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Women in STEM: What are the Barriers to Entering Technical Fields?

Interview with Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone and Dr. Francesca Catalano

What is currently the biggest challenge to women entering the field of science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM? It's about providing direction in careers, as well as boosting confidence in these technical fields that may be holding women back. The time to harvest these highly sought after technical skills should be cultivated early on.

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How to Utilize Similarities Between House Shopping and Job Hunting

By J. Mason
Online Career Tips Editor

Much like the job search, house hunting is about doing numerous walk-throughs until you find something that fits. When you're down to the wire to find a dwelling, like I am currently, you may get pushed into an option that you would otherwise pass up. Don't sell yourself short by going with the closest option. Just like with the house, it's where you'll be for a year, two years, or maybe even five years from now. Every job influences your career so be cognizant on where you plan to "hang your hat" even if it's for the short term.

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The Need for Space Systems Engineering

By Dave Syndergaard
Faculty Member, Space Studies at American Public University

Systems engineering is both an art and a science. It answers the big-picture questions. Formulas and equations are used less often than sheer brainpower, keen organizational skills, and critical thinking. Systems engineering can be taught but also must be practiced.

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How Would You Categorize Your Career

To quote the R&B group the O’Jays, “I love music.” Though unlike the O’Jay’s, I do not love just any kind of music, but prefer anything that can be considered funky. Typically, this includes Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Caribbean, roots Reggae, some Classical, R&B, and Rap. Music is a huge part of my life. When I am working, I usually listen to some type of music. I sing when I run, and when I am quiet, music is going through my mind.

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Is a Career in Robotics Right for You?

By Prof. Karen Gail Hand
Faculty Member, Information Technology at American Public University

In the same way that personal computers and the Internet revolutionized the world in the 1980s and 90s, respectively, advancements in robotics will revolutionize the world within the next decade, and well beyond.

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The Design of the Creative Multi-Year Local and State Budget

By Dr. Pamela Scales
Professor of Public Administration, American Public University

Budgeting has been an imaginative adventure these days. Short term plans and solutions are no longer viable. This past recession has shown everyone in government that long term planning is a necessity. Even if your state did not experience the severe impact of the recession or has fully recovered from the recession you see the potential issues that can occur. It is only prudent to take heed to what has happened elsewhere and try to ensure it so that it does not happen to you.

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Gimmicky Cover Letters: Great Idea or Gruesome Miscalculation?

By Adrienne Erin
Contributor, Online Career Tips

Gimmicks need to be subtle and well thought out. The company and industry will impact your choice of gimmicks to use, or not use, as some are not appropriate in certain areas. At the end of the day you should always ask yourself, “Does this actually make me look like a better candidate?” before adding something to your final draft.

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Is Your Job Hopping Habit a Recipe for Disaster?

By Adrienne Erin
Contributor, Online Career Tips

Overall, employers tend to be understanding of job hopping, especially given the financial upheaval from 2008. We’re still recovering, and some people just had to find something to keep their heads above water. Employers are aware of that, but they still don’t want to waste time and money training someone who will leave at the first issue.

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