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Category: Career Tips

Résumé Tips for Recent Graduates

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Students first: Online course design for today’s learners

Today's online learners often balance school with their career, family life and countless other responsibilities. An early adopter of online education, New England College of Business has supported adult learners for over 100 years. We understand how to take advantage of the online environment to build exciting and engaging courses to help students learn new skills that they can readily apply back in the work environment. How does New England College of Business create an optimal learning environment for busy professionals? We put our students first in each aspect of our business programs, including course content, networking, assessment tools, learning materials, and student support. New England College of Business recognizes that online students want online tools and support at their point of need, even if that need is Sunday night at midnight or while riding on a commuter train into work using a Smartphone. We also understand that going back to college can be a scary thought. Therefore, our Academic Advisors are there to support our students throughout their degree program. Additionally, we have introductory courses such as Information Literacy for College Success that ensures that students have the foundational skills to be successful in the online environment. How does New England College of Business create engaging courses? First of all, we recognize that it's a YouTube world and today's learners expect to learn course content from a variety of media. Therefore, our courses are not a textbook on a screen. In fact, we minimize the use of textbooks to help our students save money and time. Course content is taught through faculty video/audio lectures, as well as adaptive learning, simulations and games. Students identify and solve workplace issues by applying their learning to a variety of assignments involving writing, research, and creative Web 2.0 projects. Through these multiple means of learning, students have access to course resources and assignments that replicate real-world situations, enabling them to develop skills that are readily applicable to the workplace. While a degree is important, we realize that networking is just as valuable to students who want to take their career to the next level. We "humanize" our online programs through discussion boards and virtual group work, facilitating interactions among peers and with instructors. We also keep in mind the value of virtual communication, as businesses develop an increasing online presence. Last but not least, we always keep the student—and the student's career—in mind when designing every aspect of our curriculum and support system. Our goal is to keep students engaged and excited about learning, while recognizing the applicability of their learnings in their work environment. This way, we can fuel the drive and enthusiasm that will allow our students to succeed in their careers.

Category: Alumni Updates

Jeffrey Landblom - Clinic Administrator at The Eye Clinic of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota

Category: Career Tips

Why Businesses Need Leaders Trained in Corporate Social Responsibility

Category: Alumni Updates

How I Got My Online Degree - Michael Bramante

Category: Alumni Updates

How I Got My Online Degree - Amanda Gleason

Category: Alumni Updates

How I Got My Online Degree - Edson M. Fernandez

Category: Alumni Updates

How I Got My Online Degree - Marcia Matthews

Graduation Date: August 2012 Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration How I Paid For It: Office Depot offers assistance, and I am using student loans to pay for all my classes. How Long It Took: I started taking classes in 2008 at the age of 51. What Else I Was Doing At The Same Time: When I first started taking classes, I worked 60 hours a week as a sales rep for Office Depot, 15 hours a week as a cashier at CVS, and was a sole proprietor of a travel agency. Today, I have celebrated 17 years with Office Depot, I no longer work for CVS, and I operate Gramma's House, a non-profit organization that assists families caring for a loved one undergoing medical treatment. When I Studied: I live and work in Reno, Nevada, and the school I currently attend is on the East Coast, so as you might imagine, all my classes are online. I typically get up at about 5:00 so that I can get an hour or two of studying in before getting ready for work. On Saturday and Sunday, I sleep in until around 6:00 so that I can complete my school work before fundraising or attending an event. From time to time I also get to hang out with my family. Where I Studied: I have a loft set up like an office outside of my bedroom and I tried to do all my studying there before anyone else got up for the day. Most Challenging Part: The most difficult part for me was finding the time to do the reading required. As a person that never found reading to be particularly enjoyable, I had to get creative in order to get all the information I needed each week. I truly appreciated the lectures and other various forms of communication. I don't think I could have made it if I only had a textbook to refer to. Best Thing My Family Did To Help Me: Although my family worries about me being spread too thin, they support my educational goals that could eventually help me do more in less time. My husband proofreads my assignments, my son is my study partner for tests and quizzes, and my granddaughters make sure I don't go hungry or thirsty and that I take a break every once in a while.