I recently came across the following excerpt from a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to graduates in 2005. As I reflected on the message, I realized that the central idea is just as important for people who are currently in the workforce as it is for those just entering the workforce, so I share it with you here:  …I'm... Continue +
If you are working as an LPN or RN and/or are a customer of The College Network (TCN) working toward an advanced nursing degree, chances are you could use a little extra motivation or inspiration every now and then. In fact, no matter what career path we've chosen, we all find ourselves in a slump from time to time. For those of... Continue +
Homeland Security is a term that many of know, but what does a job in Homeland Security entail and what does it take to work in that field? The Department of Homeland Security protects The United States and its citizens against terrorism. Homeland Security agents have to possess a variety of skills such as being able... Continue +
Do you have an interest in the law but are not sure what degree would be the right fit for you to pursue? A degree in Criminal Justice can open up many career pathways, and you can earn an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement through The College Network and it's partner in education, SUNY... Continue +
One of the newest programs offered through The College Network and SUNY Empire State College partnership is a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. In a previous blog, New Degree Programs in Professional Studies Available!, I discussed the potential fields where social workers may be employed such as hospitals, schools, or police... Continue +
Not everyone who works in the health care field is a nurse. There are plenty of options for people who are looking for non-nursing careers in this field. One option is to become a health care administrator.  Health care administrators manage facilities and have the opportunity to set the future course for the health care system.... Continue +
Do you take chances?
"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." Denis Waitley Do you have an educational goal that remains unfulfilled? Do you want do advance in your career but are not sure how to do it? Wednesday April 23rd is National Take a Chance Day, so make it... Continue +
The College Network’s recent partnership with SUNY Empire State College brings a diversity of programs that allows us to help more people achieve their educational goals than ever before. Given the fact that a college degree is quickly becoming the standard credential required for most professional employment, the timing... Continue +
Feel like you’re alone going back to school as a nontraditional student? A recent article on the web site SheKnows.com reveals that adult learners may not be as alone as they sometimes feel.    That’s the percentage of college students that are categorized as “nontraditional,” according to The Wall Street Journal. While the... Continue +
Are you a registered nurse (RN) considering educational advancement? If you have completed a nursing diploma program or an associate's degree program in nursing, you may be considering the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). But how do you decide which advanced degree is for... Continue +
Do you ever feel like you are in a career rut? I think many people would admit to feeling stuck or unsatisfied with their jobs from time to time. If you are a nurse, you can take several steps to improve your career. Recently, Scrubs Magazine published an article describing several actions that can help nurses add to their... Continue +
We all search for things that help make us successful at work, school, and life in general. It's especially true for those who are pursuing an education in the midst of working full time and managing family life because there is no time to waste. One way to achieve success is to work smarter, not harder. But, what does... Continue +
U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Jobs of 2014 rankings on February 19, and two nursing positions—nurse practitioner and registered nurse—landed near the top of the list. Nurse practitioners are in the fourth spot, while registered nurses are standing tall at number six. Additionally, among the high percentage of... Continue +
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate has been declining steadily over the past few years (from 9.1 percent in January 2011 to 6.6 percent in January 2014). Still, there are currently more than 10 million Americans without a job. Scrubs magazine recently published an article detailing... Continue +
What do you do when the path to your dreams dead-ends? Do you allow yourself to fall into a kind of holding pattern, or do you look for detours and avenues around those dead-ends to achieve the goals you set for yourself? In the summer of 2012, track and field star Lolo Jones was set to make a comeback in the Olympics after... Continue +
Henry Ford did not create his first motorcar overnight. He worked tirelessly and encountered many roadblocks to success. Even his good friend Thomas Edison began to doubt the possibility of success and offered Ford a job to redirect his energy. The first model car Ford created only went forward and did not reverse—and Ford was... Continue +
Nurses, have you thought about your New Year's resolutions for 2014? If you're struggling to come up with the perfect resolution, we have you covered. At The College Network, we want to help you be the best nurse you can be. Thus, we've compiled a list of resolutions that can help you step up your nursing game in the areas of... Continue +
This time of year, as visions of sugarplums dance through our heads and Christmas cookies and candy canes fill our bellies, it's easy to let our health go by the wayside. However, as a nurse who continually instructs patients on proper health care, you have a responsibility to maintain your own health throughout the... Continue +
When Brandy first decided go to college, she really didn't know she wanted to be a nurse. She wanted to have children so she was looking for a way to continue her education while working that was convenient. She went to LPN school, and after five years as an LPN and four children later, a friend told her about The... Continue +
A recent article on the Yahoo Education site highlights a new trend in education—more and more prime-age workers are turning to associate’s degrees instead of bachelor’s degrees. Could an associate's degree be the answer for you? According to a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 5.6 to 10.4... Continue +
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