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The multi-generational college family: why online education works for this mother and daughter

Written by Ashworth College on Monday, 23 July 2018. Posted in Success Stories

The Multi-Generational College Family

After May Macdowall experienced the quality and flexiblity of the Madison School of Healthcare online BSN completion program, she sang its praises to anyone who would listen. And one of those who heard her the loudest was her daughter, Maeghan. At 19, Maeghan was determined to attend college but wasn’t having a lot of success with the local institution. So she joined her mother at Ashworth College, and now the duo attend classes together – yet separately – in different online programs.

One nurse’s motivation to pursue a BSN

May and Maeghan Macdowall

Maeghan and May

May had been a nurse for 30 years when she decided to pursue a BSN degree. “You never want to be left behind in your career, and the BSN is the new standard for nursing,” May explained. “Plus, I feel as a nurse I’m trying to help people be their best, so I should also be the best I can.”

As a board certified case manager, May helps injured employees return to function by providing rehabilitation nursing and facilitating all the services required to restore an employee to health. In this position May isn’t required to hold a BSN, but having the degree will allow her to keep her options open for the future. “Even though I’m not working in an acute care setting now, you never know what the future might hold,” May said, “and if I ever wanted to go back into that type of environment, especially at a magnet facility, I would need the BSN.”

Even though she doesn’t need the degree for her current career, May says she has already found value in the BSN curriculum. “The population-based nursing module gave me a broader perspective on socioeconomic factors that affect care and how patients view care,” she said, “and that is knowledge I’ve already been able to apply in my job as a case manager.”

Like mother, like daughter

As May has been pursing her BSN online, Maeghan was graduating high school and looking at her career options. “I’m planning to go into real estate, but I wanted to have a solid backup plan, in case the economy or some other factor affected home buying in the future,” she said.

Maeghan signed up for classes at a local community college but found the rigid schedule didn’t fit her needs. “I work and also am a Mary Kay consultant, so it was very hard to fit traditional classes into my schedule,” she explained.

Then one day her mother suggested she look into Ashworth College. “I loved hearing how convenient it was for my mom to take classes,” Maeghan said. “I ended up enrolling in the Bachelor of Business Administration online program, and it works great for me. I can see a client, then study, then see another client. This program really fits my lifestyle.”

And Maeghan points out another benefit of her online-only education: pacing. “One thing I really like about the online program is the pace is not dictated by the instructor,” she explained. “In a classroom, sometimes the instructor will dwell on information you already understand, but then skim over something that doesn’t make sense. In my program, I can focus on the areas I don’t understand and reach out for help. My instructors have been very supportive in sending me links to additional, relevant material to assist me.”

Education that works for every generation

As the Macdowall family story illustrates, online education can work for anyone, no matter their age. With maximum flexibility to start classes whenever you want and to study at your own pace, online education makes so much sense. As May puts it, “Online education is just such a reasonable option.”

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You’re qualified for the job and you know your skillset is just what employers are looking for. But before you apply, make sure you know how to market yourself. There are dozens of other potential candidates so you need to stand out! A well-designed resume that’s neatly organized and packed with action verbs can help you make a lasting impression. If your resume is lacking luster, here’s what you should do to present your qualifications in a way that’ll put you above the competition.

Set yourself apart

Resumes are an essential part of the job search. While they may not be the most exciting to create, they’re crucial. It’s important to write and design a resume that will stand out. After all, job hunting is like a competition. You’re trying to relay that you’re the best candidate for the job through your resume.

Follow these tips when creating your resume.

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Remember, your resume shouldn’t exceed one page. Keep it neat, organized, and concise while also highlighting what’s important.

Show off your skills

You have a lot of skills and you want to show them off, but some skills are more important than others. Highlight the competencies you have been taught to perform, what are traditionally called hard skills. It may help to make a list of the training you received either in your field of study or on the job. For example, a Medical Billing and Coding specialist should list their ICD-10-CM coding skills. A Pharmacy Technician should list their knowledge of sterile and nonsterile compounding. Employers want to see hard skills, or skills that are teachable, on your resume. Other examples of hard skills to include are if speak another language, have a certification, or computer programming skills.

Soft skills are equally as important. Employers are seeking candidates who communicate well, have a positive attitude, and possess problem-solving skills. You can convey that you have all of these skills in your resume by having well-written descriptions, giving concrete evidence in your job experience that you often solve problems, and by using positive words like “won” or “overcame” to show your optimism.

According to Glassdoor, there’s no reason to list skills that most candidates possess. For example, almost everyone understands and uses email and Microsoft Word. Those aren’t skills you’ll want to list.

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Your resume can use some pizazz! When you’re writing about your employment history you should use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments. By starting with an action verb, you’re rounding up what you’ve done and your expertise for hiring managers. Use verbs that showcase your personality. This way, employers will get an idea of who you are and how you’ll fit on their team before they even meet you. Glassdoor lists action words that will elevate your resume and get you noticed! Remember, you should provide examples as often as possible.

Additionally, quantify your achievements. Use numbers to show concrete results when necessary. Customer satisfaction scores, number or percent of closed support tickets, days without OSHA violations or increases in team productivity are all things that hiring managers would care about. This way, hiring managers will have evidence of changes and accomplishments you’ve had at previous organizations.

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You’re creative, detail-oriented, and have an eye for design. You know the best venues and your Pinterest board is colorful and full of inspiration. Above all, you love love, planning parties, and celebrating with family and friends. So, why not turn your talents and passions into a career? By becoming a wedding planner you can say “I do” to the job you’ve been searching for. Here’s how Ashworth can help you tie the knot with your dream career.

Make dreams come true

You’re looking for a career to have and to hold, one that encompasses all your skills and makes dreams come true. With a love for planning, parties, and romance it may seem like your talents are more suited as a hobby. However, that’s not the case! Your career match is out there. As a wedding planner, you’ll put your creativity and organizational skills to work as you plan the happily ever after couples are searching for.

You’ll be working with couples from the time of their engagement and beyond. Every step of the way, you’re there helping plan their fairytale wedding. As a wedding planner, you’ll act as a liaison between vendors and the bride and groom. In your Ashworth studies, you’ll complete courses to help prepare for your role such as:

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  • Starting Your Business. You’re new to the bridal consulting world. In this course, you’ll learn how to start your own business, how to manage your money, and the legal requirements you’ll need to get started.

Your career will be hard but rewarding work. You’ll witness the impact you’ve had as you watch the bride and groom celebrate their special day with loved ones and guests.

Tie the knot with a career you enjoy

As a wedding planner, you’ll be busy helping couple’s dreams become a reality, all while starting your own business and traveling and coordinating events. Your work will be unpredictable, but exciting! With an 11% expected job growth by 2026, now is the time to become a wedding planner.

When you enroll you’ll also receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). With the membership, you’ll have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities.

Walk down the aisle towards your happily ever after with a career as a wedding planner. Take the first steps towards making nuptial dreams come true by calling an Admissions Advisor at 1-888-230-4013.

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Life Hacks Trust Us, People Care What You Wear to Work

You’ve probably heard the saying, “look good, feel good.” It’s true, especially when you’re saddling up for a new career adventure. Looking good means you feel better about yourself and you stand a little taller. You want to feel confident going into an interview and then at work once you land a job!

Then, you start the job and for a few weeks you dress your best, alternating between your nicest tops, polos, and pants. But before you know it, you’re comfortable and your job isn’t so new. You fall back into old habits and start wearing your comfiest yoga pants and hoodies. You may feel relaxed, but your outfit tells your boss and coworkers that you have low drive and opportunities in the workplace may pass you by. Don’t make this mistake! Here’s why you should put some pep in your step with your style choices at work.

Look good, feel good, do good.

You may not realize that what you wear and your job performance go hand in hand, but think about it: When you feel good about yourself you project good out into the world, and ultimately, your work space. If you’re confident about the way you look then you’ll be more confident in yourself and the work you do. According to an article published by NPR, a study found that wearing formal clothing makes employees think more like a leader.

But what if your workplace is more laid back? Maybe you don’t need to wear a suit to the office every day. That’s fine, too. Just make sure what you’re wearing is neat, fits well, and is stain free. Don’t wear anything with holes in it, make sure your hair is done, and you look presentable. Also remember, a positive attitude can go a long way! Looking like a professional – and acting like one – is the first step towards success.

Dress for the job you want.

Has anyone ever told you “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Remember this saying as you get ready for work. If you look like you don’t care then your bosses, coworkers, and customers are going to assume you don’t care, too.

You should treat every day like it’s an interview, a Forbes article advises. Since you’re more than likely being evaluated by your peers at any given time, it’s important to dress your best to show you’re serious about your role.

If you work somewhere where you’re required to wear a uniform, it’s probably easier for you, right? Wrong. If you work in retail or the service industry, it’s equally important to put effort into what you look like. While you may have to wear a uniform, you should make sure that it’s stain and wrinkle free without any frays or tears. Make sure you’re well-groomed and any non-uniform parts of your outfit are crisp and professional.

People care what you wear.

Trust us, your coworkers, bosses, and even customers care what you wear. Whether you like it or not what you wear on the outside has a lot to say about the person or worker you are. Putting some effort into what you wear can go a long way. You may not get a promotion right away for wearing a blazer to work every day, but you will build your self-esteem and be more comfortable with yourself. This is equally as important as career growth.

Even if no one says this to you, your managers are evaluating your appearance each day. Dressing in a way that impresses them, or even better, impresses their superiors, means a lot. Each day is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and put a little extra time into you. When you show yourself some love, it shows. Not sure where to begin putting yourself together? All skills can be learned. Check out our Personal Style Career Program to learn more about how to package yourself like the gift you are.

Believing in yourself and being comfortable with who you are and in what you wear is the key to furthering your career journey. Take the time to make sure your clothing choices reflect that you’re hardworking and ready for opportunities that lie ahead.

 
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