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If you are trying to think of a good New Year’s resolution that you can stick with and will benefit you for a long time then you may want to consider going back to school. Perhaps you are a few credits short of a certification or degree or maybe you want to change your career path. There are many new and exciting fields in the workplace that need talented employees and have wonderful salaries and benefits.

This January we have an opportunity for 30 new students to join the Nursing program. Classes begin January 6, to prepare for a field that greatly needs talented people. Nursing is a fast growing occupation that pays well and is very rewarding in many ways. Our Chicago area nursing school in Bridgeview has advanced labs, including new high-definition mannequins that provide a real-world experience in the classroom. We put graduates to work quickly because they are ready for the real world when they leave here. In fact, 87 percent of our Nursing program graduates go on to pass the NCLEX (1), and 95 percent are currently employed (2).

If you want to make a difference in your life and commit to a fantastic 2014 New Year’s resolution then contact us today and get started on improving your future.


187% of the 2012 NC nursing program graduates who took the NCLEX received a passing score.

2Source: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation.


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If you think the decision to go back to school as an adult to earn your business degree is a risk, you are in good company. According to a report released by Monster Worldwide in conjunction with Millennial Branding, willingness to take risks when it comes to your career increases with age.

The report is an outcome of Monster’s online Workplace Survey completed in November 2012 by a total sample of 2,828 Monster users. The results span across the three main generations of adult workers: baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Gen-Xers (born between the late 1960s and early 1980s), and Gen-Yers, also known as Millennials (born between the late 1980s and early 2000s).

Although stereotypes suggest that the youngest members of the workforce would be the most inclined to takes risks, the survey indicates that 43% of baby boomers and 40% of Gen-Xers describe themselves as willing to take high risks at work compared to 28% of Gen-Yers. Additionally, 63% of baby boomers and 57% of Gen-Xers claim to be extroverted, but only 51% of Gen-Yers make this claim.

The survey also contradicts the belief that notoriously risky start-up companies are geared only towards younger generations, as 45% of baby boomers and of 41% of Gen-Xers consider themselves to be entrepreneurial compared to 32% of Gen-Yers. However, the risk taking of the two older generations when it comes to their careers in business may be considered more calculated rather than reckless, since a greater percentage of baby boomers and Gen-Xers indicate that they are more likely to stay “for the long haul” at their current jobs compared to the Millennials.

As the study suggests, increased age and experience might lead to increased confidence when making not only business decisions, but fostering innovative business ideas. “This survey revealed that the entrepreneurial spirit resides in all of us and across all generations of workers,” said Jeffrey Quinn the Vice President of Global Monster Insights. Whether you are making daring moves at work, starting your own entrepreneurial venture or going back to school to switch your job trajectory altogether, age does not have to a be a barrier preventing you from taking risks with your career.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 43% of college students in the US were over the age of 25 in 2011. It is never too late to take the next step in your career. Start exploring our business career programs in business administration, human resources management, and executive accounting to find out which degree at Northwestern College is right for you.

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Managing a college course load can be tricky because the more freedom you have, the more responsibility you take on with it. This remains the case with online college degree programs. After being used to attending lecture classes in school for years and having a schedule structured for you, it may take a bit of adjusting for some students to get used to this new style of learning. However, with some planning and forethought, students will be ready to take their education completely into their own hands.

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Regardless of whether you are planning to take out loans for college, pay your own way through, or have relatives picking up the bill, it never hurts to have a little extra money around. With the sheer number of scholarships for universities in Chicago that are floating around, there’s no excuse not to apply for them. If it seems intimidating, though, here are some strategies you can use to make the process a little easier on yourself.

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Massage therapists bring stress relief and muscular healing to clients with just a touch. The demand for massage therapists continues to grow, not only for relaxation, but for physical therapy, rehabilitation, pain management, etc. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that employment for massage therapists will increase 20% faster than the average job growth rate between 2010 and 2020. This is not surprising as a greater variety of organizations are starting to hire these specialists. Aside from massage studios and resort spas, private offices, hospitals, fitness centers, dance academies, and even shopping malls now employ individuals with massage therapy training.

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Even before you graduate from your Chicago career training program, you’ll probably start collecting recommendations, making calls to employers, and sending out your cover letters and resumes. You may even land you a few interviews in that time. How you conduct yourself in the interview, though, can make or break a contract.

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Going to business college can be an exciting time. Students just graduating from high school, especially, have a newfound sense of freedom and exploration. However, as the quotation goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Some of these freedoms may distract you from the reason you went to college at all — to get an education! Here are a few pieces of advice that will help students at any level stay focused.