Smart Moves and Career Choices

May and June is the graduation season for many colleges and universities. It’s a time for new graduates to look ahead to career options, time off, or preparation for graduate school. How you apply your education is up to you.

Dr. Patti Mason and I believe in getting the maximum value for the time, money, and energy we spent in school. But we realize that education is not for everyone. If you’re  in career transition mode, here’s a look at some smart moves and career choices for graduate students in any discipline.

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Education: Inspiration On The Road

As our regular readers know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alumni from Walden University. Dr. Patti earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in leadership and social change from the School of Management. I earned my PhD in public policy specializing in policy analysis, sustainable communities, and public management and leadership from the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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PhD Survival Strategies 101

Looking back, it’s easy to wonder how I survived my PhD journey. Survival is the key word. Working on your doctorate is not like a hobby that’s relaxing and fun. It’s not like a calling or purpose in your life, something that you just have to do. And it’s certainly not a task that you do on a whim or a dare.

When you decide to get a doctorate, it’s one of those things in life that requires what? All of the above? Out of curiosity, I went online to survey other survival strategies for the dissertation process…

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Two Years After: Alt-Ac Careers

Spring is in the air, pollen is flying and graduation is in bloom. This week many universities are in graduation or commencement mode. It feels great to finish your program, get out of school and start a new life. But now what??? Dr. Patti Mason and I are two years out of finishing our doctorate. Here’s a look at some realities for new graduates and where Dr. Patti and I are in 2017…

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School Is Not For Everyone

Education is something in life that is very personal. Well, sort of.  Sometimes we have a burning passion to do something in the world, something that may or may not require a formal education. For example veterinarians, psychiatrists, or nurse midwives need special training. But many of us fall into careers that don’t need a formal education. Life experience is an education in itself and school is not for everyone

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