Author: Vicki Simek

Is It Time to Change Jobs?

How will you know when it’s time to change jobs? It’s so easy to become lethargic and miss the signs that your job no longer provides you with challenges that make it exciting to get up in the morning. Albert Schweitzer said: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” In our hearts, we all know this is true. Life is too short to not enjoy going to work each day. Yet, the prospect of a job search, preparing for interviews, and the...

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Cybersecurity Professionals: Modern Day Heroes

Just in the past six months, the term cybersecurity has become a household word in the United States. Related words like hacker, bot, and even ransomware have also made it into the current lexicon. However, none of this learning has come easily to us. In fact, you might say, that most of what we’ve learned has come from very difficult lessons. In the fall of 2016, hackers and bots used emails and fake news to destroy the reputations of political candidates and compromised the U.S. presidential election. In the spring, cyberattacks around the world made all of us want...

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Cyber Security Specialist: Addressing a Workforce Shortage

If you are thinking about a career change in 2017, then you might want to have a look at the rapidly expanding cyber security specialist market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. You would have thought that the massive Target credit card breach back in 2013 would have been a wakeup call for the nation. But it wasn’t. In the year that followed, we saw hacks into UPS, Goodwill, JP Morgan Chase, and Sony, just to name a few. From 2013 through 2016, I personally have had two credit cards...

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#StudentExperience: Ksenia Venevtseva

For this week’s #StudentExperience blog, we sat down and talked with Ksenia Venevtseva, a second year graduate student studying marketing intelligence at Towson University. For the past two semesters, she has been providing digital marketing support for the Center for Professional Studies (CPS). Here’s what she had to say about her experience. Ksenia began working with the Center for Professional studies through a project for a marketing class (MKTG 781 Interactive Marketing Project). She evaluated CPS’s digital marketing strategy and made justified recommendations for the website, blog, SEO (search engine optimization), and social media outlets. She also set measurable...

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Center for Professional Studies to Host Information Sessions

Even though it doesn’t feel like it will ever cool off, fall is just around the corner. When I think of fall, I always think of new beginnings in education. And here at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, we have some great new programs that can be your new beginning too. To kick off the new fall season of programming, we will hold two information sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 PM and Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 AM. Here are six really good reasons why you would want to take time...

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Personal Trainer Certification Course To Launch This Fall

Each day, Americans are inspired to live healthier, more active lifestyles. 55.3 million people belong to at least one of the 36,180 health clubs located in the United States. And, according to economists, the number of jobs within the fitness industry are expected to grow by 23.2 percent through 2023. Personal trainer jobs are driving that increase. To address this workforce trend, Towson University Center for Professional Studies has added a Personal Trainer Certification course to their fall course catalog. Why A Personal Trainer Certification Course? Besides the expected job growth, what are the benefits of becoming a certified...

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Top Seven Professional Certifications

As associate director for continuing education at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, I get a lot of questions about professional certifications. Professional certifications vary, of course, by industry, but in general, they are a short yet deep dive into a specific subject. Most often, they combine a classroom experience with applied learning, followed by an exam to earn an industry recognized credential. The best ones enable you to put letters after your name and most have eligibility requirements to which you must adhere. So this may impress your friends and relatives but what about employers? More Than A...

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Six Reasons to Consider a Career in Medical Coding

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. One career that is forecast to grow at a rate of 15% a year for the next 10 years is medical coding. But did you know that Maryland ranks as one of the top paying states for medical coders with an hourly wage of $21.96 and an annual wage of $45,670? More than that, the Baltimore-Towson area ranks among the highest employment levels in the US. A Career in Medical Coding Medical coders work with confidential patient information....

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Continuing Education Information Session: Top Six Reasons to Attend

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. As the new associate director of continuing education, I would like to invite you to an information session on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 AM. My team and I will be on hand to talk about our programs and how they can help jump-start your career. So the free coffee and doughnuts aren’t enough to convince you? Well, off the top of my head, I can think of six really good reasons why you would want to take...

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