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When Life Doesn’t Mimic Fiction

By Kristen Carter, GCDF
Contributor, Career Services

Recently, I spoke with a mother who indicated that her daughter was interested in studying criminal justice based on her desire to work for the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Initially, I was impressed – her daughter’s career goal was quite specific, implying that she had done the necessary research to learn the requirements to be hired in this position. However, after asking a few questions, it turned out that she was only familiar with this part of the agency because she was an avid viewer of the TV show, Criminal Minds.

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What's Wrong With the Media's Portrayal Of Women Today, and How to Reverse It

By Kathy Caprino
Forbes

Spend a day watching YouTube videos, TV shows, and the “news” and you’ll be as stunned as I am at dichotomy between what we are saying is possible for women today (that they can ascend to leadership, launch their own successful businesses, and sit at the board table equally with men, rather than being relegated to only 16% of corporate leadership), vs. how women are actually being depicted in the media. From my view, popular media focuses much more heavily on a whole host of negative or limiting aspects of women, including an intense scrutiny of and emphasis on their looks (think about the obsession we have with Hillary Clinton’s hair), and a keen focus on how they’re struggling so hard to balance life and work, how catty and demeaning they can be to each other, or how they’ll throw each other under the bus in order to rise to the top.

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How To Love Your Job Even If You Don't Like It

By Kerry Hannon
Forbes

Boredom is often at the root of unhappiness at work. So take a single step toward modifying what’s getting you down. Challenge yourself to look for one area that would give you more joy at work and then make it happen. If you persistently add worth to what you bring to the job, chances are your boss will notice and reward you for it.

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Electrical Engineering Careers: My Experience in the Field

By Dr. Colin Doyle
Program Director, Electrical Engineering at American Public University

Electrical Engineering is a field of study that deals with the application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Pretty much everything that can be plugged in, charged, or needs a battery have at least one electrical engineering influence.

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Women In Aerospace: Challenges And Opportunities

By Bonnie Marcus
Forbes

There has been much discussion and attention paid recently to women and STEM careers. Rather than continue this conversation in general terms, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at specific STEM industries in which women are underrepresented to highlight some of the opportunities for women and as well as the challenges. Aerospace is the first industry I’m exploring relative to these issues.

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Mentoring Millennial Teachers to Best Serve Their Students

By William M. Gillum, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, School of Education at American Public University

The once heated debate about the merit of technology in the classroom has switched from should we use technology to how do we best utilize technology in today’s rapidly changing classrooms. The good news is that the latest generation of teachers is poised to help with this change and, with the right support, can have a great impact on the nation’s classrooms.

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7 Ways Microwave Engineers May Have Changed Your Life

By Patrick Dever, P.E.
Faculty Member, Electrical Engineering at American Public University

RF and microwave engineering is a specialty area within the electrical engineering profession that deals with circuits and systems that operate in the RF and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. These signals, which fluctuate between 100 million and 300 billion times per second, are the backbone of many of the wireless devices that we take for granted.

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

Generally, the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it” has a positive connotation, meaning that while you may not have the job or position you want, you should always maintain the type of confidence a person who has grasped his goals would have. This sounds great, but how do we exact this rule without losing ourselves? Doesn’t faking rebut the wisdom imparted on us as kids to always tell the truth? Does faking it until we make it include living a lie?

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