Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is that your mom with a backpack? Studies show adult learners are taking over the classroom

It's true, your mom really is going to college, and so are plenty of other moms, dads, and even grandparents. It’s a fact that the number of older college students is rising, and these adult learners might be on to something.

This recent Huffington Post article is a great examination of the growing number of nontraditional students, and why their peers are following in their footsteps.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Practice networking with help from Peirce’s Career Development Services

If you’re one of the few people out there who loves socializing professionally, lucky you!

For the rest of us, networking can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. If you fear those networking events, know that you’re not alone. Even some of the most seasoned professionals are uncomfortable participating in such events.

But whether you love it or hate it, networking is crucial no matter where you are in your career. For students, practice and preparation will calm the nerves and help you develop the skills it takes to network your way to a great job.

The Career Development Services (CDS) team is hosting an event on Wednesday, Oct. 5 for just that purpose. “Mocktails: Building Connections Through Networking” will give attendees an opportunity to drink a mock cocktail and practice how to effectively work the room.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Even the highest achievers need a little help sometimes

An outsider might think everything comes easily to an overachiever like John MacLean. He’s (get ready for a long title!) the Region IV Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications. He also happens to be a 2011 National TRIO Achiever, and the sole recipient of the 2011 PA TRIO Achiever Award.

But even TRIO Achievers need a little help sometimes. John certainly needed some help getting where he is today. He credits Peirce’s supportive environment for giving him that help and making it possible for him to overcome some of the obstacles he faced on the path to getting his degree.

To everyone who’s visited Peirce Connections before, you know that we love to dispel the myth that it’s impossible to balance work, life, family, and school. We do this by showcasing people who have done it successfully.

John MacLean, a 2008 Peirce graduate, exemplifies this positive attitude and is living proof that no matter what you have on your plate, the dream of earning a degree can be a reality. And yes, you can do this.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 tips for improving your job search

You don't have to know the unemployment numbers to know how difficult it is to find a job today. Anyone in the midst of a job search can see and feel how competitive the job market has become, both here in the U.S. and around the world.

That's the not-so-good news, but here's a bright spot: Philadelphia has a strong health care industry. Health care is one of the few growing industries that's creating jobs in our area. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has seen an addition of 306,000 jobs nationally. Even so, competition for any position in any sector is going to be tough.

Along with the changes in the job market, there's been a transformation in what makes a job search strategy effective. But that shouldn't discourage you. If anything, it should drive you to be more creative.

And to help get those creative juices flowing, I've put together a list of what I think are the most effective strategies for anyone looking for a job today. Put these to work and I am certain you'll increase your chances of hearing from more employers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Philadelphia Business Journal ranks Peirce College seventh largest business school in the region

Great news! Peirce College has been listed as the seventh largest business school in the region in this week’s Philadelphia Business Journal.

We are proud to be the choice for so many students throughout the Philadelphia region who are seeking high-quality, career-oriented business degree programs.

Peirce has offered business education since 1865, and we continue to evolve our programs to meet the demands of today's competitive business world and align with employment trends.

In short, we want to make sure our students have the credentials to match the opportunities within the region’s job market.

In the past year we continued the expansion of our degree portfolio with the launch of new Accounting and Human Resource Management (HRM) degree programs, as well as a Healthcare program, to align with employer demand for qualified professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Setting the stage for academic success with orientation programs

Most colleges have some sort of orientation program to ease the transition and better prepare students for college life. At Peirce, we take it one step further by requiring all of our students to complete (and pass!) an orientation course within their first 14 weeks of study.

Students have two options to fulfill this mandatory orientation requirement: Peirce 100 and Peirce 101. The courses add value to the college experience by introducing the tools and skills needed to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

Whether you are an adult learner returning to school after a long break, a traditional-age student who is coming to college straight from high school, or anywhere in between, getting a proper orientation to college life is an important step.

Adapting to more rigorous college courses, working independently in an accelerated environment, and balancing new expectations can be challenging no matter how strong of a student you are. Orientation programs help students transition into college, set them up for success, and ensure they feel ready to come back semester after semester!

Are you new to Peirce? If so, here’s what you need to know about the two options for fulfilling your mandatory orientation requirement: