How to Make The Most of Your Next Semester Online

Many students are currently beginning the school year totally online, whether that’s children in elementary school or adults taking graduate courses. While this is a necessary precaution, it also comes with challenges.

Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your next semester online.

Follow These Tips for A Successful Online Semester

  • Take Stretches and Breaks When Possible: If you’re sitting at your desk all day, it’s vital for your physical and mental health to take breaks. Stretch your back out, get some steps in, and let your eyes rest from staring at a screen.
  • Focus on Your Set-Up: Especially if you’re also working from home, you’re going to want your office to be a welcoming place that makes you excited to go to school and work each day. Select a chair that supports your back and allows for height adjustments so you can be sure your computer screen is in your direct eyeline. Make sure your technology is up to date so it can handle the tasks you need it to. Finally, add some decorative touches to the space to ensure you enjoy the time you spend there!
  • Keep Connected: Just because you’re no longer face to face doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to stay connected to your fellow classmates or teachers. In fact, thanks to advances in technology, it’s never been easier to stay connected via our phones and computers. Set up a slack channel just for your class. Exchange numbers so you can reach out to each other other than when you’re on Zoom calls. Plan virtual study groups or happy hours. The resources are there for you to stay connected, so use it. When you feel closer with your classmates, school is more enjoyable, and you’ll have someone to turn to if you become overwhelmed.
  • Stick to Your Schedule: When you’re at home, it can be extremely easy to slip away from your schedule and enjoy your TV and couch. But we want to discourage you from doing that. It’s important to create a schedule for yourself to follow so that you still remain as productive as you usually are when you’re on campus or at a physical location. Create a schedule that allows you to juggle your responsibilities at home, your full-time job, and your class load. Break it down hour by hour, and don’t forget to schedule breaks like we’ve discussed.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

Interview Questions to Consider Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We live in an entirely different world than we did at the start of 2020. Now, many of us work remotely, social distance during our time off, and constantly carry a mask. Unfortunately, many have also lost jobs or are facing major setbacks in our search for new careers.

If you’ve been job searching during the pandemic, first of all, hats off to you. That is no easy feat! However, just as we’ve changed our daily habits to help stop the spread of this disease, the interview process during the COVID-19 pandemic has to adapt as well, mainly to benefit the person who is being interviewed. Certain questions about the pandemic can really highlight a company’s culture in ways that couldn’t happen before.

With that in mind, here are some interview questions to consider thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ask These Questions During Your Next Interview

  • How did your company adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Did you have to furlough or fire any employees?
  • How do you keep your team safe during the pandemic?
  • What does your sick leave look like?
  • How do you anticipate your company changing permanently, even after the pandemic is over?
  • Do you have best practices for remote working up and running?
  • Could new employees possibly work remotely, part-time or full-time?
  • Is this a permanent position, or will needs change once the pandemic is over?

These have been our interview questions to consider thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

 

Celebrate Your Graduation During COVID-19

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, we’re all making sacrifices. We’re working from home, spending more time away from friends and family, and avoiding large gatherings. Unfortunately for all the recent graduates, this new world also means no graduation ceremonies or parties.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate! In fact, you have every reason to celebrate. To give you the inspiration you need to mark this special occasion, here are some ways to celebrate your graduation during COVID-19!

  • Recreate the Ceremony at Home: You’ve got the degree, the cap, and the gown. Why not bring the graduation ceremony to your house? Many graduates are also quarantined with family members, so you have a built in audience as well. Use your living room as a stage, set up a fun walkway to strut your stuff, and get all dressed up for the occasion. Even have someone call your name, shake your hand, and hand you your degree.
  • Conference Call Your Loved Ones: One of the best parts of graduation celebrations is spending time with your loved ones. If you’re not currently quarantining with your family, it may feel especially difficult to not share this time with them. So plan a video conference to celebrate the occasion virtually! This will also allow you to include family members or friends located farther away who wouldn’t be able to attend in-person anyway. Third-party apps make this extremely easy nowadays, especially since this has turned into a main form of communication for everyone across the globe as we stay inside. Schedule a time that works with everyone (we all should be pretty open these days), and turn on the video donning your cap and gown.
  • Self-Care Time: After finishing a degree, you’re bound to be tired and wound-up from the stress of exams, final papers, and making it across the finish line. The best way to unwind and relax is to indulge in some self-care rituals, which is a phenomenal way to celebrate all you’ve accomplished. Whether you’re favorites include taking a hot bath, ordering take-out from your favorite restaurant, or curling up on the couch with a book: do it! It doesn’t have to be loud and busy to be a celebration. It’s just whatever makes you feel happy and proud!

These have been our ways to celebrate your graduation during COVID-19! The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

School Breaks Shouldn’t Mean a Learning Break: Tips to Engage Your Brain

For most students, spring break, winter holiday, and of course, the long summer hiatus are all times filled with rest, relaxation, and quality times with friends and family. These breaks are important to ensure you’re recharged and ready for all the challenges school brings!

That being said, if you aren’t working or taking any classes over these breaks, it’s important to take other steps to keep your mind sharp. Months off from learning can dull your senses, impair your decision-making abilities, and send you several steps backward in any higher-education goals you may have in place. Learn these tips to engage your brain during a school break!

Tips to Engage Your Brain

Keeping your brain engaged doesn’t have to be a boring, tedious task. By making it fun and exciting, you will find it’s easier to keep up the habit.

  • Online Tools are at Your Disposal; Don’t Waste Them: Thanks to modern technology, there are so many ways to engage your brain and keep yourself learning. Check out popular online learning platforms like Lynda or LinkedIn Learning. Scope your local area to see if anyone is offering online classes or visiting lectures. Do a Google search for classes involving your favorite subjects, whether that’s knitting or physics. There’s so much information out there waiting for you to grab it, so take advantage.
  • Schedule the Time to Learn: Just like you schedule time to work or to get in some exercise, you need to block off your commitment to learning. Whatever tactic you use should have dedicated space in your schedule to ensure that you don’t drop the ball. Putting a deadline on this habit will help ensure you actually complete it and continue to do so.
  • Plan Engaging Outings: Armed with your mask and hand sanitizer, use the extra time you might have during your break to visit places that will get your mental wheels turning. Museums, historical sites, and libraries are awesome examples.
  • Reward Yourself: Let’s face it. Learning isn’t as fun as other break activities like watching TV or spending time with family. You can use that to your advantage! Turn these fun activities into a reward once you’ve completed your learning for the day.
  • Read, Read, Read: Whether you’re on the beach indulging in a fun fantasy or sitting in your office and learning a new skill, books are fantastic tools to keep your brain fresh. Studies have shown that reading fiction improves your brain connectivity and function. So, pick up some books from your local library or head to your favorite bookstore and find things that make you excited to curl up on your couch.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

MBA Applications 101: What To Expect

If you’re thinking about applying to get your MBA, first of all, congratulations! This is a huge step in your life and career, and you should be very excited. But, you might also be feeling confused and lost when it comes to actually filling out applications. There’s so much information out there and so much to do that it might be hard to take that first step in filling out applications. 

Here’s what you can expect with your MBA applications.  

Essay

One of the most important parts of the MBA application, the essay is your time to shine! Typically this involves some sort of prompts that you will answer in essay form. Examples of questions include, “what was your biggest failure?” and “how would you describe your past business experience?”. While most applicants find this the most stressful part of the process, it doesn’t have to be. Take a deep breath before starting and know you go this. 

When writing your answers, make sure to include your personality, background, and let your intelligence shine through. Of course, it’s also vital to triple check for any errors. 

Interview 

Though this may not be a designated part of every MBA application, some schools do use interviews to help work through all their candidates. Brush up on your interview skills by reading this blog from our experts

Resume 

Just like with any job application, your resume is an important part of applying for an MBA program! Be sure you dedicate some time to refreshing and updating your resume to include your most recent educational and professional experience details. It’s also a great idea to include any work you’ve done for your community and any relevant awards you’ve received. 

Testing Scores 

Most MBA programs will want to see scores from the GMAT or the GRE from their applicants. Research which tests the school you’re applying for requires and then make sure you include those results in your application. 

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

While not every program asks for these, some will. Be prepared for your application to require transcripts of classes and grades from your undergraduate program. Similarly, some MBA programs require letters of recommendation. Be thinking about past supervisors, colleagues, or professors that you have a strong relationship with that you could ask to provide this reference. 

Looking for more guidance on how to really rock your MBA applications? Click here to get six tips for acing your MBA Application straight from our experts

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and if you have any more questions about your MBA applications, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today. Want specific application tips for our program? Read those here! 

Identifying “Spam” Jobs When Searching Online

When you’re seeking out a new career opportunity, there’s nothing as frustrating as coming across the perfect job for you only to find out it’s actually too perfect. We call these inaccurate, misleading, or fake job postings, “spam job listings.” These are the listings that  look great at first,  but turn out to be some sort of pyramid scheme, more sales oriented than is represented, or maybe even non existent. 

So, how can you identify “spam” jobs when searching online? Read on learn!

Read the Job Description Carefully 

The best tip we can give you for sifting through spam job listings is to read every single word of the job description. Make sure you fully understand what your daily tasks will be and what the company is looking for in the candidate. If you do so, you’ll be able to understand if it’s a full-time position versus something commission based.

And, if there’s not enough in the job description to give you a good sense of what you’re applying for, you might want to skip it altogether. Lack of clear details is usually a red flag that the opportunity isn’t a good one.

Check Out Reviews for the Company 

Do some research before you take the time to apply to the position. Use programs like Glassdoor to check out what current and past employees are saying about the position and the company it comes from. Reviews will tell you a lot about management and other things that may not be expressed in the description. 

Reach Out to Other Employees 

If you’re comfortable with it or have an inside connection to the company, consider reaching out to other employees. You can ask them questions about what their role is like, how the company operates, and how satisfied they are with where they work.

Reaching out and asking these questions shouldn’t hurt your chances of getting a qualified job. In fact, most actual hiring managers should see this sign as you doing detailed research and homework for the job. 

Be Cautious About Email Offers You Didn’t Apply For 

If you receive an email from someone claiming to be a hiring manager who found your resume via another website or platform, be wary. Often the company posting these “spam job listings” also use sources like Indeed to gather contact information in bulk and  target individuals who are aggressively looking for jobs with their shady offers. Of course, if you’re not sure if an offer or outreach is safe or not, just proceed with caution and be sure to share any personal information until you’ve verified the company and opportunity are legitimate. 

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and help educate you on identifying “spam” jobs when searching online, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today

How the Logistics Industry is Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

* The below information was provided from an episode of Lenz on Business featuring Dr. Karl Manrodt, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and student Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Manager for Process Improvement and Supply Chain for Walmart. *

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted millions of people around the world. So it’s no surprise that the logistics and shipping industries are feeling these effects as well. 

Changing Best Practices

Across the globe, logistics strategies and plans are being disrupted left and right. Existing plans and forecasts for product demand, pricing, and timing was all completely derailing. When coronavirus broke in the United States, it flipped all of this on its head.

Changes needed to be made quickly to keep up, leaving many businesses scrambling. Times for shipments increased, numbers of new products ordered increased, and the way these items were transported also shifted. 

Shifting Perspectives on Where Products Come From 

With all of these changes rapidly affecting the United States economy, other important conversations around logistics bubbled up as well. Many people and companies have refocused on the high percentage of products coming to our consumers from outside of the United States. Could it be worth the time and effort to start developing more products within the U.S.? If this percentage were changed, would it make these processes more efficient and safer? These are all questions those in the U.S. logistics industry are asking themselves.

However, these conversations are just the start. A shift like that would take years of planning, producing, and millions of dollars spent. Right now, the pros and cons need to be weighed by both the political sphere and the public sphere before any changes are made. 

But coronavirus has certainly highlighted this conversation more than ever before. 

Highlighting Heros 

With all of this change and uncertainty, companies and individuals have had to step up to keep the world turning. In this time of fear and anxiety, people need to look towards those who are doing inspiring work. Companies that stare down the face of adversity and come out on the other side stronger remind everyone around them that good can still happen. 

Want to read a success story yourself? Click here to see how UPS stepped up to deliver life-saving technology

If you want to hear more about how the logistics industry is impacted by the COVID pandemic, click here to listen to an episode of Lenz on Business featuring Dr. Karl Manrodt, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and student Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Manager for Process Improvement and Supply Chain for Walmart. The two go into significant detail discussing how COVID-19 is impacting their industry. 

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and expand your leadership skills, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today

 

How Receiving your MBA Can Help Your Community

When you first decide to earn your master’s in business, your initial decision to do so may be entirely selfish. That’s totally okay! You want to do it for you, and you want to work hard to make yourself smarter while opening up more opportunities.

However, what you may not realize is that there are many ways how receiving your MBA can help your community. Not sure how? We’ve put together a list below.

What Your MBA Can Do For Your Community

  • Helps to Make Your Business/Other Businesses More Successful: If you’ve accomplished your MBA, you’re bringing the new talents you’ve learned directly into your business or a company you work for. That means more profits, more success, and more money flowing directly into your city and your community.
  • Adds Your Talents to Your City: In the same vein of thought, the more talented and multi-faceted you become, the more your community will have access to those very talents. Maybe your church could use your expertise at marketing, or maybe at the next city council meeting you can discuss the best business tactics you’ve learned. You’d be surprised how much your input can benefit the community around you!
  • Benefits Nonprofits When Volunteering: If you are an avid volunteer, then nonprofits can certainly take advantage of your new skills. Whether you’re helping animals get adopted or assisting with planting more trees in your neighborhood, the business skills you learn from your MBA will help these nonprofit organizations flourish.
  • Younger Generations Can Learn from You: When you have your MBA as an adult and you’re out in the community doing impressive things, those younger than you are certainly paying attention. You might not even know how much of an inspiration you are for others. You could potentially get involved with mentorship programs, where you teach the things you learned from your MBA.

Ready to benefit your community with an MBA? The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and expand what you can do for your community, click here to contact us today.

Small Ways to Boost Your Business

If you own a business, then you’re constantly thinking about ways to make it grow, be more successful, and flourish. But sometimes you’re limited to the amount of time and money you can invest towards improvements. In those cases, everything counts, no matter how small your actions may seem.

If you’re looking for small, inexpensive ways to boost your business, keep reading below.

Simple Steps to Improve Your Business

  • Start a Blog: Wanting a way to communicate your expert opinion to your followers? The best way to do that is to start a blog. Plus, every individual blog you upload is a way to get your name out there on engine searches through best SEO practices.
  • Create Social Media Accounts: Another fantastic way to start conversations with others about your company is to create social media accounts. Pick which ones makes the most sense for your audience and then get posting.
  • Deploy a Newsletter or Email Campaign: If you have the email addresses of your customers, employees, and other potential people interested in your company, consider creating a newsletter. Third-party services like MailChimp or Constant Contact make it extremely easy and they look fantastic.
  • Update Your Website: Does your website have outdated information? Could your ABOUT PAGE use some sprucing up? This is an easy task that, at most, may take a few hours. But fresh website copy does wonders for bringing in new clients and customers.
  • Attend Events: Want to get your business’s name out there while also networking with other people like you? Events or conferences are the perfect way to do so!
  • Throw a Staff Celebration / Training Event: The perfect way to boost your business? Boost the people who work for you! Whether you help to expand their skills or just spend some time treating them and giving them the recognition they deserve, both are easy and well-appreciated lifts for you.
  • Take a Break: If you or your employees are feeling burnt out with the daily grind of maintaining your business, it might be time to take a break. Whether that’s through spending the day at home or going on an actual vacation, don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself and your hard-working staff.
  • Continue Your Education: This doesn’t have to mean going back to school for your master’s (though we always encourage you to do so). Simple, easy ways to keep yourself sharp and fresh is to pick up a business book, do some research to update yourself on best practices, or sign up for an online course.

Want another way to boost your business? Head back to school! The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and expand your business, click here to contact us today.