This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and University of Phoenix blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own
When I graduated college back in 2001, I remember feeling such a sense of accomplishment. I had obtained my Business Management and Marketing degree and now I was on the quest to find the perfect job. After looking for a job for months, I soon came to realize that settling into my career was going to be a bit harder than I first expected. I used the Internet to search for open positions daily, but I was still not coming across anything that fit.
I know many college graduates who feel this way. Unless you’ve done an internship or have a lot of work experience in that field, it is hard to get hired. When you first graduate college you feel so accomplished and excited, and only getting rejection letters is a bit disappointing. Many colleges have a career services department, but I felt a bit detached from it since I lived off campus.
University of Phoenix is bridging the gap between education and careers by providing students with the tools they need to find their optimal career path, research the job market, and find the best way to fund their education. I have been a fan of University of Phoenix for years, watching them lead the market in offering education in a convenient, innovative way.
I had the opportunity to see some of these tools firsthand and must say that I was impressed. When a prospective student views the website, one of the first things that they inquire about is how much their education will cost. University of Phoenix offers an amazing, self-service Financial Plan that can help students estimate the cost of their education and encourages them to be more responsible when choosing their funding for school.
Once enrolled in classes, students can access a tool called My Career Plan. A unique feature of this tool is that it shows you your strengths and areas to improve based on assessments that you fill out and gives you tasks to help improve in areas employers find important I really like the
way that these tasks are treated because you can set up dates to work on them and can track your progress.
University of Phoenix also offers complimentary tools to anyone who visits its website. The first is a Career Interest Profiler where visitors rank different areas of interest and receive a list of
career types that best fit those interests. Another is an amazing Job Market Research tool that is unlike any I’ve ever seen. Individuals can use this to get information about the job market in their area and to create career path profiles so that they can see which skills are needed for the jobs they are most interested in. It also allows the student to search jobs by location, employer,
Be sure to check out the University of Phoenix’s Career Services Department online here: http://www.phoenix.edu/career-services
I have always been a strong advocate for higher education. Even now that I work from home, I am able to run my own business because of the education that I’ve received. I feel it is important to keep my skills fresh since I work with technology and social media. In my career, things are constantly changing and I feel that further education helps me adapt so that I will be able to continue to grow my business.
What about you? Did you feel yourself stuck in the gap between education and your career?
To learn more about University of Phoenix’s efforts to help close the skills gap in the American workforce as well as Phoenix Career Services, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.