Blog Posts by University of Phoenix

  • You work long hours. You eat junk food purchased from the office vending machine while you multitask. You don't remember the last time you went out for lunch. Does this sound like you?

    If you're like many working professionals, chances are you seldom take the traditional lunch break, which is disappearing from American office culture.

    But skipping lunch can backfire, according to Dean Hebert, an applied sports psychology coach and entrepreneur who also teaches undergraduate psychology at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

    "If we don't take a break once in a while, we lose focus, make mistakes and become less productive," he explains. Here are five reasons to put lunch back in your routine:

    You'll have more energy.
    "Taking frequent rest breaks helps combat fatigue, whether we're exercising or working," Hebert says. Just as elite athletes balance intervals of intense exercise with rest periods while training for competition, our brains and bodies also perform

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  • Instead of spending hours posting old prom pictures on social media, you might consider using that time to bolster your career, suggests Virginia Green, owner of The Biz Visions Group and an instructor in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus.

    Employers are paying more attention than ever to social media, Green emphasizes, so it's important to make your time online count if you're seeking a job or want to enhance your professional standing. According to the Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2011, 89 percent of companies planned to recruit through social media, up from 83 percent in 2010.

    Here are Green's recommendations on the best social media options and how to use them to improve your career:

    1. LinkedIn
    Why: Green says "absolutely everyone" should have a Linkedin® profile. With 175 million members, "it's the way people are getting jobs."

    What to do: Not only should you fill out every aspect of your profile to strengthen your

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  • The rapid growth of both technology and globalization is transforming the way people work. In her new book "Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society" (Lang, 2012), Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice president and managing director of Apollo Research InstituteSM, examines how the nature of work is changing. Here are the top five trends she predicts will grow over the next 20 years:

    1. You will change roles and employers more frequently.

    "Gone are the days when people would spend most of their productive lives working for one company and retire 30 years later with a gold watch," Wilen-Daugenti says. She expects workers in the future to have serial careers, and average at least 10 different employers.

    "The proliferation of virtual organizations will accelerate this multiple-job trend, as more people join workgroups from remote locations or choose to work as contractors."

    2. A greater number of small businesses will provide niche services.

    Using the Internet,

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  • Graduation is the conclusion of a journey that deserves celebrating. University of Phoenix Provost Dr. Alan Drimmer understands that this is a moment for joy and pride, but he also knows that earning a degree is just part of getting your career on the right track. Of course, every job seeker needs to build a strong resumé, practice interview skills and conduct job research. Phoenix Career Services℠ will always be a good place to start, but you'll want to do everything you can to succeed. Here, Drimmer provides five tips for recent graduates on growing and building a rich career:

    Network at every opportunity.

    Most people are going to find the best jobs through connections. Friends, church groups, the Alumni Association - no group should be ruled out, Drimmer says. Find ways to strategically broaden your network in your field, such as by joining an association that sponsors events around your area of interest. And don't forget about LinkedIn®, your online Rolodex. Use it to join a

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  • If you don't have the right 21st-century skills, you may have a hard time remaining employable in the future. Tomorrow's work success will hinge on mastering skills you might not currently possess or even realize employers want, according to the Future Work Skills 2020 report by Institute for the Future for Apollo Research Institute. Read on to learn about the five trends you need to stay on top of if you want to ensure future employment:

    1. Knowledge in related fields
    Imagine every worker is a T-shape, says Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, PhD, Apollo Research Institute's vice president and managing director. On the T's vertical line, the worker has deep knowledge in a specific field or a higher education degree in that field. On the horizontal line, the person must also have broader expertise in related areas such as business and have the ability to collaborate with specialists in those spheres. "In the past, a generalist or a specialist may have been the ideal candidate. Today's jobs require

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  • No matter your age or career path, it's important to keep your finger on the pulse of current trends. In today's super competitive job marketplace, it pays to be cool. Here, experts offer five tips on how to stay relevant:

    1. Redefine what it means to be on the cutting edge.

    "I believe that no single industry is immune to trends," says Kathy Rodriguez-Abbott, MBA, an instructor in the University of Phoenix MBA program and a marketing manager. Rodriguez-Abbott uses herself as an example of why everyone should pay attention to trends, even those who don't work in "hip" industries.

    "I do business development and marketing for home dialysis treatment," she explains. "This might not sound 'sexy,' but it's rewarding. For me, to be trendy from a business perspective means the willingness to be open to a new movement, idea or direction."

    2. Stay in touch, but don't be a follower.

    "To me, being 'trendy' has two connotations, one positive, one negative," says Cliff Lavin, a 40-year veteran

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  • Forget the Chinese Zodiac calendar: This should be called the Year of the Working Woman. Case in point: In 2012, the number of women influencing the workplace, as both employees and business owners, is set to shoot up at a historic rate.

    "Just like Rosie the Riveter, more women will tap into their skills and entrepreneurialism to redefine the leadership landscape, launch small businesses, pursue and apply education, and ultimately drive job creation," says Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, PhD, author of the new book Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society.

    She shares these top five predictions for working women in 2012:

    More women will become leaders in the workplace.

    The pipeline of female leaders "will increase quickly," says Wilen-Daugenti, who serves as vice president and managing director of Apollo Research Institute, a nonpartisan research group that studies trends in education and the workforce. This year, 18 women are leading Fortune 500 companies,

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  • If you're already juggling a job and family, finding time to study might seem nearly impossible. Here are five tips from our experts to help you get the most from your study time:

    1. Put it on the calendar.
    "The best way to make studying a habit is to make it a normal part of your daily routine," says Pam Gordon, PhD, development faculty for the University of Phoenix College of Humanities. "Higher education is rigorous. You should always set aside time each day devoted to completing assignments and studying material. An hour a day is a good start, but more is better."

    2. Know your learning style.

    Different people learn in different ways, and there is no "one size fits all" study solution, according to Amelia Boan, product director for the Center for Writing Excellence. "Studying can happen in many different ways," Boan says. "Some people learn visually, others by listening, still others by hands-on methods. The trick is to find what works best for you and do it consistently.

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  • Once upon a time, job interviews were simple and predictable. You dressed up in your best suit, carried a briefcase and went to an office, where you got asked standard questions such as "What qualifications do you have?" and "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Well, not anymore. In today's super competitive job market, Google® and many other top companies are famously shifting to nontraditional interview formats that can include everything from complex brainteasers to covert operations designed to test your adaptability.

    Applicants can anticipate nontraditional interview formats by learning about the company and its culture, according to Allison Washington, a human resources executive who is also an instructor in the University of Phoenix MBA program. "Research all you can about the company ahead of time," Washington says. "Try to find out who is going to interview you if possible. And talk to current or past employees about their interview experiences, too." Check out these

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  • Instead of diving headfirst into a new career, consider capitalizing on the traditional job interview's enlightening sibling, the informational interview. Informational interviews offer anyone entering a profession the chance to chat with people in their network about industries or potential employers before chasing down a career path.

    Seek connections through your network.
    Scheduling an informational interview relies greatly on whom you know professionally or personally, says Amy Klink, director of talent acquisition and operations at Apollo Group, the parent company of University of Phoenix. The key to preventing your efforts from falling flat, she adds, is getting a member of your network to guide you to the right contacts.

    However, don't despair if connections don't yet exist - just broaden your network at local professional events.

    "You just have to be really creative in terms of figuring out where professional people spend their time outside of work. You can attend networking

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