Trident University International

Joseph Chan

Admissions Advisor, Trident University

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3 WAYS FOR DOCTORATES TO PURSUE A CAREER OUTSIDE OF ACADEMIA

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 31, 2018 5:43:57 PM

Adobe Spark-11-129797-edited.jpgAs graduation day approaches, most doctoral candidates are contemplating their future career paths. While traditional academic positions may be enticing to many of these individuals, this is not the only route for doctoral holders.

Here are some effective tips for pursuing a career outside of academia with a doctorate.

Transferable Skills
Doctoral students gain a lot of transferable skills. These include the ability to work with teams of diverse individuals, demonstrating strong critical thinking and analytical skills, and advanced communication and presentation abilities. It is important to tailor and highlight the skill set most relevant to the position one is seeking. For example, familiarity with research software is also important for non-academic positions, especially with the growing corporate focus on big data.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, College of Education, Careers, Doctoral Program Tips, Student Resources

DISSERTATION, SUPPORT, AND WORK LOAD: 3 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 23, 2018 6:37:03 PM

IMG_3393.jpgMost people who are considering a doctoral program have a long list of questions they want answered, such as the quality of faculty and the relevancy and difficulty level of the curriculum. Questions like these have clear answers that are readily available on a school’s website or through conversations with a program’s director.     

On the other hand, answers to other questions – which often are equally important – can be a bit harder to obtain. Here are three more things aspiring doctoral students should be sure to look into.

Adapting the dissertation topic
What schools do not often tell students is that dissertation topics will change - a lot. When analyzing the novelty of a study, one must keep adjusting variables and measurements to best align the study with its objective and theoretical frameworks. This is a time-consuming process and the dissertation topic one initially intends on doing will likely be changed several times to meet the needs of the dissertation requirements.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Online Learning, Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, New Students, dissertation

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE QUALIFYING EXAM IN YOUR PH.D. PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 16, 2018 4:01:14 PM

Adobe Spark-7.jpgIn Trident’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program, preparing for the qualifying exam requires a great deal of planning. Passing the exam is a prerequisite for advancing into the dissertation phase. The exam itself is comprised of different concepts including research methodology and theoretical frameworks, the population in the study and variables, as well as the novelty in the study as it pertains to the research questions. Students will choose whether their study will be quantitative or qualitative in nature.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, College of Education, Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BEGINNING A DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Oct 4, 2017 3:08:42 PM

Starting a doctoral program is not a decision to be taken lightly. One must consider his or her career goals, personal interests, time, and finances prior to committing to this kind of program. However, the learning and development opportunities of these programs are both strenuous and rewarding - providing both a sense of achievement and the opportunity to contribute new learnings and practices to a given field.

Here are three things to consider before beginning a doctoral program:

1. Always be realistic about the workload
It would be tempting to get into a doctoral program and fantasize about walking across the stage and finally being able to be called a doctor, but there’s a lot to consider before getting to that point. It is essential to be well-prepared and understand the high expectations for students. For working professionals who also wish to fit a doctoral program into their schedules, it may be best to discuss your goals and expectations with the director of your desired program. At the doctoral level, a full-time schedule is one course.

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Topics: Online Learning, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees

WRITING IN APA STYLE: A GUIDE FOR STARTERS

Posted by Joseph Chan on Sep 26, 2017 4:40:44 PM

APA is an abbreviation of American Psychological Association and serves as a basic guideline for much of the writing done by Trident students. This format of writing is commonly used in the social sciences, education, and psychology fields. Students can expect to use this format at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It may seem intimidating at first, but there are resources available to help simplify and better understand the process.

When writing papers in APA style, students should focus on four specific areas: title page, abstract, main body, and references. Some of the basics of formatting includes one-inch margins, 12-point font, text that is double-spaced, and Times New Roman as the font of choice. The selection of headlines, presentation of statistics and numbers, and the usage of abbreviations and punctuation should also be considered.

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Topics: Study Tips, Bachelor's Degrees, Student Services, Student Resources

HOW SOON CAN I GRADUATE?

Posted by Joseph Chan on Aug 11, 2017 6:52:17 PM

It’s time to hit the books! School is back in session and you want to finish your degree. Whether you’re going straight into a new program right after graduation, or you’re a working professional returning to school after several years, graduation will be your reward for all of your hard work.

How soon you finish will depend on your goals and ability to manage your time.

Those who want to finish their degree quicker

Generally, bachelor’s and master’s level classes at Trident are offered in 8-week session formats. Some students also enroll in over-lapping sessions.

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Topics: Online Learning, Study Tips, Student Success, New Students

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COURSE LOAD

Posted by Joseph Chan on Aug 8, 2017 9:24:39 AM

Trident isn’t your typical online school. There are set deadlines for submission of assignments and postings - generally every two weeks, which gives students the ability to plan around career, military, and family commitments. Many of Trident’s students find this format beneficial when it comes to balancing their full-time job, military commitments, and living in rural communities.

Although attendance isn’t taken on a daily basis, students are expected to stick to deadlines and be aware of what is expected of them in each class. Since course load plays such an important role in classroom performance, here are some pointers on what to expect in classes and how to choose the best schedule each session.

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3 TRAITS AND VALUES THAT EMPLOYERS SEEK

Posted by Joseph Chan on Aug 2, 2017 10:35:26 AM

The skills and values many employers are seeking in potential hires are not always explicitly stated in a job description, nor are they easily quantified. Since organizations frequently compete for talented employees, there are certain culture-complementing soft skills that will help job candidates stand out.

Here are three of the most important qualities:

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Topics: Career Services, Careers, Student Success, Student Resources

HOW TO MAKE LEARNING MATH WORK FOR YOU

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jun 28, 2017 11:00:00 PM

Everyone uses math on a daily basis. Whether it is for calculating the distance to get from one place to another, or it is to figure out whether a purchase makes financial sense – math plays a constant role in our lives.

Math can be challenging – especially for those who have been out of school for several years – which is why Trident offers resources to improve your quantitative skills. Trident’s Math Workshop is open to all students via the Trident Learning Community (MyTLC) portal. Students can take advantage of this valuable resource immediately after receiving access to the portal.

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Topics: Bachelor's Degrees, Student Success, Student Resources, Math Resources

BECOME A BETTER WRITER WITH THESE STUDENT RESOURCES

Posted by Joseph Chan on May 30, 2017 8:28:08 AM

Writing is a fundamental skill for any college student – especially those attending Trident. Since the capabilities of students vary, we help to bridge the gap by offering a number of writing resources, including an online Writing Workshop and a Writing Style Guide. These can be accessed through the Trident Learning Community (TLC) Student Portal.

The Writing Workshop is divided into five parts: introduction, preparing to write, structure and drafting, refining writing, and editing and proofreading. Each part, except for the introduction, includes exercises that allow students to practice writing. If you need to brush up on your writing skills, this is a great place to start. This workshop is available to all students a week before the start of a session.

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