The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Business

June 14, 2013

Career Coach: No degree? You aren't alone

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In addition to upgrading your resume, it is also critical to network. For people without a degree, having others who refer you to someone in the firm is crucial for getting that first interview. It is also important to get others to write recommendations for you. Let them know what jobs you are looking at and what key points you want them to emphasize.

Of course, if you keep hitting obstacles and roadblocks, then getting your degree may be what's needed. A study by the American Council of Education noted that more adults aged 55 to 79 are bypassing retirement and leisure to pursue advanced degrees or start new businesses. Today, there are plenty of available options, ranging from special program for older individuals to online programs to blended learning to face-to-face traditional classrooms, all varying in price.

Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 30 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.

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