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 “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

-- Mark Twain


businessSouthwestern's Business Programs teach the baseline skills required for all professions! You get instruction in all the essential skills for all professional work.

Activities like communication, exploratory research, collaboration, and project management are the foundations. As you go further, you can learn the fundamental skills required for running a business – accounting, advertising, leadership, marketing, management, supervision, and using data for decisions.


We have to recognize that social media plays an important role in building our workforce.  That includes both the employer and the job seeker.

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Even for the most seasoned job seekers, the self-promotion part of interviewing for a job feels at least a little bit difficult and at least a little bit artificial. But there’s no doubt that thinking about commonly asked interview questions markedly improves one’s comfort and confidence during the actual process.


When students first begin college, they may think that obtaining their degree will be enough to have the kind of career they want.

american welding societySouthwestern's Associate of Applied Science degree also contains smaller, stackable certificates that help you gain completions as you work through the two year program. In addition, all students will have the opportunity to certify with industry recognized credentials recognized by the American Welding Society.

10 tips for an interviewIn today’s competitive job market, only the best candidates are invited to interview for a job. The average number of people who apply for any given job is 118. Statistically, twenty-percent of those applicants get an interview, but repeatable anecdotal evidence puts the number of interviews over applicants at a much smaller number, usually only 3-4 people, because organizations don’t have time availability to interview more.

cover letterI don’t know how this myth that cover letters are “old school” was started but you need to know that a cover letter can be the difference between your application moving forward or being tossed in the trash!

As a hiring manager for over 10 years and a career coach for the last six, I’ve always been a big fan of Cover Letters. I believe that they are a powerful tool for job seekers and to make their application packet stand out and secure an interview.

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The material in this program is far and away the most expansive in terms of applicability. The overwhelming majority of professional occupations require skills learned in AOP because that material is the foundation of how all businesses and organizations work.

checkmarks Professional references are often an overlooked part of the job search process.  This is unfortunate, because prospective employers place a lot of weight on what your references say.  It is important that you spend as much effort selecting and developing your references as you do preparing your application packet.

Great tool for managing nervousness before, during and after interviews too!

Harvard Professor, Psychologist and Author, Amy Cuddy advocates that “Striking a Pose” is a way to shape your emotions rather than your emotions shaping you. Her recently released book “Presence” expands on the concepts she introduced in her popular 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Shapes Who You Are”.

She begins by telling her TED Talk audience to “Fake it until you make it.”

What does that mean?