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According to the Cambridge dictionary a career is “a job for which you are trained and in which it is possible to advance during your working life, so that you get greater responsibility and earn more money.” The same source states a job is “the regular work that a person does to earn money.”

Now I pose the question: “Do you want a career or a job?” Perhaps the answer is both! In today’s economy, having a degree is the difference in landing the career that you want. You may need to work a job (or two), as you earn your degree. With your responsibilities, how do you reach your goal of a career where you feel invested and stable?

Online advisors can help you in your career quest! Guidance to career profiles and skills assessments may be the tools you need to focus on your future. There are unique career pathways that will fit your personality and goals.

Getting a reality check on your limitations is also an important part of the process, but shouldn’t be a roadblock.

Check out credit courses and continuing education available in the Minnesota State College and University system! The variety is amazing. If you are able to pick a course to help you jump-start your job, your next step may be to choose a program and help your career aspirations. Now is the time! Give advisors a call at 1-800-456-8519.

Contributed by: Kristi Karels | Online Technologist

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We salute you!

October is Veterans’ Voices Month in Minnesota – an entire month dedicated to honoring Veterans. During this month of celebration, we do take time to remember those who serve.

Veterans, service members and their families are very important to Minnesota Online and we want to serve you all in military-friendly fashion. To do that, we have made available tools, resources and connections chosen especially for you to help with planning and accomplishing your goals:Female soldier in front of US flag

  • Military education benefits:, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program, is an important resource providing information on military education benefits and connecting you with people who can assist you in exploring and applying for your benefits.
  • Online learning opportunities: If you need to fit learning around military, civilian, family or community commitments, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has a mobile learning program that will keep pace.
  • SMART goals resources: The best thing to do to ensure a successful mission in life is to begin with a solid plan. MyMilitary GPS LifePlan has SMART goal resources to help you increase your chance for success.

And don’t miss out on other resources, such as the military to college checklist, MyMilitary online career workshop, counseling services and other Veteran resources.

If you are looking to start a new career or advance your education, there is still time to consider Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for spring 2015! Connect with an online advisor today to learn more about military-friendly programming.

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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