University of Phoenix understands that the benefits of a college education lie not only in classroom learning but also in the connections made with peers and mentors who provide networking and career advice long after graduation. The University is proud to celebrate National Career Development Month this November by highlighting the many ways it is helping to create invaluable career networks for its students and alumni.
For a national study of career optimism, published in February 2021, University of Phoenix surveyed some 5,000 U.S. adults to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their work lives and their overall outlook concerning future career prospects. Findings revealed disruption and uncertainty. Thirty-four percent of Americans felt their careers went off course due to the pandemic, and 43 percent reported living paycheck to paycheck (particularly Millenials and Gen Z).
Despite these challenges, the overall career perspective of most Americans remained positive. Some 78 percent reported that they were hopeful about the future of their careers, and 63 percent were optimistic about the job opportunities available to them. That said, many of those surveyed were not clear on how to advance in their careers. More than a quarter of respondents said they did not have access to the right tools to achieve their goals and could use a professional advocate.
For University of Phoenix students, networking begins during the college experience and helps to provide job insights and connections that can contribute to later career opportunities. A key part of this effort are Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) designed to help students build personal and professional relationships, develop leadership and organizational skills and expand their networks. There are 14 RSOs available including Pi Lamda Theta Honor Society, the National Student Nurses’ Association, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key International Honor Society, among others.
Jelisa Dallas, MS Ed., program manager for RSOs in the Office of Educational Equity, said that “RSOs help promote student leadership development, community engagement and service, professional development, financial literacy and scholarship and interpersonal skill development through membership engagement. The RSO program seeks to provide a sense of belonging and support for University of Phoenix students from all walks of life as they balance academic, professional, familial and personal responsibilities.”
RSOs are just one of the array of resources provided as part of the University’s Career Services for Life® commitment. For no added cost, University of Phoenix students and graduates receive access to numerous tools and networks that can help them in their chosen field. This includes one-on-one coaching, resume reviews and interview preparation. The PhoenixLink® career portal provides resume and cover letter templates. Students can also access insight into different career options that can help them explore options further with career-relevant content and videos.
University of Phoenix understands that careers are built on relationships. Their support services place a heavy emphasis on connecting students and graduates with academic counselors and career advisors who can assist with career transitions, job searches, developing a personal brand, and interviewing and salary negotiations. The University also provides a Career Interest Assessment tool that can help potential students decide which career paths best align with their interests and strengths and the degree programs that can help them get there. The tool also provides a list of the top 10 careers aligned with University of Phoenix degree programs based on student interests like information security analysts, nurse practitioners and software developers.
University of Phoenix is committed to helping enhance the educational and career goals of adult and nontraditional learners by supporting students as they navigate the fields that best suit their interests. The University’s degree programs are aligned with numerous in-demand career paths including in computer software, nursing, and business. All programs provide flexible start dates, online classes and numerous scholarship opportunities to make it possible for anyone to earn the degree they desire.
In addition, Career Services for Life® commitment provides students and alumni with resources to help them be competitive in the workforce for no additional charge. These services include resume and interview support, career guidance, education and networking opportunities. In addition, numerous Recognized Student Organizations provide University of Phoenix students and alumni with lifelong connections that can help them network and advance in their career path. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.