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Turn an interview into a conversation

How to turn an interview into a conversation

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Instructor had a bird’s-eye view of history

For Raymond Shelton, service to both his country and others has been a driving ...

Using LinkedIn

Become a LinkedIn power user

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How to develop good study habits

High-achieving students understand that having good study habits means figuring ...

What can a career coach do for you?

If you’re looking to give your job search a boost, consider using a career ...

Work productivity tips

5 ways to be more productive at work

Ever feel like the workday has flown by and you still have a mountain of ...

Doctoral student inspires “Gimme Shelter” movie

Kathy DiFiore didn’t set out to start a ministry. “I just wanted to help ...

Campus tours

Campus tours showcase John Sperling Center

How do you draw blood from a manikin? What percentage of recycled materials ...

Stress-free kids

How to tell if your kids are overscheduled

Worrying about college acceptance when your child is only 8 and lining up tons ...

Work stress

5 signs of a toxic work environment

Do you dread going into work each day and come home feeling demeaned and ...

Negotiating salary

When is the best time to negotiate a salary offer?

The interview process is going well — you’re confident that you’ve excelled on ...

Success tips from University of Phoenix students

Whether they’re checking email messages after a long workday, taking kids to ...

Using Twitter

Turn Twitter into your career search engine

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Prerequisites

6 ways a prerequisite course can help you succeed

If you’re wondering why you need to take a course in general education before ...

Student teaching

How to get the most out of student teaching

Before you earn your education degree — and become certified to teach — you must ...

Want to work from home? 5 jobs to consider

Working from home can be a rewarding and flexible career option, and you can ...

Lisa Blue

Alumna honored for work with special needs kids

Advocating on behalf of her own child with special needs came naturally to Lisa ...

Change careers

How to change careers at any age

No matter how old you are when you decide to change professions, the most ...

Learning styles

There are 7 learning styles. Which one fits you?

Everyone learns differently, says Joy V’Marie, MS, an online instructor in the ...

Interview follow-up

6 key ways to follow up after an interview

Many job seekers typically place the most emphasis on writing a killer resumé ...

5 of the best apps for college students

Apps nowadays do everything from reminding you about school assignments to ...

Project management skills

6 jobs that call for project management skills

You might not realize it, but even if you don’t have Project Management ...

Avoid burnout

How to avoid burnout in the helping professions

“People who work in helping professions [can be] prone to professional ...

How has modern education changed teaching?

When you think of K–12 teaching, if you visualize a teacher standing in front ...

Mother's Day

6 creative Mother’s Day gifts

Sure, taking Mom out for brunch or dinner, or bringing her flowers on Mother’s ...

4 ways to show police leadership

While rank-and-file police officers who are thrust into managerial roles may ...

How to build a personal brand online

Just as Coca-Cola®, Apple® and Microsoft® corporate brands can instantly convey ...

Doctoral residency

How the University’s doctoral residency works

Whereas University of Phoenix® online doctoral programs allow you to pursue ...

Online doctoral programs

How the doctoral dissertation process works

Completing your doctoral dissertation is likely one of the most challenging ...

5 videos offer tips on how to pay for college

When it comes to covering the cost of college tuition, you might wonder how ...

Environmental education

How U.S. schools are providing green education

When you think about going green, you might visualize recycling, planting an ...

Networking

5 simple tips for people who hate networking

People love to hate on professional networking: It’s transactional, they say — ...

Mental health counselor

How to become a mental health counselor

If you’re thinking about entering the mental health field, now’s a good time. ...

Scholarship helps business student dream big

It wasn’t an episode of “Sex and the City” or the bright lights of Manhattan ...

StackTrack

What StackTrack can do for you

The StackTrack™ certificate option at University of Phoenix can help you gain ...

CPA

How to become a CPA

While accounting careers range from clerical positions to chief financial ...

Human services degree

What can you do with a human services degree?

If you’re passionate about helping others, earning a degree in human services ...

University alumna is a financial role model

Kim Murphy is a University of Phoenix graduate four times over: She holds ...

7 job interview questions you should ask

It’s a common situation: The job interview is wrapping up, and you’re confident ...

Special education teacher

What it takes to become a special education teacher

Working in special education requires more than a bachelor’s degree and state ...

Career change

How you can tell it’s time for a career change

If work is no longer fulfilling, and you’re thinking about making a move, how do ...

Cybersecurity expert uses hacking skills for good

Summer Lee only needs to press a few keys on her computer to break into online ...

How to build job experience in your career field

While federal statistics show that earning a bachelor’s degree can lead to ...

Writing cursive

Is learning cursive writing still necessary?

If you ask kids why a cursive “Q” looks like a “2,” or where exactly you start ...

Manage stress at work

Need to manage stress at work? Try these 4 tips

If you’re among the more than one-third of U.S. employees who drag themselves ...

MBA grad conquers Mount Everest, inspires others

Brian Dickinson is proof that it’s possible to reach great heights in many areas ...

Study skills

Want to be a better studier? Check out these tips

Did you know that the amount of water you drink can affect your concentration? ...

Nursing advocacy

How nurses can advocate for their patients

“Advocating for patients is within [nursing’s] mission,” according to Susan ...

Perfecting your elevator pitch

What’s an elevator pitch, and why do you need one?...

One-time dropout becomes an award-winning teacher

Last year, Apryl Shackelford found herself in front of a cheering crowd, still ...

Setting goals

Why set goals?

If you want to accomplish as much as possible — both personally and ...

Police officer advancement

5 ways to advance your career as a police officer

You made it through the police academy and are working as a patrol officer. But ...

Online branding

How to protect your online personal brand

Corporate brands like Coca-Cola® beverages and Apple® devices convey an ...

PhoenixConnect

Want to network with fellow students and alumni?

University of Phoenix and its vast online presence connect thousands of students ...

Be a better writer

8 tips to help you be a better writer

Writing well is one of the most useful and important skills a student can ...

Nursing safety

How nurses can improve their safety on the job

Registered nurses have the fifth-highest rate of ergonomic injury in the ...

STEM fields

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job ...

Alumni Aubri Shauger-Haley

Chronic MS couldn’t stop alum’s graduation walk

When Aubri Shauger-Haley followed her husband, Richard, across the stage at a ...

Student tools

5 student services that can help you succeed

University of Phoenix students are diverse, with a wide range of academic, ...

Forensic accounting

How to break into forensic accounting

Forensics aren’t limited to the world of police and TV crime shows. From big ...

How to network for jobs

Networking with style

The days of looking for posted job openings and then sending out resumés are ...

University of Phoenix named Military-Friendly School for fifth consecutive year

University of Phoenix continues to be a top education destination for military ...

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores big in 2013

It was quite a year for Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt....

Certificate programs

5 things to know about certificate programs

People who are successful in one career and those who change careers often have ...

Difficult subjects

How to discuss difficult subjects with your boss

When it comes to challenging conversations, it might seem like it’s easier to ...

Women in science

Why more women should consider science degrees

Despite the wealth of job opportunities for people with science degrees, there ...

Social media in the classroom

How teachers can use social media in the classroom

If you’re a teacher, you’re likely always looking for ways to get your students ...

Best music for studying

Poll: Students reveal the best music to study to

If you crank up the tunes when doing your homework, you aren’t alone. A recent ...

Obstacles in life

5 ways to be prepared for life’s obstacles

When you’re juggling work, school and your personal life, planning for ...

MBA degree

How to maximize the value of an MBA

If you’re looking to get a leg up on the competition, earning an MBA and adding ...

Speaking without fear

Make small talk work for you

Some people become tongue-tied even at the idea of having to make polite ...

Happiness at work

Making happiness at work a habit

Feeling content for eight or more hours a day while you’re on the job might ...

Ways to gain confidence

7 simple ways to build your confidence

Are you shy or easily embarrassed? Does an upcoming job interview or networking ...

Connect to other students

5 ways to connect with fellow students

Just because you aren’t in a college classroom every day doesn’t mean there ...

Email etiquette

8 business email etiquette blunders

You probably use email almost every day at work. It’s quick and convenient, but ...

Superhero movies

Why are superhero movies so popular?

Look, up on the screen! It’s a comedy, it’s a drama — no, it’s a superhero ...

Nursing careers

In-demand jobs for nurses outside the hospital

Many professionals who earn a nursing degree expect to work in a clinical ...

Paying off student loans.

7 tips for paying off student loans

You’ve finished college with two things: a new degree and at least one student ...

5 things you shouldn’t say in a job interview

Now that you’ve landed an interview at the company of your dreams, it’s time to ...

Olivia Zanfardino

Finding inspiration on “Roadtrip Nation”

Olivia Zanfardino, a student in the business management program at University ...

Asking for a letter of recommendation

How to ask for a letter of recommendation

If you’re seeking a job or scholarship or hoping to move on in college to earn ...

Top traits of a nurse leader

Top traits of a nurse leader

Nurse leaders work both behind the scenes and in the public arena to improve ...

Jobs for communication majors

7 jobs for communication majors

With the number of traditional media jobs shrinking, communication graduates ...

Grants help fund faculty research and innovation

Research funding isn’t just for the ivory tower. Thanks to the Office of ...

Student organizations

5 benefits of joining student organizations

Getting good grades may be among your top educational goals, but there’s more to ...

Gladys Pearson

Instructor’s nonprofit helps young people flourish

“I’ve devoted my life to telling young people they can lead productive, ...

Transitional care nursing

Why consider transitional care nursing?

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act have increased demand for ...

General studies

How to market your general studies degree

As a student of the humanities, you’ll study everything from mathematics to ...

Black History Month

How has life changed for black Americans?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination along racial, ethnic and ...

Older job seekers

6 tips for older job seekers

The older you are, the longer it can take to find a job, says Linda McKee, MBA, ...

Living in a straw house isn’t just a fairy tale

You might think straw houses only exist in “The Three Little Pigs.” But ...

Careers for human resources

5 surprising human resource jobs

There’s more to human resources (HR) than processing paperwork and reviewing ...

Winning scholarships

How to improve your odds of winning scholarships

Scholarships are free money, but not easy money. Applying takes time, research ...

Best job perks

Survey: Military to civilian transitions are tough

While U.S. servicemembers acquire valuable skills and go through diverse ...

Best job perks

5 cool job perks

One of the first things most people typically want to know about a job is what ...

Forensic nursing

What is forensic nursing?

Picture the scene of a crime. That single setting is filled with hundreds of ...

Money management

Post-holiday money-management tips

You’ve eaten all the holiday treats, taken down the seasonal decorations, and ...

What is an environmentally sustainable business?

Today, an increasing number of companies use the words “green” or ...

Career coaching

New center to offer career coaching services

University of Phoenix students and alumni in need of academic or career support ...

Getting motivated

4 ways to get motivated

Like many people, you’ve probably got a long list of things you’d like to ...

Remembering names

How to remember names

Learning how to recall names can help your career and prevent some embarrassing ...

Phoenix Scholarship Reward Program

University scholarship program aims to cut tuition

Looking for ways to save on college tuition? So are many of the schools you may ...

Donate blood

Why donate blood?

January is National Blood Donor Month. You might want to consider making a New ...

Kevin Burciaga

Student honored by MLB and People magazine

Shortly after Kevin Burciaga returned home in 2008 from a tour in Iraq with the ...

Unusual scholarships

7 unusual scholarships to help you pay for college

When it comes to financing your college education, look beyond the usual sources ...

How to blow a job interview

How to blow a job interview

Human resource professionals have no end of stories about oddball behavior by ...

Telecom jobs

5 in-demand telecom jobs

Telecommunication experts are in demand right now across a wide spectrum of ...

Sandra Wing

Cancer survivor’s foundation eases others’ pain

When Sandra Wing was battling ovarian and uterine cancer, she found that she ...

Associate degree

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an ...

IT certifications

5 jobs IT certifications can help you get

Information technology (IT) is constantly changing, so it’s crucial to keep ...

English majors

What can you do with an English degree?

Prospective employees who hold English degrees are in demand in a growing ...

Psychology degree

How to make the most of a psychology degree

A bachelor’s degree in psychology “is enormously adaptable,” and a good ...

Work well in a team

5 ways to work well in a team

“Today’s jobs require teamwork,” says Doug Dribben, JD, a retired U.S. Army ...

Registered nurse

What does a registered nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) are highly trained professionals with skills that set ...

BSN

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Many registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) don’t think ...

Larry Fitzgerald

NFL pro Larry Fitzgerald has a different goal

Along with scoring touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals and traveling the world ...

Advantages of getting an MBA

5 advantages of an MBA

Learning how to create a detailed business plan is just one advantage of ...

Career as a nurse practitioner

4 reasons to become a nurse practitioner

Considering a career as a nurse practitioner (NP)? The future is bright in this ...

Music while studying

Should you listen to music while studying?

You’re cramming for an exam or finishing a paper that’s due tomorrow while ...

Ways to stay motivated

5 ways to stay motivated in college

Now that you’ve gone back to school, how do you stay focused when you’ve got a ...

Networking

5 networking tips for health administrators

Heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While that ...

New online classroom

How the new online classroom can help you

University of Phoenix is upgrading its online classroom for the first time in ...

How to set goals

How to set goals to advance your career

Big career steps like going to college, landing your first job and moving into a ...

Study tips

5 study tips to make the most of your time

Your busy life means study time is limited, so why not make the most of it? ...

PMP certification

How to get PMP certification

If you have a head for managing corporate projects, getting Project Management ...

Why get a doctorate?

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common ...

F5 certification

How to get F5 certification

Ever use a debit card, download an app, shop online or text a friend? ...

Retail careers

5 retail careers that might surprise you

The salesclerk asks if you found everything you were looking for, rings you up ...

LinkedIn etiquette

5 ways to follow proper LinkedIn etiquette

At a cocktail party, you probably wouldn’t approach someone you didn’t know and ...

Tips for new nurses

5 tips for new nurses

Not only did you diligently plow through all your required courses, but you also ...

Careers for veterans

5 information technology careers for veterans

Switching from military to civilian life isn’t easy. But veterans who choose ...

Military students

How University of Phoenix helps military students

Whether in wartime or peacetime, the heavy demands and regimented structure of ...

Time management for students

Top time-management tips for students

“It’s sometimes difficult for students [to return to school] — especially if ...

Military counseling

5 reasons military counseling is in demand

With nearly one in three U.S. servicemembers and veterans of overseas ...

How to nail an interview for a nursing job

We’ve all heard the same job interview questions: “What are your strengths? How ...

5 IT fields in demand

With advances in information technology changing how businesses operate, growth ...

The best LinkedIn tips for veterans

If you’re a veteran who served many years in the military, you may be unsure how ...

When to study

Do you know when to study?

People perform their best at certain types of tasks — from exercise to ...

Shermona Woodley

Quitting was never an option for this alumna

“This is your future — your time to shine,” Shermona Woodley tells students at ...

Self-esteem in kids

5 ways teachers can build self-esteem in kids

Just because a teacher is great at instructing kids in reading, writing and ...

Cybersecurity

5 cybersecurity mistakes you can avoid

While everyone can agree that the Internet makes life easier, it’s also full of ...

Working in the cloud

5 ways working in the cloud is changing business

Working "in the cloud” is making old-school desktop computers, disc drives and ...

Day trips

5 great Phoenix day trips

Your family and friends have come to Phoenix for your commencement, and they ...

Bad boss

7 signs you're a bad boss

You enter the lunchroom, and discussion among your employees halts. They drop ...

What to do after college

What to do after you graduate from college

Once you’ve crossed the stage, accepted your diploma and turned in your cap and ...

Project management

How to get into project management

Project management is a hot career these days — the U.S. Bureau of Labor ...

Hot IT jobs

5 hot IT jobs that are in demand

The era of the computer geek who eats, dreams and sleeps in binary code but ...

Working at home

5 productivity tips for working from home

Thinking about telecommuting? Although working from home can offer more ...

Graduation tips

7 graduation tips to make your day memorable

It’s your moment. After so many homework assignments, late-night study sessions ...

Become a nurse

5 reasons now is a good time to become a nurse

Nursing is more prestigious than ever. Not only are nurses in demand, but they ...

Humanities degrees

5 reasons to get a degree in humanities

If you love reading English literature or are fascinated by Greek philosophy, ...

Employing transformational leadership

You can become a transformational leader

There’s no denying it: The concept of transformational leadership has become ...

First impressions

5 ways to make a good first impression

Whether you’re on a job interview or just meeting another parent from the PTA, ...

Online skills tests for job seekers

5 online skills tests for job seekers

Taking tests isn’t just for students — it can also help boost your career. “Our ...

Become a teacher

Want an in-demand career? Become a teacher

If you’re looking for a profession with strong hiring potential, you might ...

The future of criminal justice

5 emerging criminal justice fields

The future of criminal justice is high-tech — from police beats to border ...

Learning teams develop career skills

7 career skills learning teams help you develop

What’s a surefire way to help college students gain the abilities they’ll need ...

Affordable Care Act effects on nursing

5 ways the Affordable Care Act affects nursing

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) won’t take full effect until 2014, but it ...

Texting in class

Is texting in class hurting your education?

Although you may think that sending a harmless “WAYD?” (What are you doing?) ...

Health care administrator career skills

Top career skills for health care administrators

Doctors and nurses may be the first people who come to mind when you think about ...

Highly effective team

Secrets to highly effective teamwork

Want to know the secret to creating an effective business team — one that is all ...

Options for college tuition

7 ways to reduce student loans

Like many students, you’ll likely need some financial aid to help pay for ...

Changes in nursing

5 ways the nursing field is changing

Nurses a generation ago often had different goals than those in the profession ...

Phone interview tips

7 phone interview tips to impress hiring managers

Your resumé scored you a job interview, but the hiring manager wants to conduct ...

Resources for business students

Best websites for business students

Considering launching a startup someday or running a company? Business ...

Christa Sorenson

Alumna Christa Sorenson parties with a purpose

Christa Sorenson loves to party — especially when it’s for a good cause. The ...

Nursing skills

Essential skills for a nursing career

Being a nurse these days isn’t just about taking temperatures and starting IVs. ...

Career websites for veterans

5 websites where veterans can get career help

Searching for a job is often a time-consuming process, and it’s no different ...

Creating a proper resumé for teachers

How to write a resumé for a teaching career

If you’ve chosen teaching as a second career, you’ll need to pass a ...

Identify corporate culture

How to evaluate organizational culture

Culture shock doesn’t just affect tourists bumbling through a foreign land — ...

High-tech classrooms are the norm

The evolution of technology in the classroom

From yesteryear’s chalk slates to today’s iPad® tablets, technology as a ...

Work spouse

How to determine if you have a work spouse

People all over the country have multiple husbands and wives. Not in the ...

Small college class size

5 benefits of a small class size

When it comes to the number of students in a college class, does size make a ...

Time management tips

How to choose a time-management strategy that’s right for your personality

If you expressed your feelings about time management aloud, would you be ...

New roles in nursing

5 emerging roles in nursing

As the U.S. health system evolves to meet the demands of aging baby boomers — as ...

Health care administration

5 reasons to be a health care administrator

When you’re sick, doctors are your heroes. But they wouldn’t be able to do ...

Regular physical activity benefits the brain

5 ways exercise boosts your brainpower

Working out provides more than just physical benefits. Just ask Dean Hebert, an ...

Toxic friends aren’t friends at all

5 reasons to end a toxic friendship

Do you have a friend who’s toxic, and really more of a frenemy? “If someone ...

Is texting bad for kids’ communications skills?

OMG! Can u BLV it? Txting ur BFF during class is bad 4 u!...

Learn to stay in the present

5 ways to reduce stress by focusing on the present

You’re worried that a pending merger means you’ll be laid off. You’re terrified ...

Forest wildfires

Are wildfires good for the environment?

Close to 8 million acres of forests and grasslands in the United States went up ...

How to eat healthy on Pinterest

5 rules for healthy eating with Pinterest

When it comes to using recipes you find on Pinterest® pinboards to plan your ...

Tips to get your resumé noticed

5 ways to get your resumé noticed

Is job hunting more difficult than ever before in our lifetimes? That’s hard to ...

AAIT with a concentration in Web Administration degree

New associate degree concentration prepares University students to be web administrators

In an effort to give students the tools they need to become certified web ...

University of Phoenix faculty teaching requirements

At University of Phoenix, those who can, teach

Becoming a faculty member at University of Phoenix is tough. Not only must ...

MBA skills

7 essential skills every MBA grad should possess

So you’ve gotten your MBA and are ready to try your luck in the job market. Now ...

How Managing Up Could Improve Your Career

5 things you need to know about managing up

It’s one thing to acquire the skills to manage the people working under you, but ...

Stress puts you in survival mode

5 ways “fight or flight” shapes your decisions

What do a prehistoric caveman and a modern hedge fund manager have in common? ...

Cover letter

7 tips for cover letters

If you want to be a standout in a job search, sending a proper cover letter ...

Halloween safety for kids.

How to stay safe while trick-or-treating

Carving pumpkins, buying candy and finding costumes are often the first things ...

Dean James Ness

Dean James Ness offers a world of law enforcement experience to criminal justice students

For James Ness, PhD, dean of the University of Phoenix College of Criminal ...

Online education tools provide support

7 ways University of Phoenix eCampus supports online students

As a student at University of Phoenix, you have access to a variety of helpful ...

Finishing your degree can pay off

5 reasons to finish your degree

Getting an education while juggling work and family is not easy. Though you ...

An infographic about the University Library

Navigating the digital halls of the library

The University Library, launched in 1995, is an expansive resource for students, ...

Ethical values can affect business decisions

5 workplace ethical dilemmas

Good business practices aren’t just about the bottom line — they’re also about ...

Job skills you learned in college

5 basic skills you learned in college (that can help you get a job)

For every college student or graduate who is worried that you have nothing to ...

Explore our national parks

University of Phoenix partners with national parks

With close to 400 park areas spanning 84 million acres of land in the U.S., our ...

21st-century workers  gain new success skills

What skills will you need to succeed in th