Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Overcoming Your Fear of Networking

Do you have a networking event quickly approaching and your stomach is in knots? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Networking can be an intimidating concept, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper technique and advice, you can tackle every event with confidence and success.

Networking is all about making meaningful connections to reach your professional goals. And making connections and networking is often how we find our next job opportunity and advance our careers. You cannot shy away from networking, so why not learn how to do it well?

For advice on overcoming your fear of networking, check out this video from Career Development Services at Peirce College:


Friday, December 7, 2018

Introducing Business Administration And The New Business Division Student Association

Did you know according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026,” which is faster than a majority of other occupations and means that over 750,000 new jobs will be created! As if the new jobs aren’t enticing enough, the, “median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $67,710 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.”

Are you now ready to get started with earning your business degree?

Well you are at the right place because Peirce Means Business! Since the doors opened in 1865, Peirce has been teaching business skills to working adults. The Business Administration program at Peirce has kept the long standing tradition going by equipping students with the skills needed to land the plentiful jobs available and coming in the future.

The Business Administration program offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree, so no matter where your goals lie, we have what you need. The Business Administration program is designed to position graduates with knowledge in many facets of business such as operations management, human resources, policy and strategy formulation, accounting, finance, ethics and business law.

Want something more focused? We also offer two concentrations within the Business Administration program; concentration in Management, and a concentration in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. Each of these concentrations offers in-depth study as an accompaniment to the Business Administration degree.

In addition to gaining classroom experience and workforce knowledge, all current Business Administration students (and all current Business students at Peirce!) are automatically a member of the new Business Division Student Association (BDSA). This opportunity is just beginning, but it will advance and heighten students’ experiences to a new level. By getting involved, students will add depth to their education, be able to network with industry professionals and connect with peers and faculty in a unique setting.

“The Business Division Student Association is a great way to expand your professional network. Students range from entry level to senior level positions and can give insight in this career field. Also, having BDSA, we have something that can draw us closer as students to help better enjoy our college experience,” said Corey Hinson, who is a current Peirce student and is the Vice President of the Business Division Student Association.

The BDSA will begin offering programming throughout the year as of 2019 in conjunction with the Business Division and Career Development Services that focuses on a variety of topics that will enhance opportunities for students and graduates entering a field, advancing in a field or simply polishing skills.

“One of our initial goals is to establish a professional network in the Greater Philadelphia Area that strives to develop, cultivate and promote talent at all levels. Our focus is on training the next generation of business leaders through continued education initiatives and positive internship experiences,” explained Dominic Catapano, current Peirce student, and the President of the Business Division Student Association.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Business Division Student Association and want to learn more, please visit the BDSA LinkedIn Page or contact me, Dr. Cathy Littlefield at clittlefield@peirce.edu.

If you are eager to start earning your business degree at Peirce College, contact our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Scholarship Wrap-Up: Final Tips For Funding Your Education

As we wrap up the mini blog series on scholarship opportunities at Peirce College, I have one more scholarship to highlight and final advice to provide. You have read about the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the W.W. Smith Scholarship, but this month I shed light on the Alumni Scholarship Fund as another great way to finance your degree with college scholarships.

The Alumni Scholarship Fund was started as a support system by those who have already achieved their degree for those who are currently going through the process. This scholarship is available to both eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2018 winners are three students already featured in our previous scholarship blogs. They are DeVonte Douglass, Jackmely Hernandez and Corey Hinson. Congratulations to all!

These students and a few others shared in the previous two posts their advice and guidance on applying and landing a scholarship. Now, check out a compilation of it all with additional resources and insight to take with you as you move forward with funding your education in the best and most effective way:

1. Talk to your Academic Advisor! They are a great resource for learning of scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines. They are your first stop on your scholarship journey.

2. Apply, apply, apply! You will always miss out on every scholarship you don’t apply for. So take that initial leap of faith and commit to applying to multiple scholarships. This will give you a better chance of receiving maximum financial support while earning your degree.

3. Tell your story! Once you decide to apply, make your applications personal and let those who are reading and selecting the winners get to know you. Talk about your inspiration, your struggles, your accomplishments and you will allow those reading to connect with you and fully understand who is applying for the scholarship.

4. Ask for help! Once you have written your story and your essays are complete, ask someone to proof-read them for you. Having an extra set of eyes on your work is never a bad thing. They may catch a small mistake you missed or be able to guide you on how to make your submission even stronger.

5. Recommendation letters are crucial! Carefully select who you will ask to write your recommendation letter(s). Give plenty of advanced notice to every contact and always have a back-up plan. Your boss or professors are great resources for recommendations letters as they can speak about you on a professional level.

6. Plan ahead! Give yourself plenty of time to write the essays, edit the essays, connect with those who you wish to have write your recommendations and finalize any last minute materials needed for the application. You will be a lot less stressed if you give yourself the gift of time.

After taking note of all these tips, be sure to check out Peirce College’s website for more scholarship information and check external resources such as fastweb.com for even more ways to finance your education.