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Career Planning: Three Tips to Remember.

Career ServicesCareer planning with a qualified career services office is a foundational part of finding fulfillment in your educational and career path. If you’re assessing your educational and career goals here are three important tips to help you move past any uncertainty you may be feeling and to help you find the commitment to make the changes that will help you find fulfillment.

1) Anxiety is normal (and should be expected): Educational and career transitions are a major life step and, as with any other dramatic change, anxiety should be expected. Feeling nervous or worried about a transition is not a sign that you’re making a poor decision! It’s a normal reaction to a significant decision. When you feel anxious remind yourself of all the positive reasons why you’re making your decision and be at peace.

2) Assess yourself: It’s crucial to make sure your educational and career goals fit you. Take the time to complete personality and career placement assessments to determine what job, company or educational goal is the best fit for you.

3) Be positive: Even in the midst of transition a sense of peace and joy is still possible. Reflect on all the good aspects of your current career or educational level and then consider how the changes you’re making will further you towards your next career or personal goal. Remaining positive in transition will help make the process even smoother.

Contact us for more tips on finding a fulfilling career path that is a natural fit for your strengths and interests. 

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Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips: Getting Started

Resume Writing TipsAlthough resumes are not an exact science, there are certain principles that apply to all of them. Here are a few resume writing tips that can be your stepping stones to an amazing career.

Write

Start creating your resume by simply writing down all of your work experience, education, and any other skills or volunteer experience that will help you get the job you are applying for. Don’t worry about formatting or anything like that at this stage. Just get the information on the page.

Organize

At this point, you can organize your information by importance. The most important information should be on the top left-hand side of the page. Make sure that everything is in reverse chronological order and that everything is included in a specific category.

Format

Next, you can work on making your resume look nice. Use bold headings for the categories and use different size fonts to emphasize the important information. Add bullet points to make information easier to read, and do your best to eliminate blank space on the page.

Proofread

This is the step where you can check that everything is spelled correctly and that the dates are right. Also make sure that the information included on this version of your resume is relevant to the job you are applying for. You will need to update your resume to make it applicable for each job.

Once you have followed these steps, you will find that creating a resume really isn’t that difficult. By paying attention to detail, you will be able to impress your potential employers with a professional resume. Remember that your resume is the first impression that a company has of you. It needs to show that you are qualified for the job. If you are interested in creating a great resume, contact us.

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University of the Potomac Open House

Discover University of the Potomac

When?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
4 PM to 7 PM

Where?

Washington, D.C. Campus
1401 H Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20005
(McPherson Metro Station)

RSVP

202-274-1785 or 888-380-1192
admissions@potomac.edu

We look forward to meeting you!

Come to University of the Potomac’s open house to learn how you can complete your Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree on your schedule and with students like you! University of the Potomac offers diverse community of learners the flexibility and quality curriculum they need to advance their career. Visiting the campus is one of the best ways for prospective students to get a complete picture of our University and its resources. You can expect:

  • An informative admissions session
  • Discussions on financial aid and scholarships
  • Information on tuition
  • Refreshments, and much more!

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Technology in Higher Education

Technology in Higher Education: The LMS

Technology for Higher Education

One of the biggest changes from a high school setting to a college setting is the technology used in higher education.  Many colleges utilize online platforms to manage student assignments, make announcements, and often give tests.  A system of this sort is called a Learning Management System (LMS).  The most commonly used LMS, and the LMS used at the University of the Potomac, is Blackboard.  Because of the ease of access for students and lack of paper waste, many professors no longer give out paper versions of syllabi, assignments, or class documents.  All of these things can be handled through an LMS. Wouldn’t you rather have one centralized location for all your materials than deal with mass e-mails and hours of standing at the printer hoping desperately that it has enough ink and won’t jam!  The appeal for teachers is obvious.

Now what causes a bit of “freshman shock” is that many students are coming from a high school environment that restricted student access to technology in general or did not employ a full LMS that supported student access.  Therefore, many students find this change from paper to digital a bit daunting.  Don’t despair students, an LMS is easy to navigate and many college campuses have trainings and departments to help acclimate you to this new way of receiving information.  Besides, it’s not just the teachers that benefit from an LMS.

The beauty of using an LMS as a student is that you are no longer required to do things in the traditional pen and paper.  How often does that assignment you were so proud of end up in the notebook you forgot to bring to class or crumpled beneath the textbook you shoved into your bag haphazardly?  Handing in papers becomes as easy as clicking a button (the assignments will probably require a bit more effort).  If you’re interested in learning more about the LMS system at the University of the Potomac, contact us and we can help you get acclimated.

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Career Services Benefits

Plan your visit to Career Services!

Career Services for Students

One office that every student should be certain to visit often is Career Services at University of the Potomac! You may not realize the opportunities Career Services can offer you at any stage of your education. Below are just a few of the benefits of visiting our office throughout your academic career.

First-Year Students:

Even if you are just beginning your college experience, it is never too early to visit the Career Services Office. We are happy to offer you information on careers in the field you are pursuing. Or we can offer numerous assessments and information to assist you in deciding on a major or career interest.

Sophomore Students:

We are excited to help you find an internship opportunity in your field for next summer! Many alumni and community members are searching for passionate interns. We maintain a vast list of interships, both paid and unpaid.

Junior Students:

It is time to begin thinking about your resume and cover letter. You may not be submitting your resume to positions for another year, yet it is wise to begin thinking about those to vital documents now. Planning ahead allows you plenty of time for review and revisions. We offer group resume and cover letter programs, as well as one on one consultations with our career counselors.

Senior Students:

The time has come to begin applying for your future career. We are excited to assist you with this process! There is no need to feel anxious about interviewing when we have all the interview resources you need on campus. We have information about what to wear, what to say, and how to accept or reject a job offer.

We are here to help you throughout your educational journey! Call or stop in for more information about the career servicesthat we have available for you!

Click here to learn more about what the University of the Potomac can offer you!

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International Students - What to Expect

The First Week: What International Students Can Expect

International Students - What to Expect

So you’ve made the decision to dream your dream, and study in the United States. Your visa is ready to go, the bags are packed, and you’re just waiting for the plane to take off. But what can you expect when you land in Washington, D.C., ready to start your journey at the University of the Potomac?

International Orientation

Before classes start, you and the other international students will be guided through what to expect in our orientation for international students. You’ll learn about the school’s academic policies, teaching philosophies, curriculum, and related services. And in the process, you’ll also get to know your fellow international students, bonding with them and making friends that will last you through the semester and often a lifetime.

Sightseeing

But throughout the process, you’ll be able to forget that you are in the capital city of the United States, one of the most famous cities in the world. And Potomac is only three blocks away from the White House, where the country’s president resides! So naturally, you’ll want to go sightseeing. If you’re looking to hit the major spots, we suggest the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol, where the U.S. congress discusses and makes laws. All are possible to view within strolling distance on a nice summer afternoon, and you’ll encounter many other monuments and museums along the way.

Getting Ready for Classes

Before you know it, it’s the evening before classes start and you officially become a U.S. college student. How about some last-minute preparations to make sure that you’re ready for the next morning? Pack your backpack or messenger bag lightly, with only the notebooks needed for each class that day. Pack plenty of pens, you never know when you’ll run out. And don’t forget your textbooks, whether they’re loaded electronically on your tablet or physical copies!

These three events will highlight your first week at the University of the Potomac, but they’re only a small part of the experiences and memories international students will make while studying here. Contact us to learn how you can apply to become a college student!

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F1 Student Visa Application Process

F1 Student Visa Application Process

F1 Student Visa Application

According to the United States State Department, a student from another country wishing to reside in the United States to attend an institution of learning has to apply for an F-1 Visa.The F1 visa application process is as follows:

The first thing you have to do is to be accepted for enrollment at a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVP) approved school in the United States and pay the SEVP I-901 fee. The school will provide an I-20 form that you will need to present during an interview at the nearest American embassy or consulate. If you have a spouse or children who wish to live with you while you’re going to school in America, they each have to have their own I-20.

Each embassy or consulate have their own procedures for applying for an F-1 Visa and you should consult the instructions on their websites. But generally the procedure starts with filling out a Form DS-160 online and then printing out the confirmation page. You may also upload a photo at the same time or have one available.

The next step is to schedule an interview at an embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Wait times for interviews vary. You will be required to bring your and your family’s I-20 forms, a passport, and the Form DS-160 confirmation along with a photo if applicable. You may also be required to pay the Visa fee up front. You may also be required to bring other documentation, such as college degrees, test scores, and how you intend to pay for your expenses while studying in the United States.

During the interview a digital non ink fingerprint will be taken. The consular official will determine your suitability for study in the United States and which exact visa will be most appropriate. After the interview, your visa application may require further processing. You will be informed how long it is likely to take, but in the meantime do not make travel plans until the application goes through.

For more information contact us.

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Tips for a Successful Interview

Tips for a Successful Interview

A successful job interview makes or breaks the likelihood of a candidate landing a job.  While interviews may seem intimidating and nerve-wracking, these interview skills and tips can help put your mind and ease, and leave a positive example for your potential future employer that may just set you aside from the rest of the candidates.

Tip #1: Be Prepared – and prepare for the interview in advance.While it may surprise some job-seekers, interviews are not as simple as walking into a room, smiling, shaking hands and answering questions.  It may have worked in the past, but in today’s job market, potential employers are looking for candidates who demonstrate initiative and show that they’re actively interested in the position – and it’s not just another stop on a list.  Before walking into the office, spend some time researching the company on the internet.  Get a field for what the do, what their company mission statement is, and get a feel for the company culture.  All companies are different, and getting an idea of their goals prior to ever walking into the building shows that you’re interested, and you’re willing to do your homework to better prepare you for the interview process.

Tip #2: Ask Your Own Questions:A lot of job candidates mistakenly think that it’s the job of the interviewer to ask all of the questions and judge a candidate solely based on their answers.  Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.  Candidates are expected to come with a list of their own questions in advance – about the company, about the position, and anything else that strikes their interest.  This goes hand-in-hand with being prepared for the interview process itself, but it’s a separate and important part of the process in its own right.  Additional questions may come up throughout the interview process.  Feel free to ask them as well.  DON’T, however, ask about money – especially in a first interview.

Tip #3: Be AppreciativeWith the job market being iffy, job-seekers may have to go on dozens of interviews before receiving a job offer.  Understandably, the interview process can become tedious, especially if all of the questions have a similar feel to them.  Keep in mind, however, that the company that you’re interviewing with picked you out of a pool of qualified candidates to move the process to the next level, and demonstrating appreciation for their time and effort can go a long way towards making a good impression.  Whether or not you end up getting the job, the fact that the interviewer was willing to sit down, take time out of their often busy schedule to discuss options with you means a lot.  Try not to be discouraged – at least at the interview itself.  Keep positive, upbeat and engaged, and your interview is much more likely to be seen as successful after the fact.

There are dozens of tips and tricks that job candidates can use to improve their interview skills and land a job that they’re excited to have.  These three tips are important steps of the process, and can help you to feel more comfortable throughout the process itself.  If you have any questions, and would like to receive additional help, please feel free to contact us and see what help we can offer you throughout what is often a stressful and difficult process.

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The Benefits of Majoring in International Studies

International Studies Major BenefitsEvery year, thousands of young adults begin their freshmen year of college. This is typically the time that these students chose their majors, if they haven’t chosen one already. One major that can open up opportunities in a variety of industries is international studies. With this degree, you can learn about global issues and start your career within the government or private sector.

A Major that Teaches a Wide Range of Skills

The reason that many go into international studies is because it focuses on teaching a wide range of skills. Although most of what you learn will connect to global concerns, you will also be able to learn basic skills such as writing, giving presentations, analytical skills, a knowledge of worldwide politics and conducting research. These skills can be carried into almost any industry.

Government Job Opportunities

One of the biggest industries that hire those who have an international studies background is government organizations. There are a wide variety of positions throughout the government where a person can use a range of skills in their daily work. Those who start working in government can choose to work in the foreign service in diplomatic roles, security roles and defense roles. It is also possible to work in the United Nations, depending on what jobs are available to those from your country of origin.

More Job Opportunities in the Private Sector

If you love the idea of international studies as a major but are not interested in working towards a government career, there are also many private sector businesses that are interested in people with this type of education. Two of the biggest industries that actively recruit those with international studies are non-profit volunteer organizations with a worldwide reach and multinational corporations. Both of these industries benefit from the knowledge and understanding of international affairs in those who hold degrees in this field.

If you are interested in learning more about how to obtain an international studies degree and what career path you can take with it, contact us.

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International Student Applications

Helping International Students with Application Essays

Knowing what to expect in the application essay is important, especially for international students who rely on these essays even more to help them make a good impression on the admissions committee. University of the Potomac can help international students with the application process and offers these simple yet powerful tips to help all students write a better application essay:

about something that had an impact on your life.

Think about the things that changed how you looked at the world, events that brought you out of your comfort zone, the important life lessons and experiences you had, and other things that helped shape you into who you are. These topics will help the application and admissions committees get to know you better.

Talk about someone who influenced you.

University of the Potomac gets many application essays talking about influential people in the student’s life, but many students forget that ultimately, the essay is suppose to be about them. Remember that you do needs to talk about and describe the person who influenced you some but you should spend the bulk of the essay highlighting how you benefited from them and in what ways you were changed by that person’s influence.

Describe something you did to prepare for college.

You most likely have had many experiences in life prior to writing this application essay to get into college.  Talk about the things you have done, the way you have disciplined yourself, and what you have been doing to prepare for college. Why should the admissions committee consider letting you into the program? What does your experience give you that makes you ready for college? What do you hope to learn and gain from your time at college? Make sure you let the admissions committee know that you are the missing piece they have been looking for!

The University of the Potomac offers many great options for international students and we have a strong and thriving student body of international students. Contact us today for more information about us, our faculty and staff, the courses we offer, and what your life can be like during and after your time with us. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on campus!

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