Monday, December 31, 2012

Keep your New Year’s job resolutions with the help of Career Development Services

If part of your New Year's resolution is to advance in your career or to start a new one, let our Career Development Services team support you. We've put together four new workshops for Session 3 that will tackle resume, interview, and graduate school questions. Read on for the details.

Online Resumania. Update and perfect your resume with the help of our career counselors, all without leaving your home! All you have to do is create an account on Peirce's free online job board, Peircelink, any time between Jan. 14 and Jan. 18, and submit your resume for customized online review and critique. A member of our team will give you detailed feedback and advice for how to improve it within five business days from your submission.

Graduate School Navigation: How to Apply. If you're considering graduate education, either with us through our Organizational Leadership & Management graduate degree, or at another institution, you should attend this workshop. You'll get all the basics about the graduate school application process, including how to research graduate programs, put together a complete application package, and access resources that can help you in the process.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

What you should be doing with your student loan refund

DON'T BREAK THE BANK: You're responsible for paying
your entire student loan back to your lender, including
any money you receive from your loan refund.
One of the most popular posts on our blog is about student loan refunds. It seems that many students have questions about what student loan refunds are and what they should do with a refund if they receive it. We want to address some of these questions and share additional information to help you better understand what to do, and equally important, what not to do, with your student loan refund.

If you missed our previous post, a student loan refund is the money left after you've paid for your tuition, fees, and sometimes, your books if you received a book voucher.

Once you've registered and paid for your classes with your financial aid money, including loans, you might have a credit balance. This is money that's in excess of what you needed to pay. If you do have a credit balance, you might be eligible for a refund from your loan dollars. If you have student loans, whether you receive a loan refund or not, you need to repay your loans as this is money you are borrowing.

In order to receive your refund, you must attend and actively participate in your courses -- something most colleges check with attendance policies. This ensures students who receive their loan refunds are using it for educational purposes, including transportation, housing, and daycare. Your refund is not intended for entertainment or anything not related to your education.

There are three options for what you can do with your loan refund. You can:
  • Pay it back to your lender. This is our #1 recommendation. It will limit the interest you have to pay on the refund, saving you money and hassle down the road.
  • Keep the money on your debit card for school-related expenses.
  • Use the money for school-related expenses. 
No matter which option you choose, you're still responsible for paying your entire student loan back to your lender, including any money you receive from your loan refund. What's more, the longer you take to pay the money back to your lender, the more interest you'll accrue.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Supporting elementary school children in need this holiday season

GIVING BACK: We're proud to support a fellow institution
named after Thomas May Peirce. This mural is painted
in the elementary school's hallway. 
We've been covering our Season of Giving here on the blog, and have one more event we want to share with you. Yesterday, we donated over 100 uniform pieces to Thomas May Peirce Elementary School, including shirts, pants, sweatshirts, socks, and underwear.

For the past three years, the Peirce College community has come together to raise money for elementary students in need at Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. This year, members of the Institutional Advancement team Jessica Quilter, Rosemary Connors, and Carol Walton presented the uniform pieces to members of the school's fifth grade class.

Several students who have been identified as in need will receive items from our donations, and the rest will be stored in the nurse's office as spares. These spare clothes are often needed - the school's guidance counselor mentioned that they had recently used up all the spares that were given last year, so there weren't any spares in the school.

After Jessica, Rosemary, and Carol presented the uniforms, two students gave speeches on behalf of the school, thanking the Peirce community for the donation. Our team was also able to enjoy some of the students' Christmas concert, which was going on at the same time.

Thanks to everyone who made this special day possible. We're proud to have made the holiday season a little bit brighter for some children in Philadelphia.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy holidays from all of us at Peirce College

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and express our gratitude for all the success and happiness in our lives. Every member of our college community deserves special recognition for all the hard work they do, and I'd like to take this time to say thank you.

To our students, thank you for choosing Peirce College and inspiring us to fulfill our mission of transforming lives. We are privileged to serve you.

To alumni, thank you for continuing to be part of the Peirce family. We are honored to have you represent the College in your community, workplace, and the world.

To faculty, staff, and board members, thank you for your leadership and commitment to Peirce College. Your dedication empowers the College to make a significant positive impact on the people and communities it serves.

May you and yours experience the joy of the season throughout the coming year. We look forward to serving you in 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Examining the return on investment of a college degree

The economic recession and tough job market have caused some people to ask if a college degree is still worth the investment. But researchers have found support that shows a college degree is still worthwhile, citing that people with a college degree earn more over their lifetime, are less likely to be unemployed, and have more job prospects right now.

However, students should still take steps to maximize their return on investment in a college education, including choosing the right school for them, understanding the financial implications of attending college, and considering the long-term relevancy of their degree. Fox Business reporter Emily Driscoll tapped me for my thoughts on financial considerations to make before attending college, and I was happy to share some advice for her readers.

You can read Emily's article in full for a list to consider, ensuring you get the best return on investment for your college degree. Thanks for including my advice in your article, Emily!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday season final reminders!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Final reminders for winter break
With winter break approaching, I wanted to remind everyone that the Peirce College campus will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. There will be no on-campus classes scheduled during this time, but all scheduled Session 2 Interim online classes will continue as normal.

Make sure to continue to log on and complete your classwork if you have registered for a Session 2 Interim online class. The Peirce campus will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, with regular hours.

Also, for your convenience and to help you get ready for Session 3, The Advising Center, Admissions Department, GPS, Office of Financial Aid, Registrar's Office, Business Office, and Walker Center for Academic Excellence will remain open on Dec. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact these offices directly.

Students who need technical assistance accessing their online courses between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 should contact the Peirce Help Desk by emailing, calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have another immediate need while we are closed, please call 888.467.3472 ext. 9284. A member of our team will be available to assist you.

Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Why it’s important to follow your passion when choosing your degree program

The average, full-time employee aged 15 and older works a little over eight hours per day, five days a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This time accounts for one-third of each day. If you spend one-third of your day working and another third sleeping, doesn't it make sense to enjoy the time you spend in the workplace?

It might seem like an easy question to answer, but we find that many students choose their college degree programs based solely on the salary or benefits of the job they hope to obtain after they graduate. And while it's important to take compensation into account when deciding what career path to take, making a career choice based on salary or benefits alone won't necessarily make you happiest long-term. You should also consider a profession you're passionate about.

Career success requires a strong work ethic, diligence, and commitment -- qualities that are difficult to give if you don't have a passion for what you do. By choosing a path that you're passionate about, you'll be excited to go to work each day and stay dedicated to your daily duties. This can help you shine in the eyes of your supervisors and coworkers, strengthening your value to the organization.

So how do you achieve the balance between choosing a career path you're passionate about and one that will pay the bills? Here are some steps to consider if you haven't yet chosen a career path, and some steps if you have chosen one.

If you haven't yet chosen your degree program:

Friday, December 14, 2012

The 5 P’s of professional networking

NETWORKING TIPS: Recapping our Mocktails event and 5
tips for professional networking
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Mocktails event last week a successful one. Thirty-four Peirce students and alumni were in attendance, along with representatives from eight area employers, including Comcast and the City of Philadelphia.

Students, alumni, and employers worked the room and had many opportunities to get to know each other and hone their networking skills. Two students stood out from the rest, and were gifted the most "Superior Networking Golden Tickets." They were Warren Banks, a Business Administration major, and Suevette Williams, a Paralegal Studies major. Each student was awarded a $25 American Express gift card. To see how the rest of the event went, flip through the photo album below.

Students and alumni who attended the event told us it made them feel more prepared for their next networking opportunity, and the advice given to them was very helpful. If you missed the Mocktails event, here are a few tips attendees learned that evening that can help you build your own networking skillset.
  1. Prepare for each networking event. Preparation is key before every professional networking opportunity. Many event organizers will publish a list of people and companies that are slated to attend prior to the occasion -- research each attending company as you would if you were going on a job interview. This way, you can have common ground to talk about during each conversation. It's also important to have business cards made if you don't have any. Sites like VistaPrint often offer free business cards, and customers only have to pay for shipping. Every business card should include your name, email address, and phone number. Social media handles are also great to include, as long as they portray a professional image.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Our Season of Giving is a success, thanks to the Peirce community

We recently blogged about two initiatives we put together to help those in our community -- our American Red Cross blood drive and the Youth Action Toy Drive. Now that both have wrapped up, we're proud to announce that both events were successful, thanks to those in the Peirce community.

Volunteers who donated to our American Red Cross blood drive, held on Nov. 26, donated 14 collective units of blood. This can be used to save up to 45 lives. And our Youth Action Toy Drive collected 93 toys this year. These toys will go to benefit children in five local area shelters, and hopefully brighten up their holiday season.
TOY DRIVE: Peirce College collected 93 toys to help children in 5 area shelters
Again, thank you to everyone who participated in these events. We'll be updating you on other initiatives the College is doing to help others this holiday season, so keep checking back. From all of us at Peirce, happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

4 organizational traits adult learners need to succeed when looking for a job

Looking for a job can be a job all on its own. Keeping track of open and submitted opportunities, application materials, and employer contact information requires a strong organizational system and a keen eye for detail to help you stay on task. If you're trying to do this while balancing your current job, earning your degree, and family commitments, being organized is even more crucial.

To help you succeed in the job search process, we wanted to flesh out some traits you should master to stay organized and proactive when looking for a new position. Use these suggestions to rev up your job search, stay on track, and ensure you get the interview you've been hoping for.

Be organized and strategic. To ensure a successful and organized job search, you need to approach it as if you were assigned a project at work. The tools you use are as important as the approaches you use.

For those who are not technologically savvy, I recommend getting a journal or binder to keep track of what you're doing. Print out all the job opportunities, submitted cover letters, resumes, and materials. I recommend binders with tabs so that you can separate each job opportunity and include all the information you have for each position. You want to keep track of all the materials that you submitted to each employer so you remember how you sold and positioned yourself.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How not to be a Grinch employer during the holiday season

YOU'RE A MEAN ONE: Advice on how not to be a
Grinch-like employer during the holidays
Are you a Grinch of a boss? If you're not being transparent about bonuses, the holiday party, or reviews with your employees this holiday season, you just might be. And committing a few of these common holiday season mistakes might make the residents of your company's 'Whoville' grumble, leading to decreased employee engagement and satisfaction far beyond the New Year's holiday.

To avoid this, employers should take special note of some holiday season blunders and look for ways to keep them from getting out of hand. Forbes writer Meghan Casserly tapped me for insights into how to spot and troubleshoot these workplace errors. Read her article, "Holiday 2012: Five Signs You're Working For The Grinch" to get my advice. Thanks for including me in your story, Meghan!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Congratulations to our 2012 Delta Mu Delta inductees!

HONORED: Here are just a few of the 51 students who were
inducted into Peirce's Kappa Nu chapter of
Delta Mu Delta. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to the 51 students who were recently inducted into Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Delta Mu Delta is nationally recognized for identifying academic excellence across the country, and this year’s inductees are no exception. Each fall, students who meet eligibility requirements (Business Administration or Accounting majors with a minimum 3.3 GPA and 60 college-level credits) are invited to join.

Our on-campus ceremony took place on Friday, Nov. 30 and our virtual program took place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Check out the pictures we shot at the on-campus event below.

We want to give a special thank you to Mike Schirmer, Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little, Uva Coles, Michael Bentil, Sheila Perkins, Camille Pierre, Natalie Price, Randy Coverdale, and Maureen DiLeggi for all their hard work putting the event together. We also want to thank our Delta Mu Delta Kappa Nu chapter officers, Dessaree Johnson-Young (President), Cathy Arnold (Vice President), and Michelle A. Brown (Secretary), who did an outstanding job facilitating the induction ceremonies. And it was great to see the familiar faces of past chapter officers Atiya Goldsmith and Felicia Roton in the crowd -- thank you for coming!

Our Delta Mu Delta Kappa Nu chapter looks forward to a successful 2012-13 year with our new inductees. Keep your eyes on the blog to learn more about the chapter's activities in the upcoming months!

Friday, November 30, 2012

If you’re a poet, come show it at our Poetry Slam

POETRY: Join us on Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
in Room 41 of College Hall
The following is a guest post from Robyn Edelstein, Professor, General Education at Peirce College

We have a great event coming up on Friday that lets students tap into their creative side and show their passion for poetry. Mark your calendars for our second Poetry Slam event, Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Room 41 of College Hall. The Walker Center for Academic Excellence will co-host the event.

Here’s how the event works: The Poetry Slam is open mic, which means anyone can read to the group. You can choose to read your own poetry, or some of your favorites by other authors and poets. The event is very informal and fun; and all Peirce students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family members are invited to attend. We’ll be serving hot chocolate and dessert to all attendees.

We always encourage students to come together outside of the classroom to share common interests and improve skills, and events like these help students be a part of the Peirce community and get to know faculty and staff members in an informal setting. And poetry, when I have used it in my classes, is an incredible tool for critical and analytical thinking, reading, and writing.

Over 30 enthusiastic Peirce students, faculty, and staff attended our first Poetry Slam in August, and we want to keep this new tradition going. The atmosphere of our Poetry Slam is very relaxed and creative, and a fun way to work on your listening and creative skills. So we encourage you to come out, bring some friends, get to know new members of the Peirce community, and enjoy some poetry over hot chocolate and dessert. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Natalie Price or me at I hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wishing luck to Jim Vitale on his retirement

BEST WISHES: We wish Jim Vitale the best in his
retirement from Peirce College after 12 years of service. 
It's with mixed emotion that we announce the retirement of Jim Vitale, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration here at the College. Jim retires tomorrow after 12 years of superb service at Peirce, where he was responsible for the Business Office, Enrollment Services, the Office of Financial Aid, Admissions, Information Technology, and Auxiliary Services (including campus facilities and security).

He retires having made Peirce a better institution for our students and graduates, and we are very fortunate to have experienced his outstanding leadership and extraordinary commitment to the College. I asked Jim to share a few short thoughts with us as he prepares for the next chapter of his life.
"I'm sad to leave Peirce, and I'll miss being part of such a dedicated team. But I'm looking forward to retirement. My short term plans are to travel to Florida for a few weeks of vacation. After that, I'm excited to spend more time with my family, especially being able to attend functions at my grandchildren's schools. Beyond that, I'll just be taking it one day at a time. 
My parting words for my fellow employees are that you should feel good about the direction that the College is taking. Jim Mergiotti has assembled a talented management team that is positioned to ensure that the College achieves even more success than we have already."
Thanks Jim, for your hard work and dedication to Peirce over the past 12 years. We'll miss you, and wish you the best in your retirement.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We’re ready for spring classes … are you?

Peirce faculty members have already scheduled their classes for the spring -- have you looked into scheduling yours? Scheduling early can help ensure you get your favorite professor and a class schedule that works with your life. And if you register now, you can rest assured through the holiday season that your classes are taken care of for the spring.

To get started, check out to see what courses your professors are teaching and then be sure to register yourself. If you’d like to talk to someone for additional support, schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss what classes will keep you on track for graduation. Call 888.467.3472, ext. 9177, or email to schedule an appointment.

Come join us this spring and schedule your spring classes now. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Peirce event job seekers shouldn’t miss

networking skills at CDS' Mocktails event
If you're searching for a job or think you might be looking for a new one in the future, it's always a good idea to brush up on and hone your networking skills. That's why we created our Mocktails networking event, hosted by Career Development Services.

This annual event gives Peirce students and alumni hands-on experience in developing their networking skills. This year's Mocktails event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in classrooms 51 and 52. All Peirce students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. To add some real-world experience to the mix, some 20 employers from the Philadelphia region will also be in attendance.

These employers come from a variety of industries, including the paralegal field, information technology, business, and healthcare. In fact, we already have RVSPs from Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield, employees from the City of Philadelphia, recruiters from non-profit staffing firms, and more. We'll be publishing the full list of attending employers closer to event time.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

4 online resources to improve your job search

ONLINE RESOURCES: Use these to maximize the impact
of your job search process
Most job seekers are using the Internet to search for and find new jobs. But few job seekers are using it to its full potential. If you are just searching for and responding to job ads on individual employer websites or aggregate job boards, you could be missing out on some great opportunities.

There are lots of important online resources job seekers should be aware of and using to maximize the impact of their job search process. Today, we're shining the spotlight on four of them.
  1. LinkedIn for professional networking. Many students don't realize the real value that LinkedIn can provide to their job search and networking endeavors. That's why we did an entire workshop on LinkedIn this past spring, to teach students how to use it for making connections, networking, and staying up-to-date on industry news and trends. It is a fantastic tool for professional networking and connections, and can even serve as a news platform for you to see what individuals in your network are discussing and posting. Create a profile if you don't have one and start building your connections. One of the easiest ways to do that is to have LinkedIn search your email for contacts and invite those individuals to connect. Whenever you meet a professional contact, invite them to connect on LinkedIn, either right away or later that day. You never know who you might connect with that could lead to a job opportunity down the road. Also, your connections can recommend you publicly. Individuals who could be good targets to reach out to for connections include your professors, advisors, and past and current employers. These recommendations are valuable references for future job opportunities.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Get to know our newest Career Development Services bloggers

Career development advice and information is some of the most popular content on our blog and we want to ensure we're providing our readers with all the resources we can. To accomplish that, we're adding two new bloggers from the Career Development Services (CDS) team who will be bringing you new insights and perspectives on career development in upcoming blog posts.

You may have seen them on campus or in the CDS office before, but we wanted to introduce Robyn Dizes and Ed Hill on the blog, just in case you haven't met them yet.

First up is Robyn, Manager of Career Development Services.
CAREER CONNOISSEUR: Robyn will be offering her insight
and advice on honing your career-related skills.

Q: Robyn, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: Hi! I'm Robyn Dizes, Manager of Career Development Services. I have over seven years of experience in academic advising, career counseling, and business development. I earned my bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a master's degree in Higher Education, and a Noel-Levitz Enrollment Management Post-Master's certificate.

Q: How long have you been a member of the CDS team, and what important things have you learned along the way?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Peirce College season of giving is in full swing

SEASON OF GIVING: Help us help others this holiday season! 
We hope you’re getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. We are too, and we’re getting in the spirit with activities aimed at helping those in our community. We’re sharing a few of these upcoming events here on the blog, so you can get involved too!

American Red Cross Blood Drive. We’re once again partnering with the American Red Cross to host our annual blood drive on Monday, Nov. 26, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in rooms 51 and 52 in College Hall. Hurricane Sandy has made the need for donations even more urgent this year. Over 450 blood drives were cancelled due to the storm, and even more were called off in the aftermath due to power outages and flooding.

The Red Cross lost over 11,000 donations due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve set a goal of collecting 25 donations in this blood drive. Help us reach it! Sign up for a time slot to donate. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule permits. For more resources about blood donation from the Red Cross, read its website for first-time donor information and eligibility requirements to donate.

The Youth Action Toy Drive. We’re collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 17 through our Youth Action Toy Drive. We've worked with Youth Action, a not-for-profit organization run by Philadelphia high school and college students that aims to promote youth advocacy and help others, for the past four holiday seasons.

Youth Action partners with area schools and community organizations to collect toys for children in need in Philadelphia during the holidays, particularly those living in area shelters or transitional and crisis housing. Since 2007, Youth Action has collected and donated upwards of 8,500 toys to needy children in the greater Philadelphia region. The collection box this year is located in the lobby of College Hall, so be sure to bring a gift for a child in need. We’ll be collecting toys until Monday, Dec. 3.

We hope you’re enjoying the season of giving as much as we are. We’ll be following up with the results of these efforts in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes here!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Advice from one working adult to another on earning a college degree: 'Just do it, don’t be afraid.'

If you’re working a full-time job, raising a family, or both, you might think earning a degree at the same time is out of reach. But if you saw a friend or family member balance full-time employment, family obligations, and earning a degree, would that change your mind? It has for many. In fact, quite a few of our working adult students refer their family and friends to Peirce after seeing firsthand that it can be done!

We like to share these stories to show that you can fit earning a degree into a busy life. Today, we’re highlighting Shamar and Barbara Durham, a mother and daughter who are both attending Peirce, completely online.

Shamar Durham is a single mother who works a full-time job in the healthcare field. She attended community college for a short time, but left when she wasn’t able to balance her course load and the full-time job she needed to support her family. But her goal of earning a college degree was always in the back of her mind.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Supporting the military in ways big and small

helped put together this year's Veteran's Day brunch
Veteran's Day is a special day for the Peirce community as many of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are veterans or current members of the military. So we're really passionate about thanking them for their service and providing them with opportunities for transition into civilian life. One of the ways we do that is by hosting an annual brunch on Veteran's Day with students, faculty, and staff in College Hall. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) annually supports and attends this event.

Peirce military students and members of the VUB program came together for this year's brunch on Monday. Peirce student Diana Kirkland spoke about her experience transitioning back into the academic world, and Peirce faculty member Marguerite Pannell spoke about her journey from the Navy to student, and then from student to faculty member.

The event also provided students from both programs with the opportunity to network and share experiences. Check out our pictures from the event.

We believe education is a vital step for military members in their transition to civilian life. Most military members have been out of the private job market for years, so a college education can play a crucial role in helping them find their footing in the workforce. Getting a college degree after serving also helps military members hone the skills and experiences they gained while in the armed services and apply them to civilian jobs.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Healthcare students: Join this association – stat!

One of our core educational beliefs is that students should participate in real-world experiences to help hone their skills and better understand how classroom teachings apply to their careers. For students in our health programs -- Health Information Technology, Health Information Administration, and Healthcare Administration -- our Health Programs Student Association is an important way we expose our students to these experiences.

Students who enroll in one of our Health Programs become immediate members of the Health Programs Student Association. The association meets monthly, on campus and at local healthcare-related organizations, and gives students context to what they're learning from their instructors. Our latest meeting took place on Oct. 11 at Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest hospital in the nation.

16 students and two faculty members (myself included) participated in a historic tour of the hospital, which was led by Stacey Peeples, the organization's archivist. The students who attended told us how much they enjoyed exploring the history of medicine and seeing how it shaped the delivery of care in our nation today.

After the tour, we continued our discussion in the classroom and focused on how quality standards, first established 300 years ago, shape the patient care guidelines currently in use today. Here are some photos from our tour which capture some of the rich historical items we saw.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Peirce College adds some trick or treat to its latest student meet and greet

PARTY-GOERS: Our masquerade party is one mixer event
we hold for first-year students to get to know one another. 
Most masquerade parties keep party-goers identities in the dark. But when we held our masquerade party two weeks ago, our goal was quite the opposite. We wanted to throw a creative event where our first-year students could get to know each other, so we hosted a masquerade party to kick off this year's First Year Initiative (FYI) program events.

The FYI program is a support system that helps meet the needs of first-year students by providing academic advising, tutoring, and financial aid support. We hold events throughout the year to help students meet one another and get more information about the College. All new students are automatically enrolled in our FYI program and invited to attend FYI events.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal names Peirce College a top 25 college in Philadelphia

We're regular readers of the Philadelphia Business Journal, a major publication here in Philadelphia, and one of the features we look forward to most is its annual ranking of the top 25 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Business Journal creates its list based on total student enrollment for the academic year.

The editors recently released their 2012 list, and when we opened the paper to see who was on it, we were excited to spot Peirce College! This is the second year the Philadelphia Business Journal has included us in its ranking.

Being a part of the list is evidence of students' continued interest in our programs. This achievement wouldn't be possible without our faculty and staff, who help ensure our programs are high-quality, career-oriented, and academically rigorous. So a big thank you is due to our faculty and staff for their continued service to the College, and to our students, for choosing us as a partner in their education.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Finish 2012 strong with an academic workshop from the Walker Center

ON TRACK: The Walker Center provides workshops
year-round to help you succeed in your classes
It can seem overwhelming to balance work, life, and earning your degree at any point during the year, but adult leaders can feel especially stretched thin during the holiday season. So we're continuing to offer academic workshops at the Walker Center through the New Year to keep you on track with your studies amid all the extra activities.

The Session 2 schedule includes academic workshops that will help with academic writing and research, as well as math skills. There are also personal development workshops to help you maintain work-life balance and discover your passion and purpose, and technology workshops, which cover the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel.

If you can't make in-person workshops, we're offering two online workshops as well. These are designed to help you increase your analytical thinking skills and develop good study habits. Check out the flyer for upcoming workshop dates and details.

To register for any of the workshops listed, contact the Walker Center at 888.467.3472, ext. 9251, 
or email We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, October 26, 2012

3 of the best industries for Philadelphia entrepreneurs

One of our core missions is to provide adult learners in Philadelphia with the best outlook on the regional job market and the tools to help them succeed in it. So when Campus Philly shared some information about the best industries for Philadelphia entrepreneurs with us, we wanted to spread the knowledge to our blog readers. Read on for Campus Philly's take on three hot start-up industries in Philly right now.

By Cara Donaldson, Campus Philly

If America were a start-up venture, Philadelphia would be its national headquarters. Historically, the city has been the core of revolutionary activity in the Unites States, so it should come as no surprise that now more than ever, entrepreneurship is the name of the game in the Philadelphia job market.

Currently, there are three distinct areas exploding within the start-up world—technology, food, and social responsibility. Keeping your finger on the pulse of these trends is important, as they signify an upward swing in the DIY career, and somewhat of a departure from more traditional career paths. To get you inspired, here is a snapshot of how ideas brewed in basements are making their mark on the new Philly job scene.


These days, it’s not so much the creation of advanced technology, but what you do with it that’s impressive. College towns like Philadelphia are experiencing a boom in start-ups, and incubators and angel funders are starting to take notice and invest. Shindig, TicketLeap, and are just a few of Philly’s success stories.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Tribune shines the spotlight on our new master’s degree program

The media continues to buzz about our launch of graduate-level education.

The latest is from The Philadelphia Tribune writer Damon Williams, who interviewed Peirce president Jim Mergiotti about why we created our Organizational Leadership & Management master’s degree program.

Damon wrote an article last week that explains why we created the program and how we hope it will benefit adult learners in Philadelphia. When asked why we chose Organizational Leadership & Management as our first master’s degree program, Jim told Damon:
This particular [program] was selected because what we had was an opportunity with MSOLM to provide leadership and managerial skills to complement what students had on the technical side…Many students have undergrad IT or business and legal degrees, and this gives the best of both worlds to those students. Coupled with a graduate program that is leadership oriented - one that helps them understand how organizations work and behave – will teach these folks how to take that next step in their careers.
To read the rest of Damon's coverage of our master's degree program, check out the full article now. Thanks, Damon, for highlighting our news!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tips every adult learner should know for career development

DISCOVER: Our CDS workshops can give you
the job search advice you're looking for.
Whether you want to move up in your career, strengthen your professional networks, or change positions, the career development process can seem overwhelming. That’s why our Career Development Services (CDS) team holds multiple workshops each semester to help adult learners navigate the process successfully

The Session 2 Workshop Schedule is now available, and over the next few months we’ll be offering the following workshops:

  • Transferable Skills: Career Change Tips. Considering a career change, but aren’t sure how to match your skill set to a new position? We’ll cover tips for creating your resume and writing a cover letter that are tailored to the position you’re applying for. This workshop can benefit career changers, those new to the workplace, and those who want to discover new techniques to improve their resume.
  • Job Search Techniques. You will learn how to balance your job search with the rest of life’s responsibilities. Some skills you’ll learn to hone include time management and networking. You’ll also discover how to capitalize on social media and online job boards in your job search process.
  • Interviewing Skills. You will learn interviewing strategies that can help you break the ice, build rapport, communicate your skills, address any negatives employers might see on your resume (including employment gaps), and respond to tricky questions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MOOCs versus online education offered by colleges and universities

MOOCs – or massive open online courses – have been abuzz in the media lately, and there are conflicting opinions about where they fit in the higher education spectrum. Many of these courses have been spearheaded by professors at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and other well-known colleges and universities and are usually inexpensive or free.

Here at Peirce, we applaud any advancement that allows more students to access education, and MOOCs can provide learning opportunities to those who might not be able to attend a traditional college degree program. But there are key differences between MOOCs and online education programs offered by colleges and universities, the biggest being that most MOOCs do not result in college credit. While some institutions offer certificates upon MOOC completion, most cannot be applied toward a college degree program. We want to help add some more clarity to the conversation and explain some of the other biggest variances.

Faculty engagement. Anyone can sign up for a MOOC, so thousands of students can take any given course at the same time. With such a large class size, students rarely have the chance to interact with the instructor. Assessments in MOOCs are often peer-reviewed or automatically graded, so instructors usually don’t have the opportunity to guide students in their progress.

Conversely, many online programs offered by colleges and universities are structured so students can engage with their instructors frequently. Even though all or most of the interaction is done online, many instructors get to know their students, including their learning styles and how they’re faring in the class. One-on-one interaction is often crucial to helping students better understand and absorb course materials.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What job candidates can learn from presidential candidates

All presidential candidates experience their fair share of media and public spotlight. They’re graded on what they say and how they say it, and there’s no shortage of lessons that can be gleaned about how to communicate, build a positive image, and demonstrate intelligence, aptitude, and strong character.

We can all learn from these experiences, especially job seekers. I put together eight of them when reporter Julia West recently asked me to speak on the similarities between a political campaign and the job search process. She utilized one of them in her article in Metro, which you can read now. To build on her article, here are my other seven suggestions for how any job seeker can create a strong campaign for a new position.

Blanket the market with strong visuals. Some campaign ads simply resonate and make you want to learn more about that candidate. Your resume and cover letter should as well. Make sure they are clear, concise, and relevant to your audience.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Want to win a $10,000 scholarship toward your Peirce College tuition?

OPPORTUNITY: Apply for the President's Scholarship
to win up to $10,000 toward your education!
Part of Peirce's mission is to give adult learners access to the education they want and need to achieve their career and personal goals. One way we do that is by offering a multitude of scholarships that can assist students in financing their education.

One of the biggest scholarships we offer is the President's Scholarship, which awards up to $10,000 to several Peirce students. The application deadline for this year's President's Scholarship is fast-approaching -- all entries are due by Nov. 1.

Any number of Peirce students can win up to $10,000 in scholarship money. Last year, 19 Peirce students won a combined $50,000 toward their education. This year, it could be you!

New applicants to the College or current Peirce students with fewer than 15 Peirce College credits are eligible to apply for this scholarship. To enter, each candidate must submit a scholarship review package consisting of the following:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management will benefit adult learners in Philadelphia

We recently unveiled Peirce's first master degree program -- a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management, with classes beginning in fall 2013. We've already written about what this degree will offer, and want to provide more details about how this degree will benefit adult learners and can help them move into higher positions in their organizations.

This master's degree program gives adult learners a focused path to becoming strong leaders in their chosen field, from education to information technology, and more. Graduates will learn to develop and implement interpersonal, group, inter-group, or organization-wide change through classes in communication, leadership, and decision making.

As Peter Key reported when he covered our brand new program in the Philadelphia Business Journal, this master's degree program differs from MBA programs. While most MBA programs focus on traditional methods of business management with a quantitative approach, our program provides more contemporary methods of managing through motivation, commitment, inspiration, and communication.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Some guidance for deciding if a career in HR is right for you

Job growth in the administrative and support sector is projected to grow by 21 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's anticipated that many of those jobs will be in employment and human resources services. So it's worth asking yourself: Is a career in human resources right for you?

I spoke with Julia West at Metro Philadelphia recently about just that topic and filled her in on what personality traits work best for human resources professionals. I mentioned that you must have a strong sense of ethics and confidentiality to work in human resources, and that people who can keep to themselves and not divulge sensitive information are best suited for the profession.

For more on what I and other experts said, be sure to read the full article.

CAREER IN HR? How to know if it's right for you

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What are the benefits of a college degree in a down economy?

Several media points have recently called the benefits of a college degree into question, in light of factors including stagnant employment numbers and increasingly high student debt. For instance, in Newsweek's cover article, "Is College a Lousy Investment?" the author comments that "the extra time and money spent pursuing a college diploma will leave [people] worse off than they were before they set foot on campus."

But it's a much more complicated issue than it seems. For instance, there's significant evidence underscoring how major career accomplishments can't be achieved without a college degree. We wanted to provide a counterpoint to those who say a college degree isn't worthwhile and share with you the five biggest career-focused benefits of a college degree.
LEARN TO EARN: The higher your education level,
the more you'll make over your lifetime.

People with a college degree earn more over their lifetime. 

We've said it before, but it remains one of the most important factors in the college degree debate. A college graduate can expect to earn about $2.3 million over their lifetime, while a high school graduate can expect about $1.23 million, on average. This is according to a Georgetown University study titled "The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings." The study also estimates bachelor's degree holders make 74 percent more over their lifetime than high school graduates.

Obtaining a bachelor's degree also opens the door for further academic endeavors. According to the study, those who hold a graduate degree can expect lifetime earnings at least double that of those with only a high school diploma. Graduate degree holders have median lifetime earnings of $2.7 million.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Unveiling … the first Peirce College graduate degree program

Since we opened our doors in 1865, we've been focused on offering practical business education to the Philadelphia community. Over the past 147 years, we've stayed true to our mission of providing a quality and affordable education for working adult students, supporting career advancement, and encouraging lifelong learning.

We've undergone a dramatic transformation over the past two decades to support that mission and to continue to provide Philadelphians with the education they want and need to stay relevant in today's workforce. We evolved beyond a junior college and began offering bachelor's degrees in 1997, then expanded into online education in 1999.

Today, we're continuing that transformation by introducing graduate level education at Peirce College. Our inaugural master's degree will be a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management, with classes starting in September 2013.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Philadelphia Business Journal has exciting news to share – Peirce College will soon offer master’s degrees!

Many of our undergraduate students and alumni have told us about the success they've achieved by pursuing higher education at Peirce. We've featured a few of their stories on the blog before. Many of them have also told us how important lifelong learning and career advancement is to them.

Many students have also asked us what other options are available to help further their education and career. We recognized an ideal way to meet this need and are now proud to announce the launch of graduate level education at Peirce College! The new master's degree program focuses on helping students sharpen their leadership abilities, while providing a means for lifelong learning.

We provided the details of our jump into graduate education to Philadelphia Business Journal reporter Peter Key, who reported on our new program today. Check out the story for more details about the program, including how it can help your career and how you can get involved. Simply click on the link, then scroll over to page 4 for the full article.

We'll be posting more details about the program on the blog on Monday and in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out here for all the latest news.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What business attire works in the workplace

DO THIS: Wearing appropriate attire to the
office portrays your desire to be in the organization
CDS hosted the annual "Dress for Success" workshop last week and for those of you who couldn't make it, we wanted to recap the topics so everyone can benefit from the great information that was shared. The most important point we focused on throughout the evening was how your appearance influences the way others perceive you, including your level of professionalism, your attitude, and your desire and interest to be a member of that organization.

The first part of the session covered what to wear to an interview, a topic we've discussed on our blog before. For a refresher, be sure to click over to read that post. Remember: You want to be remembered for what you bring to the table during an interview, not what you're wearing.

Friday, September 21, 2012

What you shouldn’t do when choosing a college degree program

When looking for information to choose a degree program, adult learners can find myriad tips on considering passion, interest, and aptitude. But few recommendations focus on the other, equally important, side of the equation: what not to consider when choosing a degree program.

There are some common pitfalls we often see adult learners make when making this decision. We wanted to highlight them here to help you avoid making these mistakes and picking a degree program that might not completely meet your wants and needs. Here are the four-biggest don'ts to selecting your college degree program.

1. Don't pursue a degree program for which you have no passion or interest. Be frank about your skills and interests, and find a field that feeds your purpose and drive. For instance, if you are motivated by helping others, consider a career in the healthcare field. Or if you have a goal to work for yourself, a business administration degree program could be appropriate for you.

2. Don't base your degree decisions on what others have done. Your skills, goals, and circumstances vary from friends and family. Learn from others but remember to make decisions based on your wants and needs. What worked for them might not work for you, and vice versa. It's OK to carve out your own path, and try something new and different.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy 147th Birthday to Peirce College!

BIRTHDAY PARTY: We celebrated Peirce College's 147th
Founder's Day yesterday.
Yesterday, Peirce College celebrated its 147th Founder's Day, commemorating the date in 1865 when Thomas May Peirce founded the College.

The College opened its doors to provide practical, business education in the post-Civil War years. The inaugural class was made up of nine men, all veterans of the Union Army, who returned to Philadelphia after the war. Thomas May Peirce wanted to afford his students a successful transition from army to business by giving them a solid education they could apply in the changing workforce.

CUTTING THE CAKE: Peirce President Jim Mergiotti cuts 
our birthday cake with three Peirce work-study students.
By the end of the College's first year, enrollment for classes had increased to 569 students. Of these, 68 were women, making Peirce the second college in Pennsylvania to accept female students. Thomas May Peirce felt strongly about providing women the opportunity to earn an education and said that at his school, "no door will ever be closed to women."

In recognition of 147 years of career- and business-driven education, the Peirce community got together to celebrate with cake and coffee, raising our cups to the vision of Thomas May Peirce and the future of Peirce College. Happy 147th Birthday, Peirce College!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Brush up on your business look at our “Dress for Success” event

WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INTERVIEW: Get tips and tricks
at our "Dress for Success" event!

You've studied hard, earned your degree, applied for your dream job, and secured the interview. Now it's time to decide what to wear. Well, you've come to the right place, because we can help with that! Each year our Career Development Services (CDS) team holds a "Dress for Success" event to help adult learners wear the appropriate attire to job interviews and in the workplace.

Each career and position is different, and our team can help you select the business wear that fits your specific needs and helps you make the best impression on your interviewers and colleagues. We'll also guide you through creating an overall professional image, above and beyond wardrobe choices. And attendees will learn about available partnerships to provide you with free career advice and a starter wardrobe. One of those partnerships is Career Wardrobe, an organization dedicated to helping women in Philadelphia with the clothing, career skills, and confidence necessary to transition to work.

This year's event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in room 69 of our main building at 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia. It's open to all students and alumni of the College, and will be facilitated by me and other members of the CDS team. Please RSVP to or 215.670.9202 by Sept. 17 to claim your spot.

If you can't make it to the event this year but still want to dress to impress on the job, check out our tips for what you should and shouldn't wear to an interview. And don't forget last year's spring fashion show, where Peirce students and staff strutted down the runway to model the best and worst ways to present yourself in a professional setting.

We're really looking forward to sharing our advice and knowledge on proper workplace attire with our attendees. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Student services workshops and events are in full swing at Peirce College

Classes are underway and hopefully you've read our blog post on how to get focused on your studies this school year. To add to that advice, we're offering lots of student support services this fall to help you make the most of your academic experience and career development.

Our Career Development Services (CDS), Walker Center for Academic Excellence, and First Year Initiative (FYI) programs each have a full schedule of student resources available this fall. Designed to help you get to know your support team, excel in your classes, and succeed as an adult learner, these programs offer a little something for everyone. Virtual workshops and resources are also available. Check out the posters below for detailed information on events, dates, and times.

Click for more details.
If you'd like to attend a CDS event, please RSVP to or 215.670.9202 by the dates listed on the flyer. If you can't attend one of the scheduled workshops, you can contact the CDS team to make an appointment for a personalized session.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Is a traditional or functional resume better for adult learners?

If you're sitting down to craft or revise your resume, you're probably following the traditional resume format. This format consists of listing your work experience chronologically, starting with your most recent position, and defining your duties, skills, and accomplishments in each role.

RESUME TIPS: Reasons why you’d benefit 
from a functional resume format
But many adult learners don't realize there's another accepted and effective way to structure their resume. It's called the functional resume format, and it's broken down by skill set rather than work history. For example, a major subhead could be "Team Leader," under which you list your experience at various organizations. Another could be "Project Manager," where you list your accomplishments throughout your career in this role.

A functional resume can be better for adult learners who are transitioning into a new career field or jumping into the workforce after an absence because it highlights how your skills can be applied across sectors, rather than limiting your skill set to one industry or position.

I spoke about functional and traditional resumes on the blog before, and when Ritika Trikha of U.S. News & World Report approached me to expand on the pros of a functional resume, I was happy to oblige. She shared three reasons why you might want to use a functional resume format as opposed to a traditional one, and I gave my advice throughout. Hop over to read the article in full.

Thanks for sharing my advice, Ritika!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Peirce first! Desiree Mitchem wins a Delta Mu Delta scholarship towards her education

HIGH HONORS: Desiree won a $500 Delta Mu Delta
scholarship towards her education
If you're a regular blog reader, you've probably seen us highlight Kappa Nu, Peirce's chapter of Delta Mu Delta, before. Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration, is nationally recognized for identifying academic excellence across the country, so we were thrilled to hear that a Peirce student recently won a Delta Mu Delta 2012 scholarship!

Desiree Lynn Mitchem, who's earning her bachelor's degree in Accounting, is the first Peirce student to win this $500 award. She currently lives in Gettysburg, Penn., where she works full-time as an Accounting Support Specialist at BAE Systems and attends Peirce online. She started at Peirce in January 2011 and was invited to join Delta Mu Delta in December of that same year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

7 tips to help adult learners stay focused this school year

FOCUSED LEARNING: 7 tips to help adult
learners stay on track this school year
I detailed five benefits of a college degree, and why now is the perfect time to go back to school in my last blog post. So if you read that and decided to enroll in a class or two this fall, you might be wondering how to make the most of your college experience.

As an adult learner, you have a lot on your plate. Adding classes to your already busy schedule requires careful planning and ample diligence to ensure your academic success. So here are seven tips to help you stay on track while earning your college degree.

  1. Create a strong academic foundation. When you start the semester, make sure you understand your responsibilities as a student. In each class you sign up for, get to know the syllabus and your professor. Understand the academic expectations of your classes and your program, as well as what GPA you have to maintain to stay in good academic standing.
  2. Be a voracious learner. Take every chance to learn from professors and fellow adult learners, and share your knowledge and experiences with them. One of the greatest assets you have as an adult learner is your life experience, and learning and sharing with others can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Presenting Peirce College’s 2012 Commencement video

The full video of Peirce’s 2012 Commencement is in! If you weren’t able to make it to the ceremony, want to relive that incredible night, or just want to catch the graduating class walking across the stage again, our videographers were on hand to catch it all.

Thank you to everyone who made our commencement ceremony a success -- our dedicated faculty and staff, speakers, volunteers, and all the family and friends who shared in this special night. And a hearty congratulations again to our 2012 graduates. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished with Peirce and this video of Commencement embodies that.

Feel free to share this video with your friends and family! If you want to share it on Facebook, just click share at the bottom of the Facebook post.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Why I decided to return to Peirce: Checking in with Nephetina Serrano

Last year, we told you all about Nephetina Serrano and her decision to return to Peirce to finish her degree. As a member of the workforce, a wife, mother, daughter, mentor, and volunteer, Nephetina has a lot on her plate to balance.

But in order to better herself and her family, she realized that it's never too late to pick up where you left off and came back to Peirce to earn her associate degree in Business Administration. (After she earns that, she's planning to continue on for her bachelor's, but more on that later!)

Listen in as she talks about where she's at on her educational journey and what she would say to a former Peirce student who's on the fence about returning to complete their degree.

If you want to achieve your dreams of finishing your education, it's never too late to pick back up. Contact a member of the Peirce College Readmit Team. They will work with you to get back on track in a way that works for you. Call 888.467.3472, ext. 9026, or visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Campus Philly names 2012 Peirce graduate Student of the Month

SPOTLIGHT’S ON: Campus Philly names Atiya 
Goldsmith-Irby Student of the Month
We love when our students go out and inspire others in their communities. Case in point is Atiya Goldsmith-Irby. She graduated this year with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management.

Atiya was heavily involved in campus activities, honor societies -- she served as president of Peirce's chapter of Delta Mu Delta, Kappa Nu -- and her local community during her time at Peirce. In fact, Atiya even was our Student Commencement Speaker at this year's ceremony!

I was excited to see that Campus Philly named Atiya its August Student of the Month. If you're looking for a little inspiration, click over to Atiya's interview to read why she decided to attend Peirce after having three kids, what her ideal job in Philadelphia would be, and why she and her husband decided to create a scholarship for married students.

Congratulations Atiya -- be sure to come back and fill us in on what you're doing in the future!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to make and perfect your resume

PRESENTING THE BEST YOU: Tips for making your resume
stand out from the crowd
As we start into August, we thought it might be a good time to refresh your memory and rejuvenate your job search by sharing a few tips and strategies for presenting the best you possible.

One of the aspects of my job as Dean of Career Development Services is to help Peirce students and sometimes alumni find internships and co-op experiences, as well as to assist in the job search process. That includes imparting advice on everything from how to write effective resumes to interview etiquette and even what to do (and not to do) after landing your coveted position.

Constructing and perfecting your resume is often the first step in any job search. It can also be one of the most crucial steps, as what you present to future employers has to reflect your value in a language and format that is aligned with the job or industry you’re working towards. Below are a few tips for putting together the perfect resume that accurately portrays you and your abilities, whether you’re preparing for your first job, your dream job, or anywhere in between.

Illustrate what you have. Focus on separate skills and job titles. I suggest swapping a vague objectives statement to a very specific skills summary that speaks to what you have done or can contribute to the job. This changes your resume from focusing on what you want, to what you can contribute. I also suggest getting away from simply listing activities you’ve done and instead using that space to qualify skills and quantify results.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What you should be doing to secure your IT job

ENDANGERED: It has come down to the survival
of the fittest in IT jobs

Not all IT jobs are created equal, especially in today's ever-changing IT landscape. With IT innovations moving at the speed of light, once-secure tech jobs are now on the verge of extinction.

InfoWorld contributor Dan Tynan recently analyzed this trend in his article, "The 9 Most Endangered Species in the IT Workforce." He turned to me for my insights on what IT jobs I see disappearing in the coming years and how to avoid falling prey to IT job extinction.

If you're interested to know what IT jobs are on the endangered species list (genus, species, and all), click over to Dan's article. You'll find some great advice on how to stay current in the fast-paced IT world.