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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

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

Project Management Careers: Technical Communications

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 14, 2014 7:24:00 AM

Combining a Saint Leo degree in project management with years of experience as a technical communicator positioned a Navy veteran for a big step up in his career.

Saint Leo University alumnus Dan Foster may be a seasoned technical communicator, but the world of project management surrounds him on a daily basis.

In fact, as he found out, the skills he has refined over time in technical communications – leadership, team building, conflict management and negotiation, to name just a few – are the same skills project managers put into practice every day.

“Project management is what we, as technical communicators, do all day long,” he says.

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Topics: Project Management

Accelerated MBA: What’s The Key To Success?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 7, 2014 7:35:00 AM

U.S. Air Force Captain Jason Ross shares how he was able to earn an MBA online in one year.

An MBA can help you improve your earning potential, gain new skills and stand out in a competitive job market. So why not try to complete the coursework as quickly as possible?

It’s true — taking two classes each term can help you earn enough credits for an MBA in as little as one year. But following an accelerated MBA path isn’t for everyone. It takes time management, discipline and a willingness to make sacrifices temporarily to reach your goal.

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Topics: MBA

Why Study Marketing Research And Social Media Analytics?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 5, 2014 7:54:00 AM

The tremendous growth of social media to collect customer and market data is creating exciting, new career opportunities.

Not so long ago, social media was for recreational use only – a way for friends and families to connect and share photos. Today, sites such as Facebook, Twitter and countless others have become legitimate and powerful marketing tools.

To meet industry’s demand for managers with the technological and business skills to address this latest evolution in marketing, Saint Leo University launched an MBA concentration in marketing research and social media analytics.

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Topics: MBA

Starting A Career In Critical Incident Management

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 29, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Rene Ortiz got his first taste of critical incident management while serving in the military. More than 20 years later, he returned to school to earn two degrees to advance in this growing field.

Just turn on your television and you’ll see why emergency management is becoming a growing career field. If it’s not blizzards, flooding or tornadoes in the Midwest on the news, it’s drought and wild fires out West, or hurricanes in the South or East.

“There have always been hurricanes and weather disasters, but in these modern times they are more aggressive and cause more damage,” says Rene Ortiz, a recent graduate of Saint Leo University’s online master’s in critical incident management program.

When natural disasters strike, it is increasingly important for law enforcement, first responders, government officials and aid organizations to understand how to manage those critical incidents, mitigate hazards, identify risks, and provide help to people impacted.

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Topics: Critical Incident Management

5 Reasons To Choose Project Management As A Career

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Looking for a lucrative business career in a growing field? Think project management.

A generous benefactor provides funding for a new wing for a local art museum.

A large company needs to update its expense reporting system and roll it out to employees worldwide.

A targeted malaria immunization program is required in an endemic country.

A rock band wants to launch a revival tour.

In a competitive business environment where there is always more to do than there is time or resources, organizations – for-profit, non-profit, private corporations and government agencies alike – are turning to teams for the agility and flexibility needed to get things done.

Leading these fluid and diverse teams are project managers.

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Topics: MBA, Project Management

What Sets Saint Leo’s Cybersecurity Master's Degree Program Apart?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Here are five features that make Saint Leo’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity different and why they are important to your career success.

If you’re an information technology professional, recent statistics about cybercrime may not surprise you.

Last year, more than $400 billion was spent worldwide on cybersecurity breaches. Forty million Americans had personal information stolen. And 97 percent of small to mid-size businesses were hacked.*

As alarming as those statistics are, according to Saint Leo University’s Dr. Vyas Krishnan, there’s something even more disturbing: these cyber threats are only the tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

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