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Referred to as “the other career in education,” the realm of student services has many names: student affairs, student personnel administration, student support, and university administration (to name a few). They all describe one job: an administrative position in higher education. From campus activities to financial aid to academic advising, student services includes a wide range of university positions. Regardless of where you end up within a university, being a part of student services can be challenging. It is a competitive field. Often the job requirements include having a master’s degree. So, why invest the time and financial resources to become an… more >

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You are an educator. You have dedicated your career to promoting knowledge in young people. Perhaps you are currently a principal or school administrator. Now, you are considering the role of school district superintendent. A big step? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Here are the best five reasons to become a superintendent: Reason 1: Influence The superintendent “sets the direction and tone” of the school district. By becoming a superintendent, you can direct real changes. If a curriculum or plan clearly isn’t beneficial, replace it with something better! You get the power to improve what is weak and build up what is… more >

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Happy New Year! It’s that time of year: the kids are crashing from a month-long sugar high, the days of the Christmas tree are numbered, and everyone is deciding on their New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions have become a great way to start fresh and commit to improving yourself. In the midst of deciding, it is easy to overlook your professional career. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to become an effective leader. If you hope to flourish in your professional and personal life, leadership is an invaluable skill. Confident leaders are essential for organizations, businesses, and governments to succeed. To… more >

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The majority of Americans are unsatisfied with their work. Why is this? Although most of us would like to be paid more, a vague desire to receive a bigger paycheck does not create direction. We are unsatisfied with work (and life overall) because we don’t know what we want. Humans are holistic creatures. The various and unique facets that make you YOU must be taken into account. People who are generally satisfied with life not only know themselves and their wants, they also act deliberately with that knowledge. Yet, many of us wander through life knowing that we want more out… more >

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Sarah Farley is one of Concordia’s Online Admissions Counselors. She has previous experience working with admissions at other universities and has traveled the world, briefly living in Vietnam for just short of a year. We sat down with Sarah to talk about what she does and loves as an admission counselor and what students can expect at Concordia University. Explain what you do for your role. As an online admissions counselor, it is my goal to recruit and advise prospective students through the admissions process from inquiry, acceptance, and orientation completion. I help students find which program is the best fit… more >

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A career in the sales industry can be a grueling one, but also full of potential. You build long-term relationships between yourself and the buyer, and between the buyer and the product you offer. There are certain skills that are crucial to have to be the best in your industry. We have a sneak peek here into what it takes to succeed and discover your potential. #1 Realize that “sales” is actually not about selling If you don’t realize this, you’ll hit a dead end every time. You won’t gain the buyer’s trust just by convincing them to buy something… more >

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Are you ready to take your sales skills to the next level? Discover new business development positions and increase your income by gaining new knowledge and strategies in any role you have? Our latest academy is the answer you’ve been looking for. At Concordia University, we are adding a new academy to our collection of useful learning engagements called the “Professional Sales Academy.” This academy is created to accommodate busy sales professionals and meet them where they are to help them grow. Courses are currently taught by Suzanne Siegle, Dean of the School of Business Administration for Concordia University Ann Arbor,… more >

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When thinking of intelligence, most individuals tend to picture something like IQ. While IQ can tell you a great deal about your ability to problem solve through learning, application, and logic, it does not paint a very accurate picture about your ability to succeed in complicated life circumstances. Simply put, emotional intelligence is your ability to understand and influence emotions, both in yourself and in others. It is a measurement of awareness. Numerous studies show that emotional intelligence is directly linked to strong performance. Thankfully, emotional intelligence can be learned (unlike IQ). Certain individuals may be more naturally predisposed to… more >

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Are you at a point in life where you’re ready to take a leap forward? Do you want to create and execute a strategy around your personal brand? We have a new initiative to help you achieve this. Creating a personal brand leads to career success. You create an image of yourself and illustrate what makes you unique. Doing so makes you less mundane by standing at the front of the pack and one step closer to achieving your aspirations. Whether you dream of becoming a consultant or speaker, monetizing your reputation online and becoming a social media influencer, or simply opening… more >

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You are a dedicated, career-focused professional that enjoys your job solving problems through information technology, and feel a calling to pursue the next level in your career. As you recognize your desire to push your skills to the next tier, you see the potential for a role in management or leadership along with (more…)

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