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Among the shopping sprees and excitement of advancing to the next levels in life, we take a moment to recognize the hard work that our teachers contribute to molding the minds of future generations. As the demand for early childhood educators grows Brandman’s Career Services office explores professional pathways these dedicated individuals may follow.

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How To Build Your Professional Network

One of the common questions I get from students about is, "How do I meet people to network with?" My answer is always the same, "Begin with people you already know!" Networking involves creating a supportive system that allows individuals and groups with common interests to share information and services. Here are a few channels you can use to build, create and strengthen professional contacts and relationships.

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Top Things You Need to Stop Doing Today

As time accelerates our lives to nearly light speed, it can be difficult to manage all of the things we should and should not do, especially with all of the devices at our disposal that keep us connected with our networks around the clock. Here we talk about the top things you need to stop doing now to create a better work-life balance. It involves balancing the scales with your time and technology use. There are some things you may be doing at work that you should stop right now.

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Top Tool to Build Connections with Reputable Companies Nationwide

Job seekers and employers alike understand the value of attaining a higher education, which is why graduation season is the perfect time of year to focus on tool to building connections that count. Whether your next steps as a new alumnus is to continue on to graduate school or to pursue a new job opportunity, networking is an important part of every journey.

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5 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress at Work

By Autumn McClenaghan on Apr 16, 2014

Is work stressing you out? Between the meetings, appointments, deadlines and that flashing red light on your phone - on top of your never ending to do list - it can all be overwhelming. April is National Stress Awareness Month, which means its the perfect time to get started managing and eliminating that extra anxiety at work.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life

Integrating Innovation into Career Planning

By Autumn McClenaghan on Mar 26, 2014

One of the most recent trends in career planning is the integration of innovation as a concrete skill demanded by today’s employers. The word is popping up more frequently in job descriptions and even official titles. In fact, a quick search using the term returns over 1,600 results on Indeed.com and over 5,000 on LinkedIn. But what exactly is innovation and how does it apply to your career search?

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Topics: Career, Student Life

Is a Graduate Degree Right For Me?

By Autumn McClenaghan on Feb 19, 2014

The final days of an undergraduate program often brings reflection and excitement of the future to come. Many start to seriously consider their options for the future and ask, “Do I try to find a job in my field or go directly to graduate school?” Depending on your professional field it may be necessary to pursue an advanced degree. Personal experience is also important during

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Topics: Career, Student Life

Is Your Next Step Graduate School?

By Autumn McClenaghan on May 20, 2013

I had the honor to assist with Brandman University northern and southern commencements the past two weekends. It was an exciting time to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of Brandman graduates. I got asked all sorts of questions during the ceremony preparation, “Which way does my tassel go?”, “Is this on straight?” and “Where do I go?”. That last question was referring to lining up for the ceremony processional for most, but it was a question some have been asking themselves about life.

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Topics: Career

International Careers & Job Search

By Autumn McClenaghan on Apr 22, 2013

I just got back from a trip to the United Kingdom, what an incredible vacation! In addition to the sites, scenery, and history, it was fascinating to talk and meet people from all over the world. Of course after vacation I came back to work with an email inbox hundreds of messages deep. One of the emails I received though was from a recent graduate seeking a position in international business. She shared she loved to travel and wanted to work in a position that would utilize her knowledge and skills from her international business emphasis area.

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Topics: Career

Thinking about changing careers?

By Autumn McClenaghan on Apr 7, 2013

My friend Nicole has been thinking about changing careers to become a nutritionist, and we’ve been talking about it at least once a week for the past few months. In addition to my conversations with her, I’ve also come across the topic of changing careers on group discussion boards and during conversations with my network connections on LinkedIn. It seems like a lot of people are looking for a change these days.

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Topics: Career

Autumn McClenaghan

As the Director of Career Planning and Development at Brandman University, I work with students to help them reach their career goals. I invite you to subscribe and revisit the Brandman Blog to find information and stories about professional development topics such as resume building, job interviews, career planning, social media and more!