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.
On Wednesday, September 25th the Seattle Campus hosted a presentation as part of our Local Leaders, Global Impact speaker series. The topic of the event was “Matching Industry Growth with Sustainable Development: The New Tech Challenge”. Some back round on the topic:
“The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?”
The presentation featured four panelists representing academia, the public and private sector. The moderator for the event was Dr. Joan Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald is professor and interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts.
The first presenter was Kathleen Owens, President and General Manager of the Attachmate Business Unit of Attachmate. She discussed her companies recent decision to relocate to a downtown office building. Attachmate is part of a new trend where companies are moving their headquarters to downtown office spaces as opposed to sprawling suburban developments. One of the most unique aspects about the adaptation was managing employee concerns and perspectives.
The next presenter was Greg Johnson, President of Wright Runstad & Company. Johnson talked about The Spring District, an “ecodistrict” in Bellevue consisting of a mix of commercial and residential properties. From The Spring District website, “We’re creating a neighborhood that draws people in, just to be, sharing space with all the other people who are drawn to it too.” The development will be constructed in three phases with an estimated completion date in 2026. Learn more about The Spring District and watch a great video here.
The final presenter was Hilary Franz, CEO of Futurewise. From their website “Futurewise works with communities across Washington State to save farms and forests, protect rivers and coasts, and build strong cities and towns for all.” Franz talked about sustainable policy and civic engagement. Prior to joining Futurewise, Franz represented local governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups on a broad range of land use planning and policy issues.
After the presentation members of the audience asked questions and got into some interesting discussions about sustainable urban development with the panelists.
To see more pictures from the event, go here.
This week we welcomed an additional staff member to the Seattle Campus, Jennifer Youngblood.
Jennifer is the faculty Graduate Cooperative Education Coordinator for the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University – Seattle. Her background includes over 15 year of career counseling in higher education and private practice, as well as corporate HR. Jennifer has a BA and MA in History, a master’s certificate in Computer Programming, and MA coursework in Career Development. She is also MBTI Qualified and is a certified Distance Career Counselor.
We have some very interesting and unique events occurring on the Seattle Campus this week. The first is tomorrow presentation: Matching Industry Growth with Sustainable Development: The New Tech Challenge. This is the continuation of our speakers series: Local Leaders: Global Impact.
The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?
Here is a special sneak peek at the presentation by Greg Johnson, President of Wright Runstad & Company, about Bellevue’s Spring District which will be used as a real-world case study.
The Seattle Campus will also be hosting an event on Thursday for the Young Professionals Network (YPN), titled I’M A YP. NOW WHAT?. The YPN is a group coordinated by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. They organize events for professional under 40 to meet and network. This week’s event’s theme is Next Career Steps and Personal Development.
Find out more about the event and register here.
The indoor quad at the Curry Student Center had an international feel on Thursday night as students who have recently returned from overseas co-ops convened to share their experiences.
Northeastern’s inaugural International Co-op Fair gave about 30 co-op students the chance to tell their stories to peers considering experiential learning in a foreign country.
As part of its mission to prepare students for future success, Northeastern combines classroom learning with real-world experience in some 93 countries worldwide. About 300 students are currently on international co-op, a figure that international co-op director Ketty Rosenfeld expects to grow.
It’s important to stay on top of your professional game to navigate the Seattle business world. Join us for a discussion at the new Northeastern-Seattle campus where our panelists will offer up advice for your next career steps.
At this event we will:
Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
5:30-7:30 PM Pacific Time
Northeastern University – Seattle Campus
401 Terry Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
(In South Lake Union)
Suggested parking is at the 321 Terry Ave N and 320 Westlake garages, which can be accessed from between Harrison St and Thomas St.
To learn more about our event and to register, click here!
There are no membership fees or any application process to attend The Young Professionals Network events. If you are not a Chamber member, register online under the nonmember registration button. Learn more about Chamber membership.
Northeastern University – Seattle is very excitied to be partnering with the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) to host a series of panel discussions and presentations, called TechNW. The WTIA is the largest statewide association of technology companies and executives in the nation. This year, TechNW will be a 3-part event series featuring two panels focused on different sectors and a reception at each event. Each event has two theme; click below for more information on each:
We hope to see you are one of these events. For more information about TechNW and the WTIA click here.