Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

So, you’re back in college after several years.

This new experience may seem a bit daunting. Reviewing the course requirements and various assignments at the start of the semester can feel overwhelming and, just maybe, some of these unsettling fears are beginning to cloud your focus.

What if I’m not ready to return to college?

What if I’m not “smart” enough?

What if I can’t handle the pressure?

I’m not a “math” person – how will I pass a college-level math course?

What if I… fail?

 Take a deep breath and think, what if you do well?

What if I approach this challenge as an opportunity for learning and growth?

What if I make a decision right now that sets my mind up for success?

How would you feel if I told you there is a secret to building your confidence and ensuring that you will succeed in your college journey?

Topics: Student Success

Data Breaches on Financial Institutions Are Up. What Does This Mean for Cybersecurity Professionals?

When asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, infamous bank robber Willie Sutton reportedly replied, “because that is where the money is.”

Though bank robbing tactics may have drastically changed in today’s digital age, Sutton’s logic is still very much alive today; hackers around the globe are increasingly ramping up their cyberattacks on banking and financial institutions. In fact, SWIFT, the global financial messaging system, recently announced a series of new hacking attacks since a high-profile heist in Bangladesh last year netted cyber thieves $80 million. Experts have suggested the attackers exploited the Bangladesh central bank’s lax banking procedures and weak security system, and, in an effort to counter such attacks, SWIFT has begun pressuring member institutions to install the latest version of its security software. It remains to be seen if banks will comply with such procedures - no doubt, at the consumers’ expense.

Topics: Cybersecurity

How the CLT is Helping Teach Students About NJ Lawmaking


At the Thomas Edison State University Center for Learning and Technology (CLT), we continuously look for opportunities to collaborate with people and organizations outside our building. And once and awhile, opportunities arise that are outside our entire institution.

So when the Office of Legislative Services at the New Jersey State House needed help producing a guided tour video that could be used by schools during the long-term building renovations, we jumped at the chance to help out. However, that idea blossomed into something more. And that’s where I came in.

Topics: Taking Courses

6 Tips to Being a Career Networking Star

How many times have you heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?”

I’ve seen that time and time again, especially when it comes to career networking.

One of the most important things you can do professionally is to network. Whether in-person or online, creating positive relationships in both arenas can pay off as you grow through your career.

But networking can be hard. And awkward. And overwhelming.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to make these events less uncomfortable and more successful. Here are 6 helpful tips to navigate any networking event like a star.

Topics: Career Development

5 Signs You Might Need a One-On-One With Your Mentor (And How To Do It Online)

If you ever needed to have a one-on-one meeting with your instructor in a traditional classroom, you probably came to class early, stayed for a few minutes after or consulted with him or her during office hours.

But how do you do that when you’re earning your degree online, short of hopping on a plane, renting a car and showing up at your mentor’s house? (Side note: Don’t do that.)

The truth is, you can chat with your mentor in your online course just as you would in a traditional setting. Through your course’s Private Student-Mentor Forum, you can correspond privately with your mentor or set up a convenient time for a phone call. No searching for an email address or worrying if a spam filter blocked your message.

Topics: Student Success

8 Interview Tips for Active-Duty Service Members Transitioning to Civilian Life


In 2016, more than 180,000 active-duty personnel and officers separated from their respective branches of service. For some it was due to an expiration of term of service (ETS) and early release or retirement. For others, it could have been due to disability or other type of separation.

Whatever the reason, transitioning from active duty to civilian life can be a difficult experience. Add the pressure to find a new job, and the transition can become a burdensome challenge. This is especially true when it comes to the interview process.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career Development

Why Adult Learners Tend To Make Better College Students


Am I too old for this?

This is something many adult learners ask themselves. So chances are, you have asked yourself this very question, too. It’s an understandable thought because going back to college as an adult can be intimidating.  

Sure, maybe it has been awhile since you’ve written a paper or taken a test. Or, you are wondering how you will fit your course work in with all your other commitments.

However, as an adult, there are things that make you a far better student today than you would have been 10, 20 or 30 years ago. In fact, you may have more of an advantage as a mature, self-directed adult than you did as a fresh-faced high school graduate. 

So instead of wondering if you’re too old to go back to college, consider that now might be the best time ever for you. Here’s why.

Topics: Student Success

How I Graduated College By Only Taking One Class

(Spoiler: That doesn’t mean I didn’t study like mad.)

In December 2015, I’d had enough.

I’m a writer, but most months my writing doesn’t pay the bills. I live in Southeast Asia and, for years, my day job has been teaching English, phonics and reading. When I first came to this part of the world, a college degree wasn’t necessary to get a decent job – what was important was native English-speaking ability, experience, professionalism and training.

Things changed. While many employers were willing to hire me, they couldn’t, because laws had been put into place making it difficult or impossible to obtain a work permit for a prospective employee who did not have a bachelor’s degree.

Rather than work “under the table” (illegally), I decided I was going to finally – somehow – get my degree.

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College

The Accounting Skills You Are Not Learning In College

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

I entered the field of accounting and finance by accident.

I was working as a manager in a fast-food restaurant when the office manager quit and the owner said he would like me to interview for the position. Naturally, I was interested, but I had gone to vocational school for computer programming and never learned the basics of accounting (debits and credits). Later, I realized that when the owner said “office manager,” he really meant “bookkeeper” and “administrator,” however, he did teach me basic accounting skills. I also took introductory financial accounting classes at my local community college, and I became an excellent bookkeeper.

Today, I work for a nonprofit agency in New York as an accounting manager. While I credit that initial opportunity, my accounting course work and my degree for getting me where I am today, there is a skillset that is often overlooked by most college students, yet was critical to my accounting career: a good understanding of computer applications in general.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs

How to Build a Powerful Online Persona on Social Media

Did you know that according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey, more than 44 percent of employers reported hiring a job candidate because of the content found on a social networking site?

The survey also found that employers who hired candidates based upon their online persona did so because the candidate demonstrated their professional qualifications (38 percent), great communication skills (37 percent), professional image (36 percent) and creativity (35 percent). However, that doesn’t mean you should hide or delete your social profiles; in fact, CareerBuilder also determined that 57 percent of employers are less likely to contact a candidate for an interview who is MIA online.

Topics: Careers