By Dorothy York, President and CEO of North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)
For millions of Americans whose career plans have been disrupted or stalled by COVID 19 related business closures, and for many who may be thinking about taking classes or pursuing a degree, there are higher education schools across the country with great career advice. Getting adult education can help with career opportunities, development, advancement, earning more and leading happier, healthier lifestyles.
Thousands of editors nationwide have been helping job seekers and schools by publishing feature news articles with helpful advice from trusted sources. If you have a way to help millions to succeed with education, tell your story.
To help our clients choose formats that are getting the best results, North American Precis Syndicate ranks the top feature news stories of the year by the highest number of placements in media outlets nationwide. We have compiled the results to show the top feature news stories of the decade, those that have performed brilliantly, way above and beyond what is typically expected.
The most successful stories included attractive color photos or infographics, helpful advice from experts, celebrity spokespeople, the latest statistics, results from surveys, trends, time-saving tips, money saving ideas and other helpful information. The stories targeted people across various demographic groups and related to safe, enjoyable and prosperous experiences, protecting the health, and assets, of the readers, their friends and family members.
We are passionate about working on the kinds of stories that help millions of people nationwide with the news that is potentially life saving or can improve the quality of their lives.
To name a few, here are examples of the top career advice stories of the decade from educators. These are from some of the best and brightest communications professionals for some of the most demanding management teams at leading schools:
1- University of Phoenix (series):
“Business Trends/ Survey Finds That Employers, Employees Disagree On The Importance Of Professional Soft Skills”
Results of a survey revealed that employers are looking for workers with skills in management, critical thinking and communication. A standard MBA program in 18 months was offered.
“Nurses Now Do More Than Ever”
Leading-edge graduate, undergraduate, certificate and non degree programs aimed at preparing students to improve the quality of healthcare in their communities were offered.
“How Women Can Become Better Negotiators To Navigate The Workplace”
Results of a survey indicated that men feel more confident at negotiating than women. Tips were offered to help women to improve their negotiating skills.
“Five Reasons To Pursue A Cybersecurity Career”
Compelling stats indicated that one of the highest-paying, fastest-growing and most in-demand fields is understaffed. Tips were offered for pursuing a career in Cybersecurity.
“Five Reasons To Pursue A Professional Doctorate”
Readers were alerted that getting a doctorate degree is more relevant recently for those who are not researchers or college professors. Tips were offered for doing this online, while working.
“Expert Tips For Parents To Help Their Children Declutter Their Digital Brand”
Readers were advised that to get a job, earn an education or build relationships, young people should review and repair their online presence. Tips were offered to improve online identity.
“U. S. Working Adults Want To Change Careers. Take These Steps To Make Your Change A Success”
Survey results revealed what might encourage workers to get additional education to pursue a career change, including online classes, flexible course schedules and fast-track curriculum.
“Change Careers: Answer The Calling To The Classroom”
Survey results revealed one in three K-12 teachers changed careers to join the teaching profession, with 36% of those coming from a business or management background.
“Expert Tips To Help Job Seekers Clean Up Their Social Identity”
Readers were advised that if a job candidate’s social media presence contains unsavory photos, comments or posts, that information can be factored into the hiring decision.
“Encourage The Entrepreneurial Spirit At Work”
Experts advised leaders to empower their employees to act as entrepreneurs within their organization, to spur more innovation. Tips were offered for readers to make big ideas happen.
“Women In The Workplace: What It Takes To Succeed”
Advice was offered to help women to help enhance their careers and overcome barriers to their success, including mastering both hard skills and soft skills.
“Avoiding Common Leadership Mistakes”
Those who were recently promoted to a managerial position, were encouraged to get training to develop the capabilities of all team members to achieve organizational goals and directives.
2- Brandman University: “Going Back To School On Your Company’s Dime”
A Deloitte study revealed that the skills we use at work could have a five year shelf-life and that many firms had found that it pays to invest in re-educating their employees.
3- Drury University: “A New Kind Of Higher Education”
Readers were advised that schools that can best prepare their students for a profession, and a life, are the ones that fuse together new elements inside and outside the classroom in a way students can make their own with small, interactive learning environments and mentors.
4- Lycoming College:
“Entrepreneurship As A Path To Success And Fulfillment”
Readers were advised that college students can learn to run their own businesses while benefiting from a liberal arts education.
“Empowering The Energy Leaders Of The Future”
For those looking to make a difference in the future of the environment, while getting a liberal arts education, readers were alerted about opportunities at the Center for Energy and the Future Program.
5- Boston University: “A Great Way To Tap Into A Hot Job Sector”
Readers were alerted that they may be able to earn a Master in Science and Health Communication degree, online in 18 months.
6- Yale: “Enrich Your Kids Academically Next Summer”
Readers were informed about an enrichment and leadership development program, eligibility requirements and information about how to apply to the Yale Young Global Scholars program.
7- Savanna College of Art and Design: “Picture Yourself In The Film Industry”
For those looking to join the 2 million people in the film industry, advice was given about weekend workshops to help people learn to create TV shows and motion pictures.
8- Walden University:
“Prepare For Your Encore Career”
For those wanting to reinvent themselves, expert advice was given for navigating the winding career path in light of the global economy. For lifelong learners, or those wanting a graduate or post graduate degree, readers were introduced to online opportunities to work in virtual teams.
“Overcoming Workplace Bullying”
Compelling stats indicated that up to 50% of U. S. Employees said they were bullied in the course of their career. Solutions were offered from the Career Counseling Program Director.
9- Kansas City Art Institute: “Drawn To A Great Career”
For those interested in augmenting a fine-arts curriculum with animation, creative writing, digital filmmaking, game design, graphic design, illustration and photography, this school was said to have an 88% placement rate. The skills and competencies that children learn there were said to be relevant to their jobs whether they become artists, teachers, business executives, doctors, lawyers or anything else.
10- Florida Gulf Coast University: “Healthy Spa Industry Revives Interest In Management Courses”
Compelling stats indicated that the spa industry generates $12 billion in revenues each year and that there are over 20,000 spas in the U. S. This school boasted an on-campus spa laboratory where students can learn the skills required for spa management.
11- Bellevue University:
“Starting Your Own Business As An Alternative To The Job Search”
Readers were informed that while being laid off or “downsized” can be a traumatic for anyone, especially in a tight job market, it may also be an opportunity to change a career direction.
“Is There TIme To Go Back To School?”
Readers facing the big decision about possibly going back to school are alerted about how it can pay off in terms of future income and career opportunities.
“Changing Your LIfe — A Journey, Not A Race”
Compelling stats indicated that more than 38 million Americans over the age of 25 have some college credit but no degree and that four-year-college graduates earn 54% more.
“Four Strategies For Surviving And Thriving In An Uncertain Job Market”
For those thinking of taking any job that seems promising at the moment, expert advice was offered to help choose a field of study that will translate into a job in a growth industry.
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