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Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Position on a Board of Directors

By James R. Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Public University

After military life and some seasoning in the civilian world, service members become highly sought after by the board of directors of companies and nonprofits. Service members are problem solvers, gaining skills in the military that are not easily acquired in the civilian world. They are accustomed to getting necessary tasks done, which appeals to a board of directors.

Making Your Handprint on the World: Occupation Versus Vocation

By Jane Cors Smith
Faculty member, Religion at American Public University

Teaching in the department of religion, and working in the field of social work, I often encounter students or caseworkers who are trying to discern their calling in life. They believe they have a purpose ascribed to them, and are constantly seeking and searching out just what that might be. They want to make a handprint on the world by using their gifts to somehow make the world a better place.

The Facade of Career Conformity

By Brent Webber
Faculty member, School of Business at American Public University

I love studying people and learning about what makes a human’s inner clock tick. The conversations I have had in pursuit of this interest have made me question my direction, our cultural wants and needs, and how we have evolved as humans. I have also often bluntly asked myself: What am I doing?

College Degree Choice and Your Career

By Sharie Adamson, Ed. D
School of Business at American Public University

Many of us begin our college journey thinking we need to decide what we want to do with the rest of our lives. College is only one piece of the puzzle of our lives and we need to keep that in focus. Preparing for a successful career involves choices well beyond the classroom.

I had the illusion that my college degree choice would set the path for my career for the rest of my life. Therefore, I really stressed about my degree plan. This caused me to change my degree and shift my opinion many times over the course of my first two years in college.

When I settled on the field of teaching, I assumed that I would be a teacher for my entire future career. I was mistaken and, 25 years after I began my career, I look back and wished that I had been more focused on the joy and process of learning instead of focusing on the rest of my life.

5 Ways a Professional Organization Can Advance Your Career

By Tiffany Young
Online Career Tips Contributor

Getting ahead professionally takes more than just knowing how to do the job or having advanced degrees. The advancement of your career is solely your responsibility and shouldn’t just be a focus when searching for a new job. For help, try turning to professional organization for your career needs.

There is benefit to joining a professional organization-- it’s an investment that can be one of the biggest career moves you’ll ever make.

Learning to Balance Your Perfectionism at Work

By Jaymie Pompeo
Contributor, Career Services

While presenting high quality work should always be your goal, perfectionists take it to an extreme that can be detrimental in the workplace. The amount of anxiety and stress from overanalyzing your efforts may contribute to producing low-quality work, missing deadlines, and may even hold you back, career-wise.