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.

Tutoring Screenshot

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.

6 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Presentation Skills

by Argosy University 15 May 2014

Presentation SkillsGiving a presentation can be tough. Whether it's in a company meeting room, a university classroom, or at a professional conference, getting up in front of people to talk about any topic is harrowing at best. Sometimes there is a podium or desk to stand behind, but that doesn't stop the fact that all eyes in the room are focused on you.

However, presentations don't have to be frightening or even difficult with the proper tools. Many speakers have trusted methods to control their anxiety and dread associated with public speaking. With the right preparation and presentation, it's possible to leave the room feeling empowered after your presentation. Here are a few tips to get ready for your speaking assignment:

1. Understand the Audience

Most presentations are delivered in front of an audience of peers, but there are times when the audience could be older or of a different socioeconomic stature. Depending on your audience, you should cater your language and topic focus to get your idea across properly. Understanding the audience and what they would like in a presentation is the most important step toward a successful speech.

2. Research Thoroughly

Knowing the topic at hand is essential for confidence in an informative presentation. The research is also important to keep the conversation going after the presentation; the ability to answer questions on the topic is likely to improve your audience's opinion of you and your speech. Anyone delivering information on a topic should strive to become an authority in that field.

3. Use Documentation

While it may not seem important in a presentation, documenting sources is always essential. The documentation can be mentioned in the presentation simply by prefacing statements with, "According to...." Additionally, having a list of documented resources to hand out afterwards is sometimes a requirement.

4. Write It Out

Never try to wing it or go off the cuff. If you can memorize the speech, that's fine -- but make sure all points are backed up with facts. Some presenters will use full sheets of paper while others prefer index cards. The medium for the speech will depend upon the presenter's confidence and the type of presentation to be delivered.

5. Rehearse

Whether rehearsal is done alone or in the presence of a few friends, it needs to be done. Go over the speech out loud to find any flaws. Look for places where you might trip or slow down and fix those areas. One of the most common mistakes in presentations is an overload of information -- students tend to add all the information to a speech to avoid missing points, then get lost in the words during the presentation.

6. Dress Up

Depending on the situation, you may not need to dig your full suit out of the back of your closet, but do make sure your appearance is clean and groomed. Nothing is more nerve-wracking than finding a stain on your shirt right before the presentation. Being comfortable with your appearance will help boost confidence when you get in front of the room.

Mental Health: Signs of Trouble and How to Get Help

by Argosy University 9 May 2014

Mental Health Month

Mental health remains one of the most under-reported, and therefore under-treated, matters related to health care in America. Several factors contribute to the failure in dealing effectively with mental health challenges, including an enduring stigma that causes a wide array of disorders to go largely undiagnosed. The challenge in getting the proper treatment to those suffering from mental illness involves removing or reducing the stigma and providing avenues for those afflicted to seek help.

To begin addressing the problem, the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders should be well-defined and the public must be educated--one of the primary goals of Mental Health Month. As a concerned friend, family or community member, learning how to identify mental health issues and understanding the resources available in these situations is key.

Warning Signs for Mental Illness

The signs of mental illness are varied and depend upon the type of disorder present. Though final diagnosis should always be left to trained and experienced mental health care practitioners, these general signs of the most common forms of mental health disorders can reveal a problem in time for sufferers to seek the assistance they need:

• Sudden and pronounced withdrawal from friends, family, and a normal daily routine
• Prolonged periods of feeling down
• Severe mood swings
• Extreme changes in eating and sleeping habits
• Severe fluctuations in body weight, sex drive, and/or alcohol consumption
• A demonstrated and sudden inability to deal with daily life and routine

Determining the severity of symptoms is difficult. One of the most telling signs that mental illness is an issue might involve the visibility of several symptoms at once. A person who feels down could merely be having a tough time dealing with a life-changing event. However, a sudden sour mood coupled with an inability to concentrate and unexplained weight gain is one example of a series of symptoms that might be cause for alarm.

Getting Help

Getting a person that you suspect suffers from a mental health issue to seek help is a delicate endeavor. The aforementioned stigma plaguing the situation might cause the person you intend to counsel to recoil at your inquiries or attempts to assist. Conveying the changes you see in them by contrasting their current behavior with what you’ve known to be normal can aid the individual in realizing he/she may not be aware of the drastic nature of his/her symptoms.

While approaching the topic of a potential mental health disorder can be tricky, one helpful path includes reaffirming your support and offering to assist in seeking professional help. This can be especially helpful if family or group therapy is recommended, as you can be close for support during the sessions.

You might also point out that the afflicted person should see his/her family doctor first; it can put the person at ease knowing he/she will meet with someone familiar. The regular family doctor is a great starting point for getting help, and he/she will refer the patient to additional help if needed.

Read More

www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/friends-family-members/index.html
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/symptoms/con-20033813
www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/more-topics/warning-signs-of-mental-illness