able to perform better in your current role.

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    The Importance of Health Educators

    As the health care industry continues to advance in terms of research, treatment options, medication, and diagnostic capabilities, the health challenges of our nation continue to evolve.

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    A Career in Instructional Technology

    Instructional technologists are the problem solvers in many of today's progressive classrooms and training environments. 

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    Nursing Careers: New Tech Trends in Nursing

    Before the extensive application of technology in health care, nurses relied heavily upon their own senses to monitor patient status and changes. Over time, technology has introduced equipment to replace some of these human observations.

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    So, You Are Considering a Job in Environmental Policy? What a Great Choice!

    Do you like working in an office setting, punching numbers into complicated excel spreadsheets or are you the type of person who prefers to be outdoors and on your feet?

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    This article seeks to provide those over 50 with tips on starting an online business. Online flexibility allows individuals to begin a business in the comfort of their homes while continuing with their full-time jobs.

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    5 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Career in Higher Education

    A career in higher education is more than a job; it is a life filled with passion and professional satisfaction. Here are 5 actions oriented strategies that can help prepare you for a successful entrance into a career in higher education.

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    5 Tips on How to Advance in a Fire Department

    As with getting hired, it’s important to do your homework to learn what the requirements are within your department and make sure your professional developments opportunities focus on being able to perform better in your current role.

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    Nursing Informatics: What Is It?

    Nursing informatics is a growing, fairly new specialty that integrates the science of nursing with technology and analytical sciences. Because of the development of the nursing informatics field, health care organizations are better equipped to identify, define, manage and communicate data, knowledge, and wisdom within the practice of nursing.

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    The Difference Between a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician's Assistant

    When deciding whether to pursue a nurse practitioner (NP) degree or a physician’s assistant (PA) degree, it’s important to not only consider education requirements, but also to keep in mind one’s personal goals and individual strengths.

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    How to Find Your Dream Job?

    If the idea of the “dream job” promotes creative thinking in seeking a job, it can be a positive, but instead of fantasizing about the perfect job that you have heard about, take time to discover your true aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses.

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    Electronic Medical Records and the Future

    The health care industry is experiencing widespread change as our nation moves toward adoption of electronic health records (EHR) as the norm. As part 2009's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, incentive programs for transferring information to EHRs have been established and health care providers are evolving.

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    The Big Data Evolution in Health Care

    The term “big data” seems to be thrown around a lot these days, as it manages to touch individuals from all walks of life in some significant way. However, not many fully understand the concept or how it affects them.

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    Unraveling the Maze: Identifying Top Jobs in IT

    For students wishing to pursue a career in IT, the number of choices are bewildering and overwhelming. What degree path should you follow? Should you go to grad school? Is a certification a better investment? Believe it or not, the answers can be found in the want ads.

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    The Future of Internet of Things Infographic

    As the technology develops, there is potential for the transformation of several industries. This infographic highlights exciting new job opportunities that could arise over the next few years.

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    Is working as a paralegal your idea of a dream job? While working as a paralegal today can be demanding at times, the paralegal profession can be a very rewarding and satisfying career. Here are four tips for pursing a career as a paralegal.

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    Public Health and Health Education: What’s the Difference?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for positions in public health and health education will continue to grow at a faster than average rate across the United States through 2020.

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    The Growing Field of Health Care Information Technology

    As technological advancements continue to change the world, virtually every industry is dealing with how to better access, manage, interpret, and use various available data. The health care industry faces a unique set of challenges as the use of technology expands, because information in health care comes from so many different sources.

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    Internet of Things (IoT) and Security Threats

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    We can list the threats of Internet of Things (IoT) in three major categories: privacy, security and safety; these categories are interrelated as they deal with the same device and its connections.

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    Implementing “Obamacare”: An Update

    March 2015 marks 5 years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare,” was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama. Since its inception, a number of changes have already taken place across the U.S. health system.

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    The Affordable Care Act and the Vital Role of Nurse Practitioners

    March 23, 2015, marked the fifth anniversary of United States President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, providing Americans with better access to health insurance than ever before. Since that date, more than 16 million people have become insured under the ACA, according to an update published by the White House, and as a result, the health care profession has been greatly impacted.

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    Are you the type of person who craves adventure, challenge, and excitement? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for a rewarding career with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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    Career Choice Dilemma? Try These Decision-Making Steps

    There are lots of people who will freely offer all kinds of career advice—parents, teachers, colleagues, career coaches, and counselors. But when it comes down to it, the best person to listen to may be staring straight at you in the mirror.

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    Advance Your Nursing Career

    Take a look at this infographic, which explores some of the ways in which RNs can advance their careers and highlights a number of the most popular pathways available to them.

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    There is a shortage in the number of people going into gerontology medicine, a field that is expected to grow. This infographic shows compelling facts suggesting that the future of nursing is in the gerontology field.

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    Artists and art lovers often enjoy igniting that passion in others and may find that becoming an art teacher is an ideal career choice.

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    Discover some underlying trends as well as individual attributes of successful financial advisors that may help you determine whether this is the right career path for you.

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    For those interested criminal justice and nursing there is correctional nursing. It is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Read why a Kaplan University alumni decided to take this career path.

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    Women in STEM: Filling the Skills Gap by Building Momentum Early

    A recent study found that women earned 57.2% of bachelor’s degrees in all fields in 2010 and 50.3% of science and engineering degrees. Yet more than half of the STEM degrees were in biology, leaving a void in areas such as computer science.

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    Emerging Opportunities in Legal Studies Careers Due to Increased Regulations

    Today’s business climate is one of increased regulation. From President Obama’s health care overhaul to the massive Dodd-Frank financial reform law to the EPA clean air and water regulations, these mandates require immense regulatory oversight.

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    Finding a career you are passionate about is possible with some expert guidance. Learn how to find a career you are passionate about.

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    “Show Me the CSR”–The Millennials’ New Job Decree

    Studies show that today's millenials are increasingly interested in their employer's corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Could it be that the job decree of millenniums has switched from “Show me the money” to “Show me the CSR?”

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    Is a Teaching Career Right for You?

    People choose to become teachers for many different reasons. Maybe you’re a teacher and for the last couple of years, you’ve been reflecting on that decision, or perhaps you are considering a career in education and are still weighing the pros and cons.

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    Why Teaching Is a Gift Worth Opening

    If someone asks how you chose your current profession, do you find yourself struggling to offer an acceptable answer? Many people find themselves in careers through default rather than by taking deliberate steps to pursue their passion.

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    Hottest Certifications for IT Professionals

    With the explosive growth in the information technology sector recently, an IT job may be easier to find than others.

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    Military Spouses May Find Suitable Careers in Some High Growth Job Areas

    Given our military contingency, at Kaplan University, we've grown familiar with this issue and are sensitive to the challenges military spouses' face, especially the need to pursue careers they can pick up and take elsewhere. 

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    5 Hot Jobs in Accounting and Finance

    For many of people, accountants conjure up scary images of spreadsheets, calculators and possibly ourselves being led away in handcuffs because of a mistake on our taxes. But many accountants do interesting work. Read on for some of the hottest jobs in accounting.

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    5 Accounting Specialties You Might Not Have Heard Of

    There are many interesting specialties in accounting — one to fit just about any personality. You may find a love for a subject while you’re in school and you can steer your career in that area. Some specialties may emerge once you’ve been working a while and require a little tweaking of your career path and some extra certifications.

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    Listening to Those Who Do Is a Great Step in Selecting A Career

    There’s a complete section in Kaplan University’s Career Moves on researching your profession and career of choice. A key step we recommend at Kaplan University is to always try to reach out to professionals in your chosen field and talk to them about their careers. What does a typical day look like?

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    Empty Nesting and Reinventing Yourself

    As a primarily adult education institution, Kaplan University sees a fair share of career changers, including individuals who are at certain phases of their lives where they begin to reflect on where they want to go next. “Empty nesting” is certainly one of those life moments.

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    Decisiveness On a Career Choice Can Be Difficult

    Selecting a career can be a lifelong process.  While this is often true for a younger college student, it’s also true for an adult who’s decided to go back to school.

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