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Once you’ve decided to advance your career by earning a degree or certificate, the next step is to find a job where you can implement your new knowledge and skills. An important tool in your job search should be LinkedIn. According to Bullhorn Technology, 97% of employers report they are using this professional network, so it makes sense that you use it, too.

Before beginning your job search, make sure you profile represents your best professional self with the six do’s and don’t’s of LinkedIn.

  1. DO personalize your profile. Add a professional headshot and give yourself a title. If you’re employed, use it. If you’re a student, say Student at Mount St. Mary’s University.
  2. DON’T post personal updates. LinkedIn isn’t Facebook, which means your personal life doesn’t belong there. Share updates about your professional work or the industry in which you work.
  3. DO list your accomplishments. Note dates and locations, then add some color and interesting details. (DON’T just cut and paste your resume.) Make sure to include information about your education!
  4. DO follow others. Join groups that interest you where you can connect with likeminded professionals. If you know of a company you’d like to work for, follow their company page.
  5. DO link with others. Only link with those who you have a professional relationship with, or who you would like to get to know professionally.
  6. DON’T start linking without thinking. When you send a request, don’t stick with the standard message (“I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn”). Instead, say something more meaningful like, “It was great meeting you at the Mount’s Frederick Campus. Let’s stay connected.”

Once you’ve implemented the above, it’s ready, set, SEARCH! There are several good methods to look for jobs on LinkedIn. You can start by logging in and exploring Student Jobs or Jobs You May Be Interested In. Good luck!

About the Author
Clare Tauriello is the Director of the Career Center. She has a masters of education degree in counselor education from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College. She worked for many years at Penn State Mont Alto as the Career Services Coordinator and as the Division of Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Clare has also worked at Northeastern University and Emerson College in the Boston area and Frederick Community College. She has been interviewed by the Frederick News-Post, the Baltimore Sun and WHAG on a variety of career-related topics.

Cyd MaubertCongratulations, Professor Cyd Maubert! This summer Cyd was named the new director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. Meet Cyd and learn more about the program on October 1. Prospective students are invited to attend the Health & Science Graduate Programs Info Session.

“I am truly excited to help our students reach their academic and professional goals," she says. "Given the tumultuous changes the healthcare industry is experiencing, now more than ever it is important for healthcare professionals to have the knowledge and skills necessary for this growing and competitive field."

The Info Session is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet with faculty and staff. The event takes place between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mount's Frederick Campus.

"The Mount’s MHA program is designed so that working adults can not only earn their MHA within two years, but they also receive their Six Sigma Green Belt Certification without having to take time off from work," Cyd explains.

Cyd has been a lecturer in marketing for the Bolte School of Business for more than a decade. She holds a BS in Business from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Virginia Tech, both degrees focused in the areas of marketing and advertising. Currently Cyd is a PhD candidate at Walden University. Her area of research is on dialogic communication and websites for healthcare organizations. 

Prior to academia, Cyd spent over 20 years in Corporate America. Her positions included: VP Account Director, Initiative Media Advertising Agency; VP of Marketing, Planet Hollywood; VP of Communications, Advertising and Sales Promotion, The Gift Certificate Center; Director Affiliate Marketing, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates; National Advertising Manager, The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant and National Accounts Marketing Manager, for Coca-Cola.

The new Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management will also be represented at the Info Session. Click here to register to attend.


The recent news coverage of family violence involving NFL stars Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson captured the attention of many Americans.  A number of questions  have been raised about the causes and the consequences of these cases, particularly: Why do people assault their loved ones, and what is the appropriate societal response? As a sociologist, director of the undergraduate degree completion program in Human Services, a former Child Protective Services worker in both the U.S. military and the civilian world, husband of 30+ years, and father of four, I have some insights I would like to share.

CAUSES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
There is a substantial body of social scientific research on the causes and correlates of domestic violence. Findings reveal that domestic violence takes a variety of forms, such as:

  • Physical violence: Pushing, punching, choking, slapping.  The level of violence often increases in frequency and intensity over time. 
  • Sexual violence: Unwanted and forced sexual contact ranging from touching to forcible rape.
  • Threats of violence: Intimidation and terrorizing whether the threats are carried out or not. 
  • Emotional/psychological abuse: Humiliation, controlling the victim, isolating the victim from friends and family. 

Whatever the particular form or combination of forms the violence takes, we know from the voluminous research literature that the most important causes include:

  • A history of family violence: Today’s victim is at an increased risk of becoming tomorrow’s perpetrator.  Family violence gets handed down like an heirloom.
  • Substance abuse: Drug and alcohol abuse affect judgment and often lead to aggression.  The abuse of intoxicants should not be viewed as an excuse for violence.
  • Social isolation: Controlling and isolating family members allows abuse to go undetected. 
  • A set of attitudes and beliefs that rationalizes or justifies the abuse: For example, “I wouldn’t hit her if she just did what I told her to do.”  Our behavior typically matches our attitudes.  If you believe violence is acceptable, you are much more likely to engage in it.

At the cultural level, it is not too difficult to connect the dots between widely held American norms and attitudes that objectify women, that communicate to young males that “real men” are aggressive, that problems should be solved by physical force with the private and hidden reality of domestic violence that affects millions of American families across all social class, race/ethnicity, religion, and regional lines.

ADDRESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The most effective way to address domestic violence is to identify the relevant risk factors and then address each of them. While most of the work here must occur at the individual and family level, we should not forget that social and cultural problems require social and cultural solutions.  This means, among other things, that we must address and dismantle the widely held beliefs and attitudes that provide the context for domestic violence. Specific examples include educational programs that teach youngsters that violence is not an acceptable means of resolving family disputes. Also, we need far more in the way of prevention and intervention programs, such as shelters for domestic violence victims and advanced training for police and court personnel.

CLOSING THOUGHTS
I recognize that I’ve barely scratched the surface on this important topic. My hope is that readers take away two key messages from this short piece:

  1. There are multiple causes of family violence. These causal influences  range from the personal characteristics of the abusers to broader social forces.
  2. Family violence, in all its forms, can be reduced. Researchers and clinicians know well what works to reduce the social problem of family violence.   

While we will never reduce family violence to zero, we can reduce it significantly. What we need now, more than anything else, are honest discussions about the nature and extent of family violence, plus the political will to invest in programs and policies that are effective at preventing and, when that fails, responding to family violence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Human Services degree completion program at the Mount’s Frederick campus.  He worked in the social and human services field investigating and treating family violence before he joined the Mount faculty in 1997.

Completing your degree or earning an advanced degree is a long-term commitment to balancing work, life, and now, school by maintaining your momentum in each area. Marriage, money issues, new babies, divorce, job layoff, death, travel, relationship struggles, and aging parents are all real obstacles – good and bad – that can impede the adult learner. Stay on the fast track to success by embracing five tips for balance:

1. Family First – Enjoy important quality time with your kids or spouse. True, you won’t have as much time, but you can make the most of your time by scheduling separate periods for family and coursework.

2. “All Aboard!” – Similar to the first rule, communicate the importance of the goal to complete your degree to your family. Remind them that you need and appreciate their support.

3. Boss Talk – Keep the lines of communication open with your superiors. If they’re in the loop about how your degree will benefit the company, they will be more likely to support you. Don’t forget to ask about tuition reimbursement!

4. Prioritize – Before returning to school, scale back on volunteer work and other nonessential commitments to make time for your coursework in and out of the classroom.

5. Rest and Relax – Prevent burnout by maintaining a regular sleep schedule and a healthy diet. This will prepare you to tackle the new and unique challenges of each day.

How do you maintain work-life balance? Post a comment!

About the Author
Janene Horne has been a student services coordinator at Mount St. Mary’s University since 2005. She guides adult undergraduate students through the degree process, from application to graduation. To set up a meeting with Janene, email horne@msmary.edu or call 301-682-4815.


Debbie Bennett Video

The Mount's July and August marketing campaign featured local business leader Deborah Bennett, 55. Bennett graduated from the Mount's accelerated adult undergraduate program in 2013, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business. Bennett is the first of several alumni to be featured about her success after earning an adult undergraduate degree, graduate degree or certificate at the Mount.

Married for 32 years with two children and a 25-year history in banking, Bennett already had many accomplishments to be proud of. Completing her business degree was an integral part in her promotion to vice president at Sandy Spring Bank.

Click here to read the full student profile.
Click here for a video interview.

Change is never easy and it can be overwhelming when it relates to your career. While day-to-day job duties make for a comfortable routine, "comfortable" can also leave you feeling unfulfilled.

Here are five signs you're ready to make a career change – whether you're seeking a promotion or beginning a new venture.

  1. Your eye is on your inbox. Every time HR sends internal job announcements or LinkedIn distributes an email about jobs you may be interested in, you find yourself intrigued.
  2. Others look to you for advice. If you’ve become a point person, it may mean you’re a candidate for more responsibility at your current organization or that you've been at your organization too long.
  3. You’re taking on more work. This could mean you're ready for a promotion because you're working at a higher level, you have enough free time to adopt new job responsibilities or that your organization is taking advantage of your talents.
  4. You can’t afford not to. If you're living paycheck to paycheck, kicking your career into high gear is an investment of time and/or money that will pay off in the long run.
  5. You begin sentences with “If I’m here next year…” This is a sure indicator that you've mentally checked out of your current responsibilities.

If any of these reasons resonate with you, you're likely ready to make a change! Begin by exploring professional and continuing studies that will give you the knowledge, tools and strategies to take your career to the next level. If you're worried about how you'll manage balancing work, life and school, keep an eye out for the next post on Thursday, September 11.

ELMBA Retreat

Students in the Emerging Leaders MBA program explored Civil War leadership at Antietam National Battlefield on Saturday, August 2. The trip marks the winding down of the intensive one-year graduate program, which prepares students for greater managerial responsibility.

The day was designed around the topic of Leadership Under Pressure. Students spent time with Civil War reenactors, and also explored landmarks like Bloody Lane, where 5,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during four hours of conflict between Union and Confederate troops in 1862. Michael Powell, constitutional historian and professor, guided the class throughout the day.

Click here to view more photos from the leadership retreat.
 

 
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