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The Value Of A Graduate Degree In Law Enforcement

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 21, 2014 7:49:00 AM

Eileen Powell is Florida Highway Patrol’s first female troop commander in North Florida. Earning a graduate degree helped prepare her for the position.

For Eileen Powell, the decision to pursue a master's of business administration (MBA) online was not just a professional determination to diversify her skills and increase her employability – it was a highly personal one.

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Topics: MBA, Criminal Justice

Ethical Hacking: Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 16, 2014 7:07:00 AM

Legal hackers possess high morals and intricate knowledge of computer systems.

Imagine a job where your singular focus is hacking into your employer’s network.

Imagine getting paid handsomely to do it.

Now more than ever, governments, private companies, health care organizations, intelligence agencies and financial institutions are turning to ethical hackers to assess vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Project Management Careers: Improving Life Aboard Ship

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 14, 2014 8:25:00 AM

Project management student says curriculum reflects real-world business environment – and has helped her advance in the marine engineering industry.

Penny Sweda has always liked to plan and schedule, as well as work with people, both in her personal and work life.

Today, Sweda not only uses those skills in the marine engineering industry to coordinate renovations of sailors’ quarters on U.S. Navy ships, she’s enhancing them by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in project management program at Saint Leo.

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Topics: Project Management

For The Best Cybersecurity Jobs, Don’t Overlook Certification

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 9, 2014 7:56:00 AM

Adding certifications to your online cybersecurity degree could put you at the top of the candidate pool.

When it comes to the information security field, there’s no denying job opportunities abound. But landing a top-notch cybersecurity position often requires more than experience and a college degree.

According to a 2014 Burning Glass report, 51 percent of all cybersecurity job postings request at least one security-related certification. That’s a steep jump compared with IT positions, where only 14 percent of postings request a certification of any kind.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Why Cybersecurity And A Cybersecurity Degree Matter [Video]

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 2, 2014 7:31:00 AM

To kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Saint Leo Chief Information Officer Steven Carroll shares some thoughts about cybersecurity and where a cybersecurity degree can lead.

When it comes to cyber risks, no individual, industry, organization or country is immune.

While a national power grid or global financial institution breach could be devastating, think about just your home computer and the amount of sensitive information you have stored on it – income tax files, investment information, and health records – and what it could mean to you, personally, if it were hacked.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Your Career In Cybersecurity

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 30, 2014 7:54:00 AM

What’s ahead for graduates with a master’s degree in cybersecurity? Check out Saint Leo’s new e-book.

“Thwart operations that incite violent attacks, advance crime, target national security, aid terrorism, and beyond."

Sounds like a job for Daniel Craig in Hollywood’s next sophisticated spy film, doesn't it?

Actually, it’s from the FBI’s cyber careers website.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

12 Websites Every Marketing Student Should Know

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Looking to expand your marketing knowledge and stay current with what’s happening in the industry? Here are 12 websites you can bookmark.

The marketing potential of wearable technology like Google Glass. The content marketing explosion. The future of text message and mobile analytics. The rise of “social TV.”

Trends and technologies in the marketing industry change and evolve constantly. How do you, as a student in an online business degree program, stay up-to-date on the latest news, research and emerging fields, so that you can be prepared for the next career opportunity?

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Topics: Marketing

Project Management Is First-Generation College Grad’s Passion

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 18, 2014 7:47:00 AM

Father of three becomes first in his family to earn a college degree, moving closer to his dream job in project management.

Duon Martin never thought he’d go to college.

That’s because in the small town of Salem where he grew up in southern New Jersey, no one went to college.

We were never taught the things that really matter in life like education,” Martin says.

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Topics: Project Management

Critical Incident Management: A Career With Impact

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 11, 2014 8:10:00 AM

What do community celebrations, rock concerts, Major League Baseball games, and hurricanes have in common? They are all events that require critical incident management expertise.

Critical incident managers think about the things that the average person does not.

Before any big event occurs, local law enforcement, along with other government agencies, has spent weeks, if not months, preparing for the show to go on.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

4 Steps To Finding A Sports Management Internship

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 9, 2014 7:40:00 AM

Do internships turn into permanent positions? Sometimes. But even if they don’t, the experience is invaluable.

Sports management is a highly competitive field, but it’s not impossible to get the job or internship of your dreams working for a pro sports team, college athletic program, or other sport business organization.

“It’s about building your networks, about having an academic foundation in the sport industry, and about getting experience. If you have those three things, you should be able to break into this industry and be very successful,” says Dr. Eric Schwarz, chair and professor of sport business at Saint Leo University. 

Internships are just as important for sport business graduate students who come from other industries as they are for undergraduates, Schwarz adds. Follow these steps to land an internship.

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Topics: MBA, Sport Business

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