Throughout the years I have worked with thousands of clients and students on developing careers that are meaningful, rewarding, and unique. One of the constants I have seen over and over in those that are most successful in their career development is the ability to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that helps test a goal to make it more concrete and actionable.
M – Measurable. Goals need to be quantifiable so that you can see when you hit your target and celebrate your success!
A – Achievable. Ask yourself if the goal you are considering is within reach based on your current situation. Sometimes you will need to set goals that are small enough to get you to bigger goals you have for your future.
R – Realistic. Do you have the time, talent, and commitment it takes to reach your goal?
T – Time Framed. Is your goal something you can note on your calendar? If not, you may find a lack of motivation to get started achieving it.
By creating goals you can have a tremendous impact on where your career can take you. Whether you define career success as a corner office or the flexibility to spend time with your kids, goals help you figure out what you need to do to get there. Assess your goals regularly to make sure they are aligned with your longer-term objectives. And test them against this SMART formula to start taking steps towards your career success today!
~Jennifer Youngblood, Faculty Co-op Coordinator
The expression “flipped classroom” is becoming a popular topic around education circles. A flipped classroom in a traditional school is one where students listen to lectures and learn content outside of the classroom (at home via technology) and then use actual class time for involvement with the teacher, working on problems, interacting in discussion with each other, or completing labs. Essentially what happens in a flipped classroom is that traditional teaching methods are moved to delivering instruction online and “homework” or activities are moved into the classroom when students and teachers come together. This is a “flipped” or inverted model to what traditional education has been which is lecture based during class time.
The hybrid concept at Northeastern – Seattle is a graduate level model of the “flipped classroom.” Students learn much of the content of a course on-line that was traditionally lecture driven in a classroom. Students and the instructor meet on-ground in the hybrid model a few times a semester to work through problems, be involved in experiential exercises, and have group discussion that may be better face to face than on-line.
A benefit of the flipped classroom which includes on-line learning in a hybrid context is that students are able to watch content multiple times before meeting together on-ground. This makes their time face to face more meaningful because the time can be used to maximize their learning.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic
Did you miss the beginning of Northeastern’s State of the University address? The Seattle Campus was featured. Check out the video below!
Conversation will be led by Daniel Feinberg, Director of Northeastern University’s Health Informatics Graduate Program. The MS in Health informatics degree draws on the expertise of both the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
Help celebrate the launch of our new MS Biotechnology degree. Remarks will be by Northeastern’s Dr. Jim Leung, Academic Director of Biotechnology programs, and by the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA).
☐ Tue, Nov 11, 5:30 pm | MS Bioinformatics Information Session
Conversation will be led by Dr. Steve Vollmer, Director of Northeastern University’s Bionformatics Graduate Program. The MS in Bioinformatics degree is non-thesis professional degree with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining bioinformatics computational methods, programming and statistics with graduate electives for graduate to obtain a broader knowledge in both life sciences and computer science.
☐ Week of Nov 11, 5:30 pm | MS Regulatory Affairs Information Session
Conversation will be led by Dr. Eric Kupferberg, Director of Northeastern University’s Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices Program. This unique graduate degree is designed to deepen your understanding of current regulations and their practical application in the development and commercialization of drugs, biologics, and medical device products.
Our traditional semester students are half way through and that means midterm time. Other students will be starting a new session in a couple weeks. All Washington region students are starting to think about the next steps in their professional life. Northeastern Seattle is there to help show students their options for graduate education. We have been and will continue to be making stops at many graduate education fairs in the Puget Sound area. See and click below for locations, dates and more:
We hope to see some of you there!
The College Success Foundation (CSF) hosted a Graduate Education Fair at the University of Washington’s Multicultural Center on Saturday, October 5. Northeastern University was one of the eight local universities invited to attend. The College Success Foundation was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. The event was attended by over 100 CSF Scholars who are either currently enrolled in college or have graduated in the last 8 years. This was the 7th annual Graduate Education Institute. Attendees went through a series of workshops on how to prepare, select, apply, and pay for grad school.
Claire Lewis, an admission recruiter at the Seattle Campus led a workshop titled, “Discerning: When to Go, Where to Go, What to Study” on the graduate education process. Over 25 Scholars attended the presentation.
When to go: The question here is should I go right from undergraduate or get work experience first? There are some benefits of going straight from undergraduate. These include a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate school, likely possessing fewer responsibilities than the future may hold and, more likely confident in your life goals and desired career path. There are also benefits of getting experience first. These would include getting more professional experience, more time to save for tuition and expenses and, the ability to look for an employer who will pay for graduate school. It is also important to maintain a work/life balance. If you have less time to devote to studies it may be beneficial to wait until more time frees up.
Where to go: One of the key points to consider when choosing the right school for you is school/program fit. It is important to find a program that is right for you but you also need to find a school that is going to match up with your development goals. Some characterizes to consider are faculty, delivery method, location, costs/financial aid, culture, size and resources. You should not make a decision on rankings/reputation alone. Many statistics for schools are based off undergraduate programs and can vary for the same schools graduate programs.
A good characteristic in any program is Experiential Learning. This is the process of learning by doing real-world and applied activities. Examples of this type of learning would be internships, capstone projects and self-directed studies.
What to study: This is the most important question because what you are studying and what you hope to get out of the degree must be aligned. You should find something that you are passionate about, don’t be swayed by booming industries or the latest news statistic. Some good questions to ask yourself are “What do you want to be an expert in?” or “What is your dream job?” Do not assume that your undergraduate studies have to relate to your graduate studies. Combining two different but complementary areas of study can lead to unique career paths. Make sure you are talking to professionals in their field! Try informational interviewing, job shadowing, and attending networking events.
Work-life balance? Now I’m thinking about adding school into the mix? What can I do?
I am an engineer, I travel a lot with my work, I coach my son’s baseball team….how will I have time for a higher degree?
The answer: Northeastern Seattle
With Northeastern Seattle’s focus on on-line and hybrid graduate education, busy adults who have a desire or need to pursue a higher education degree can be successful. With high quality programs that provide flexibility in scheduling and learning, you can do it. Need to jump start your career or want to move in a different direction? Northeastern Seattle is making it a possibility with high quality, flexible, and convenient programs.
Still worried about the challenges of juggling it all?
Try these four steps to balancing work and graduate school, according to Forbes on-line:
1) Get Prepared
2) Research Financial Options
3) Add Some Strategy
4) Don’t Forget Yourself
Work smarter by choosing a program that complements your job or can enhance your job opportunities; or even one where you can solve problems or complete tasks within your job with school opportunities.
And remember the motto, “if you need something done, ask a busy person.” The motivated student is often the busy professional, parent, and volunteer.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic
During October, Northeastern University – Seattle will be hosting a series of events featuring special faculty guests. All of these events are program specific. You will have the opportunity to discuss in depth, particulars about many programs.
Featured programs include: Masters and Doctorate of Education, Energy Systems, Engineering Management, Sports Leadership, Health Informatics, and Biotechnology. See below for more information about these sessions.
On Thursday, October 3, Northeastern University will be holding a reception on our Seattle campus at which you will have the opportunity to hear about our Master of Education and Doctor of Education programs.
The following day, Friday, October 4, we will be hosting a networking and discussion session about leading change specific to the region.
Both of these sessions will be hosted by Dr. Chris Unger, senior fellow and faculty member in the EdD program at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.
Join us for a luncheon for prospective students interested in programs offered through Northeastern’s prestigious College of Engineering. Conversation will be led by Dr. Tristan Johnson, Director of Online Education whose work in the college includes course development and industry partnerships. The College of Engineering is home to numerous leading-edge projects and initiatives that advance discovery and new knowledge in health, technology, sustainability, and security. Dr. Johnson will be introducing the Seattle campus’ two College of Engineering programs, Master of Science in Energy Systems & Master of Science in Engineering Management. Dr. Johnson will be leading a program discussion and analysis for prospective students.
Join us for a dinner for prospective Master of Sports Leadership students with conversation to be led by faculty member, Dr. Robert Prior. Dr. Prior has served as Director of Media Relations for the Boston Celtics, Director of Information & New Media for Major League Soccer, and the Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. Dr. Prior later spent six years working in collegiate athletics at Nova Southeastern University, where he was Associate Director of Athletics Communications & External Operations.
Dan Feinberg, Director of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program of Northeastern University’s College of Computer & Information Science will be visiting the Seattle Campus. Prospective students will have to opportunity for a special session.
Event details are being confirmed; Check back for more information
Jim Leung, Academic Director of the Professional Science Masters Program in Biotechnology Program of Northeastern University’s College of Science will be visiting the Seattle Campus to help launch the new MS Biotechnology program.
Event details are being confirmed; Check back for more information
by Melanie Dostis
For the longest time, I had no idea when I would be graduating.
I had no clue what year I was in and at times I wasn’t sure if classes were even part of my plan.
What I do know is that in the gloomy job market college graduates face, I have a chance to avoid the typical employment woes of many grads.
I am part of the co-operative (or “co-op”) education world, an increasingly sought-out solution in higher education to transition students to the workplace. In it, students alternate between the classroom and the workplace.