Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Have a friend who needs to focus on their future? Invite them to Peirce Night!

Do you have a friend or family member who needs to earn the degree they need for the career they deserve?  Help them take the first step by sharing this blog post and inviting them to Peirce Night on Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; it’s a night where the focus is totally on them and their future.   

It’s open house, so they can stop by when they want, grab a free swag bag, a bite of great food, and get access to the following exclusive offers that make taking the next step a little bit easier: 
We’ll waive their $50 re-application fee
A $100 book voucher when they register for classes *
Entry into a Peirce Fitbit® raffle 
Like all Peirce students, your friend will have access to Peirce Fitä, a revolutionary new learning model that lets them choose each week either to attend class in person or online. 

Plus, some of the same personal enrollment experts that helped you get started will be on hand for free transcript evaluation, campus tours, and one-on-one counseling.  

You could be the inspiration they need to start making their dream a reality! To help them get started, you can:
Encourage them to register for Peirce Night here
Share this blog post; click the social media icons below to share with your preferred network 
Request Peirce Night flyers to hang in your office; email kltaylor@peirce.edu 
Share your own Peirce success story with coworkers, friends, or family members. You could be the role model they need to encourage them to start achieving their own goals.

Whether you’re a current student, alum, an employee, professor, board member, or just a friend of Peirce, thank you for helping us spread the world.  

Help someone earn their degree for the future they deserve. For more information about applying to Peirce, click here

*$100 book voucher will be awarded to students who register for classes by the week of 5/10/16 for text book purchases only.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Tips to Help Adult Learners Be Successful When They Return to School

As a working adult learner, you have a lot on your plate. At Peirce, my job is to equip students with the tools they need to find their balance and be successful as they juggle work, life, and school.  

Whether you’re returning to school after a session away or after a fifteen year break, finding your groove and managing this balance can be tough. Time and again, I’ve seen students who practice these five tips make it through this transition and come out on top academically.

Create a strong academic foundation. When you start the session, make sure you understand your responsibilities as a student. Talk to your advisor and professors about what is expected of you, and what you can do to succeed. In each class you sign up for, get to know the syllabus and your professor. Set a goal for the GPA that you would like to achieve, and work with your Peirce support network (advisor, professors, tutors, and fellow students) to come up with a plan so that you can meet your goal.

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 and career experience, and learning and sharing with others can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Don’t be scared to get involved. Once you have a strong academic footing, take advantage of extracurricular opportunities. You may decide to attend career fairs, networking events, workshops, or even by joining an honors society. Adding more to your plate might seem overwhelming at first, but in reality getting involved allows you to bond with your peers, get to know the faculty, and network with potential employers -- all added benefits of the college experience. Not to mention, these kinds of activities look great on your resume!

Connect virtually. If you can’t make it to campus, take advantage of online workshops, or connect with fellow Peirce students on social media. If you’re taking a Peirce Fit™ class, you can also use the online option to stay on top of your school work during a week when other obligations get in the way (for example, if your child is sick, or if you have an important project at work). You can learn more about this revolutionary learning format here.

Lean on your support network. At Peirce, we’re always reminding students that it’s okay to ask for help! Don’t be shy about reaching out to your Peirce support network if you feel overwhelmed. It’s our job to help you reach your goal of graduating and earning your degree, and your advisor is always ready to intervene and help you formulate an action plan if you feel like you need some extra coaching or help defining your priorities. 

Keep these tips in mind as you navigate the first weeks of Session 4, and as you continue on your journey to graduation. Remember, you can do this; Peirce can help.

To learn more about how Student Services at Peirce are customized for adult learners, click here


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners

Setting a Personal Budget: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances

If you’re thinking about returning to school, or even if you’ve already made the decision to go back, I’m sure you're thinking about money, and how you'll finance your education.  At Peirce, we’re experts in helping adult learners navigate this investment.

One way adult students can take some of the financial anxiety out of going back to school is to practice good financial habits across the board.  On Peirce Connections, we’ve been exploring practical tips that adult learners can apply to their finances in order to be financially healthy and minimize their anxiety.

A simple way that you can take charge of your finances is to establish a realistic and sensible personal budget.  Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Be honest with yourself about where and how you currently spend money.  If you’re not truthful with yourself about the current state of your finances, you’ll be starting from a false data point and creating an unrealistic budget.   A good first step to creating a personal budget is to keep track of every penny you spend for 30 days. 
  • Work to limit discretionary spending.  The practice of saving money starts with identifying what you need, versus what you want.  When you look at your 30 day spending track record, categorize what you’ve been spending money on that you absolutely need (utilities, housing expenses, groceries) versus items that you want (buying coffee on the way to the train every morning, concert tickets, a new purse).  Pinpoint opportunities for channeling some of that discretionary spending into savings instead.
  • Include a plan for spending money on things that you want.  If you create a budget that’s based only around the necessities, chances are you’ll have a hard time sticking to it, and end up splurging on things you want.  Instead of treating yourself erratically, plan ahead to use a small portion of your funds on something you want. 
  • Use whatever tool works best for you.  Paper and pencil, a Google spreadsheet, or an online app like mint.com; your options for developing a personal budget are endless!  Experiment and find the platform that you are most comfortable with.  Your system won’t work if you’re not at ease with the tools you’re using. 
  • Review your budget periodically to make sure it still reflects your needs.  As your lifestyle and circumstances change, so will your budget.  For instance, the budget you need to live within while working to achieve your degree may be very different than the budget you’ll be able to afford once you’ve earned your degree, and perhaps along with it, a promotion at work! Make sure you’re reviewing your budget on a regular basis to ensure that it’s still a good fit for your current circumstances. 

For our entire Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners presentation, click here

To learn more about how you can finance your education, and get the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get to Know Our New Career Development Services Counselor—Introducing Leslie Ballway!

At Peirce, we pride ourselves in equipping working adults with the real world skills and career advice that they need to successfully navigate today’s workplace.  Joining us in this mission is Leslie Ballway, the new career counselor working in Career Development Services!

You may have seen Leslie on campus or in the CDS office, but we wanted to officially introduce her on the blog, just in case you haven't met her yet.

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

A: Hi! I'm Leslie, I’m the (somewhat) new career counselor in CDS.  I joined Peirce after spending over seven years in workforce development.  I’ve also worked in Law & Information Technology, so I have some background in fields that our Peirce students might be interested in.  My real specialty is in coaching students towards identifying (and achieving!) their dream career.

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

A: I joined the CDS team back in November of 2015.  Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned is that Peirce people are truly special—all of the students and staff have been so welcoming and warm.  I’m really enjoying getting to know the students, and helping them realize their career goals.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you’ve learned in your own career that you impart to students?

A: When I’m counseling students on their next career step, I always remind them how important it is to step outside of their comfort zone.  That’s definitely something I’ve learned along the way. It might be uncomfortable, but when you take that scary first step and jump into something new, that’s when you find success, and you also grow the most both professionally, and as an individual.

Q: What's your advice to students looking for jobs and internships?

A: Quality is more important than quantity! You can focus on sending out one hundred resumes, and you might get zero responses—or, you can focus on sending out ten resumes and aim for ten responses.  You’re more likely to get a response if you really take your time and customize your resume and cover letter for the job that you’re applying for.  Also, invest the time in learning a company’s language; what are their values, what’s their company culture like, what do they value most in their current employees.  It might seem like more of an investment of your time, but you’re much more likely to get a response if you do the research and incorporate those details into your initial outreach; the investment will pay off. 

To make an appointment for a one-on-one career counseling session with Leslie, email cds@peirce.edu. 

For more information on Peirce College’s career development services, click here