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6 jobs that call for project management skills

You might not realize it, but even if you don’t have Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, you already may be using project management skills in your current job. And if you decide to become a certified PMP, you likely can apply those skills toward your goal, says Jenny Kirgis, MBA, PMP, a business executive who teaches online project management ...

How to become a CPA

While accounting careers range from clerical positions to chief financial officers, in most states only a certified public accountant may audit financial statements any company releases to the public, says Judy Thomas, MBA, a CPA who teaches in the accounting program at the University of Phoenix® Colorado Campus. “Every type of business can benefit from the ...

How to break into forensic accounting

Forensics aren’t limited to the world of police and TV crime shows. From big financial scandals, like Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, to identity theft to embezzlement, the field of forensic accounting offers plenty of opportunities to detect fraud and help protect the public.

How to discuss difficult subjects with your boss

When it comes to challenging conversations, it might seem like it’s easier to talk to almost anyone other than your boss. But sometimes you must approach your supervisor about a tough subject, such as asking for a raise or requesting time off to handle a personal issue.

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 it to your academic credentials can help push you into a higher income bracket: The median weekly income for people with a master’s degree is $234 higher than for those with a four-year degree, and the unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower, federal statistics show....

8 business email etiquette blunders

You probably use email almost every day at work. It’s quick and convenient, but that means it’s also easy to mismanage. Poor email etiquette can make you look unprofessional, rude or just plain clueless. Here, two communications experts share eight common work email faux pas and how to avoid them:  

5 surprising human resource jobs

There’s more to human resources (HR) than processing paperwork and reviewing resumés, says Sam Sanders, PhD, a certified senior professional in human resources, and campus college chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.

What is an environmentally sustainable business?

Today, an increasing number of companies use the words “green” or “environmentally sustainable” when describing their organizations, goods or services. But what exactly do those words mean?

“An environmentally sustainable business is one that considers the impact ...

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5 ways to work well in a team

“Today’s jobs require teamwork,” says Doug Dribben, JD, a retired U.S. Army major and judge advocate general who teaches general studies courses at the University of Phoenix Maryland Campus. But it can sometimes be a challenge to work well in a group, he acknowledges.

How to get PMP certification

If you have a head for managing corporate projects, getting Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification can bump up your resumé to a whole new level of respectability.

Offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), “PMP certification is the ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...

5 retail careers that might surprise you

The salesclerk asks if you found everything you were looking for, rings you up and places your items in a bag. You nod, take your purchases and leave. If you’ve only been on the consumer end of such transactions, you may think this familiar scenario pretty much defines retail work.

5 IT fields in demand

With advances in information technology changing how businesses operate, growth in the industry means more careers for skilled workers.

“The world is moving toward specialization,” says Yen Hoe Lee, director of IT for a health care company and an online instructor in the University of ...

5 ways working in the cloud is changing business

Working "in the cloud” is making old-school desktop computers, disc drives and bulky servers a thing of the past.

“In cloud computing, the data storage is spread across dozens, hundreds or thousands of servers [on] the Internet,” instead of one local server, ...

You can become a transformational leader

There’s no denying it: The concept of transformational leadership has become hot. Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons praised New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for being a transformational leader in a Huffington Post blog. So what exactly is this trendy way of motivating others?

5 ways to make a good first impression

Whether you’re on a job interview or just meeting another parent from the PTA, the first five minutes you spend with someone can often determine how far that relationship will go, says Nikisha Johnson, an instructor in the communication program at University of Phoenix and a program director for a nonprofit organization....

Secrets to highly effective teamwork

Want to know the secret to creating an effective business team — one that is all about teamwork?

The most effective teams tap into what makes each member unique and what motivates them, according to Cathy Rodgers, a corporate consultant on ...

Best websites for business students

Considering launching a startup someday or running a company? Business professionals need to stay abreast of the latest news in order to be competitive in today’s market. To help you keep up with everything from global innovations to financial developments and even current best practices in career development, check out these five must-see websites:...

How to determine if you have a work spouse

People all over the country have multiple husbands and wives. Not in the polygamy sense, but in the Regis and Kathy Lee sense: you know, work spouses.

Chances are you’ve developed personal relationships at work with a few co-workers, but you may have one who stands out as closer than the rest. In ...

What skills will you need to succeed in the future?

Times have changed for U.S. workers. Companies in the mid-20th century were looking for rule-following, conformist employees who wanted to belong, according to “The Organization Man,” William H. Whyte’s famed examination of 1950s work culture.

5 team-building activities that actually work

While most companies have their employees engage in team-building exercises, finding one that makes a real impact can be tough. Here, our human resources experts share activities that can improve teamwork for the long term: