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8 Suggestions for a Productive Summer Break

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 19, 2018 4:30:00 PM

During the academic year, adult students often burn the candle at both ends: juggling the responsibilities of academics, work, and family. Yet the arrival of summer typically offers some much-needed breathing room, whether in the form of a reduced course load, weekend getaways, or a complete break from school.

With summer in full swing, we hope that our students have been able to take some much-deserved time to unwind, and recharge for the upcoming semester.

Regardless of your academic plans, please consider some of the tips below, to ensure a productive, yet relaxing summer break.

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Topics: Student

Job Interviews: Responding to Difficult Questions

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping our Bachelor of Professional Studies'  graduates - and all recent graduates - with their job search.

Job interviews can be nerve wracking all-around, but for adult students, an interview can present scenarios that are particularly anxiety-inducing. Whether you have a large gap in your employment history, are embarking on a new career, or are self-conscious about being in-and-out of school over the years, you may be concerned about how to address your shortcomings in an interview setting.

A prospective employer will generally only schedule an interview with someone who is a viable candidate. If you have been honest on your resume, your shortcomings are usually already apparent, and the interviewer will be looking for you to assure them that you are the right professional for the position.

Below, we’ll address several possible scenarios, demonstrating how you can put a positive spin on your less-than-ideal experiences.

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Topics: Insider

Bachelor of General Studies Offers Advantages for Returning Students

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 7, 2018 3:00:00 PM

A recent study by Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute estimates that by 2020, 65% of all job openings will require education beyond high school; 35% will require at least a bachelor’s degree.  The emphasis on post-secondary education in the labor market has been growing steadily over the past four decades, with recent years showing an increased demand for competencies such as decision-making, communications, analysis, and administration - and a reduced demand for “physical skills.”  

In many industries, a bachelor’s degree is the signal that the prospective employee is “trainable” at a rigorous level, has acquired skills in critical thinking and research, is an effective communicator, and is capable of both self-direction and leadership. The degree is a gateway credential, needed by those hoping to advance - or even be hired -  regardless of employment experience. While individuals who have earned some college credit are better positioned than those with only a high school diploma, a lack of a college degree still contributes to a greater risk of unemployment: in South Carolina, the unemployment rate among individuals with some college is nearly 3% higher than those who have earned a bachelor’s degree. 

This trend in the labor market has implications beyond the employability of those lacking a college degree,  also influencing earning potential over time. The Bureau of Labor statistics lists individuals who have earned some college credit as earning only 65% of the weekly salary of those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree. This disparity is likely due not only to lower starting salaries, but also the lack of advancement opportunities for individuals with some college credit.  

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Topics: Student

Job Interviews: Preparation is the Key to Confidence

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping our Bachelor of Professional Studies'  graduates - and all recent graduates - with their job search.

Everyone who fills out a job application hopes to “land” an interview, but the notion of an impending interview can strike fear and anxiety in even the most composed of candidates.

As with every part of the job search process, research and preparation is key. Going into an interview with an idea of who you are meeting, what you might be asked, and what you plan to say, can have a significant impact on your confidence level and overall presentation.

Below, we have compiled a list of preparation tips that will hopefully ease uncertainties, and put you on the path to “landing” your ideal job.

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Keys to a Successful Skype Interview

Posted by Allison Leach on May 31, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping recent graduates with their job search.

Today's post is well-aligned with a key component of the SPS curriculum goals, as it encourages development of a critical skill for 21st century professionals: remote engagement.  Whether by Skype, Zoom, GoTo Meeting, or another platform, today's  professionals need to know how to present themselves through remote communication.


Increasingly, employers are turning to Skype as an alternative to conducting initial in-person or telephone interviews - particularly when the applicant is at a geographical distance. Unfortunately, many job seekers are not aware of how to conduct a polished interview in the digital space, resulting in a poor first impression.

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Resume Writing for Adult Students: Arrangement and Content

Posted by Allison Leach on May 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

With graduation just barely in the rearview mirror, we are re-running several posts from our job search series.  The School of Professional Studies staff wishes all job seekers good luck, and are looking forward to hearing about your successes!


In the previous installment of this series, we looked at resume writing basics, applicable to most job seekers. In this follow-up post, we give consideration to how different life experiences - such as those of adult students - can affect the arrangement of a resume, as well as tips for composing strong, relevant content for each section.

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Resume Writing for Adult Students: The Basics

Posted by Allison Leach on May 15, 2018 4:00:00 PM

This past weekend, the SPS staff was thrilled to see 12 students graduate with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.  While many of these students have already found employment, this is a perfect time to re-run installments from our popular "job search" blog series.

While the articles are tailored to adult students and recent graduates, we hope that all job seekers will benefit from the tips provided.  Best of luck! 

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SPS Celebrates Student Achievement

Posted by Allison Leach on May 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM
 

The School of Professional Studies student awards ceremony, held at the culmination of both the Fall and Spring semesters, reflects the SPS’ dedication to supporting non-traditional students, and holding them to the same rigorous academic standard as any College of Charleston student.

The SPS held the Spring 2018 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2018, to honor the academic achievements of students in the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program. The ceremony recognized the Spring/Summer 2018 graduates, as well as those students who were named either to the Dean’s List, or the Honor Roll for the Spring semester.  Highlights of the event included the he presentation of the Faculty and GPA Awards, and the induction of several BPS candidates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

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Topics: Student, Events

Planning a Return to School

Posted by Allison Leach on Feb 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

For traditional students, the decision to attend college is almost a given - something that is instilled in them throughout their high school years - and one where parents, teachers, and counsellors are often available to assist with plans and resources.  For adults returning to school, the path is much more self-driven, and requires a great deal of thought and research.

If you are considering returning to school, there are several steps that you should take before you even begin to research specific schools or apply to a given program.  Proceeding through these steps will help you to formalize your goals, and develop a cohesive plan for realization.

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Topics: Student

8 Suggestions for a Productive Summer Break

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

During the academic year, non-traditional students often burn the candle at both ends: juggling the responsibilities of academics, work, and family. Yet the arrival of summer typically offers some much-needed breathing room, whether in the form of a reduced course load, weekend getaways, or a complete break from school.

With summer in full swing, we hope that our students have been able to take some much-deserved time to unwind, and recharge for the upcoming semester.

Regardless of your academic plans, please consider some of the tips below, to put your extra time toward enjoying a productive, yet relaxing summer break.

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Topics: Health

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