5 Habits of Successful Professionals

by Argosy University 10 June 2014

success secretsWhen it comes to getting ahead, the keys to success are often found in the details. Whether you're in the midst of a job search or currently climbing the ladder, it's crucial to maintain certain habits that will foster professional growth.

1. Know Your Strengths... and Weaknesses

Whatever your strengths, go beyond merely talking them up in the interview process. If you love giving presentations, for instance, offer to do them whenever an opportunity arises. If no such opportunities occur, speak with your employer about this underutilized skill set, or seek out classes on public speaking. You'll only get better with experience, and you'll develop an impressive resume. Don't fear weak areas, either. Instead, welcome them as a launching pad for personal development. Learn the difference, however, between a challenge that can produce personal growth and a project that just isn't an appropriate fit, as this will help you focus on the right priorities.

2. Find Your Motivation

One of the most untapped resources for professional (and personal) success lies within each person's motivation style. What inspires you to achieve a goal? For some people, it's encouragement. For others, simply understanding how your work helps the business goals can serve as excellent motivation. Sometimes being told that you can't do something is all you need to prove everyone wrong. Whatever your style, identify it and use it to your advantage.

3. Practice Self-care

Getting ahead isn't easy, and the path to success is not just paved with ambition. Stress is simply a part of life. For your own sanity, make sure to tend to what makes you happy, and reward yourself for your accomplishments. Carve out time for what you love, and put it down on your calendar. Force yourself to commit to your own happiness just as you would a work obligation.

4. Get Organized

A cluttered work space is a surefire path to cluttered work. Take the proper steps to keep yourself — and your desk — neat and tidy, even if that means taking extra time at the end of the day to tie up loose ends. One of the most efficient ways to ensure that you stay organized is to come up with a system that works for you. How do you like to have things arranged? What time of day is best for you to organize your files? Develop an individualized system for best results.

5. Work Hard

Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work." Any goal worth setting is bound to require some hard work and dedication; never be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get down to it.

From Furry Friend to Professional Assistant: The Role of Animals in Healthcare & Therapy

by Argosy University 5 June 2014

Animals can be more than your best friend. They also can be a valuable resource in helping therapists and counselors work with their patients. Animal assisted therapy, or AAT for short, is a therapy method that allows the patient to interact with an animal, whether it is a dog, cat, horse or even a dolphin, to derive some psychological benefit.

Major Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy has shown major emotional benefits in patients in all situations, from the mental health ward to children's therapy. The animals reduce stress, help the therapist appear less threatening, alleviate anxiety levels, and provide external motivation factors. Animals can often break through barriers that therapists wouldn't be able to on their own, especially with patients who have trouble communicating or are entirely nonverbal.

Animal assisted therapy is used throughout the counseling world, but here are a few significant environments where you might see these animals at work:

• Nursing homes
• Psychiatric wards
• Hospitals
• Group homes
• Prisons

Types of Animals Used in Animal Assisted Therapy

You may immediately assume that it's only dogs used in animal assisted therapy, but in reality there are a number of animals that help foster a sense of compassion, empathy or connection in patients. In addition to dogs, other highly intelligent mammals such as dolphins and horses are often found used in AAT techniques. Even smaller animals such as hamsters, rats and mice make an appearance from time to time.

Animal Assisted Therapy Certification

Even if you're an animal lover and already working in the healthcare or counseling field, you won't be able to start bringing your favorite pet dog into work right away. However, there are many ways to become certified to perform animal assisted therapy. Pet Partners is one organization that issues the certification through a course that requires you to go through an online component that teaches you how to handle your animal in a therapy situation.

These types of trainings typically include learning the body language of the patients to see if they are reacting favorably to the animals. The animal also usually goes through a health screening process and has to get the nod from a veterinarian. Finally, you and your animal may go through an exam that tests how you handle your animal, how the animal handles patients, and other important skill sets.

Resources

http://www.americanhumane.org/interaction/programs/animal-assisted-therapy/
http://www.petpartners.org/about

An Inside Look at the Argosy University Career Resources

by Argosy University 1 June 2014

Kat KrullAre you aware of all the ways Argosy University can help you prepare for your career? Last week, we interviewed Kat Krull, National Director of Career Services for Argosy University, who oversees the Career Services department for Argosy University, Online Programs and the majority of our campus locations.

Kat told us all about the newest resource for students—the Career Platform—as well as everything else we offer that can be instrumental in helping you build the career you want!

AU: Tell us how the Career Platform will be beneficial to students.

KK: The Career Platform is an exceptional resource that helps students build the necessary skills and utilize the appropriate tools to successfully prepare for their career. Its multiple functions allow students to explore their passion and discover their purpose, search and apply for relevant job openings, and properly manage their job search.

After using the Career Platform, students can feel more confident that they are prepared to navigate the job search and succeed in their career.

AU: What other resources are available?

KK: In addition to the Career Platform, there are 6 other Career Resources located in the Campus Common on the Career Resources page. These tools can assist students with various facets of their job search.

The Career Assistant and Career Research Guide are 2 resources that assist students with career exploration and planning. The Resume Center helps students build their online and physical resume. Interview Practice helps students hone their interview skills. The Job Search Guide allows students to look for jobs, local companies, and contacts for networking purposes, and helps them to organize and manage their job search. Finally, our LinkedIn Group, Argosy University’s Worldwide Professionals Network, allows students to network with one another, share and receive professional insights, and stay connected with their university.

AU: How does someone access Career Platform?

KK: Students can access the Career Platform by

1. Logging into the Campus Common (https://mycampus.argosy.edu)
2. Clicking on the “Student Services” tab at the top right-hand side of the Home page
3. Selecting “Career Resources” from the drop-down menu
4. Clicking on “Access The Career Platform” on the Career Resources page

The rest of our Career Resources are also available on this same page in the Campus Common!

AU: When should a student start using our Career Resources?

KK: Students should start exploring the Career Resources when they first receive access to their Campus Common. It is never too early to start preparing for career success.

AU: Say a student has no clue where to start preparing for a career change. What’s your advice for that person?

KK: I’d recommend starting with the Career Platform, as it will help them discover their unique strengths. Once these are determined, they can then start exploring careers that would be most fitting for them within the Career Platform. Moreover, the Career Research Guide and Career Assistant provide students with insider information on various companies, industries, and specific jobs to assist them in their career exploration and planning.

AU: What do we offer for the student who is happily employed?

KK: There are many benefits for those who are happily employed or are simply looking to move up in their current organization.

First, I recommend that ALL students and alumni join Argosy University’s LinkedIn group to ensure that they are staying connected with Argosy University’s vast network of current and former students. Members are able to ask career-related questions, and other members can respond and share their unique experiences and insights. These questions can be helpful for those who are at any stage in their career.

Also, exploring and using these Career Resources will ensure that students are staying current with the most recent job search trends. Therefore, students can then feel confident in the case that they unexpectedly have to seek new employment, or are ready to move up in their career.

AU: Can alumni still use our Career Resources?

KK: Absolutely! These Career Resources will always remain available to alumni in their Campus Common.

Recognizing the Power of Visualization

by Argosy University 29 May 2014

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful therapeutic tool that helps patients to focus on specific mental images and trains of thought. It is intended to help improve their lives by working through trauma, visualizing future success, changing ingrained and toxic thought processes, and motivational issues.

Psychology research has shown that strong visualizations actually activate the same brain areas that doing a particular task requires, making visualization an effective tool in many forms of training and therapy.

How Visualization Works

The mind is a powerful tool in psychology, and using this tool to eliminate or reduce toxic and negative thought processes is a significant step towards improving patient health. When positive images replace the negative images in a patient's mind, it helps to create positive thought processes that occur on a consistent basis. It takes time to move away from the original thoughts that the patient has, but with enough repetition these thoughts take root and help your patient become happier overall.

Visualization also helps patients who have motivational issues or are overwhelmed by all of the steps leading up to their end goal. Instead of focusing on the entirety of the steps they must take, the patient focuses on the end goal, and visualizes how they will feel once they accomplish this goal. From there, you can help them visualize succeeding at each step of the task to make it feel as though they have already accomplished it. Over time, the patient's brain will realize that they are capable of succeeding and start avoiding any negativity.

Who Can Benefit from Visualization

Visualization is a versatile tool that can be used across the therapy board, but there are a few areas where it is particularly well received by patients. Patients with phobias of various types use visualization as a way to safely meet the fear in a controlled manner, helping with the desensitization process. Depression is another area that allows patients to focus on positive thought patterns to try to break the cycle of negativity that depression brings. In sport-exercise therapy, athletes focusing on visualizing their successes and overcoming obstacles along the way, as part of their efforts to optimize their performance in upcoming competitions.

While visualization can stand on its own as a therapy technique, it is often combined with other treatment options such as multimodal therapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive processing therapy.

Resources

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization
http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Guided-imagery-therapy.html
http://psychotherapy-vancouver.com/guided-visualization/

Expanded tutoring services available in the classroom

by Argosy University 27 May 2014

Did you know that, as an Argosy University student, you can get on-demand tutoring in the online classroom whenever you need it? No matter the time or day, simply click the Tutor link in the top navigation of your classroom or the HELP button on the assignment page. If you need assistance with the APA writing style or with software such as Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint, you can also access tutorials straight from your Campus Common.

Help Button in the Classroom

This May, we added another exciting feature to the online classroom—direct access to lynda.com—so that you have the full support you need to learn software skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

Lynda.com offers on-demand video tutorials and training sessions, including over 2,400 courses taught by industry experts, with more added every week. Now, with just one click, you have unlimited access to an online library of high-quality instructional videos. Among the thousands of videos available, you can find engaging tutorials that allow you to review basic concepts, expand on course materials, or supplement your existing skills. With lynda.com, not only can you gain a better understanding of a diverse range of subjects, but you can also stay current with the latest technology trends and software.

Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. To access these tutoring services and others from any assignment page, click on the “Need Help” icon. This will open a new window or tab where you can access lynda.com, live tutoring services, our writing center and a variety of help tutorials. Select the lynda.com link from this page for instant access to their vast tutorial library.

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If you have any questions about our tutoring or academic services, feel free to reach out to your Academic Counselor at any time! To learn more about Argosy University, contact us at 1-866-4ARGOSY or request more information online.