February 3, 2020

What Can You Do With a Homeland Security Degree?

Whether you are interested in working in the field, on the front lines of securing our borders and transportation infrastructure, putting your communication and leadership skills to work in policy development, or using your technological expertise to secure our country’s information systems, there is a homeland security job for you. By learning the principles and theories that guide our nation’s security strategies, you’ll be better prepared to take your career to the next level while providing a vital service to our nation.

January 6, 2020

How to Prepare for an Interview in 6 Steps

Interviews can be a double-edged sword for job seekers. They’re necessary for getting the job you want, but they can also be a big source of stress. In this article, we explore six steps to use when preparing for an interview: (1) contacting your references, (2) conducting a self-assessment, (3) researching the position and employer, (4) preparing for the interview setting, (5) practicing answers to common questions, and (6) preparing questions for the interviewer.

December 18, 2019

How to Get the Job You Want: A Complete Guide

After you’ve decided what kind of career you want, what’s next? You may need to start from scratch, or you may only need to clean up your resume and tap into your existing network. In this article, we’ve compiled our favorite resources and tips to help you in your job search. No matter where you are in your job search, you’ll find something helpful here in this complete guide.

November 19, 2019

Online Student Success Stories: Part 3

For more than 25 years, thousands of students have made the decision to invest their time and money by pursuing an education with Columbia Southern University. Here in Part 3 of this series of online degree success stories, we provide links to some of the most unique stories about CSU Knights.

November 12, 2019

Job Interview Practice: Why It’s Important and How to Do It

One of the most effective ways to prepare for a job interview is practicing your answers to common interview questions. There are many factors to consider when getting ready for an interview, but the words you use and how you structure your answers are important. In this article, we’ll explore why interview practice is important and how to prepare for some of the most common interview questions.

November 6, 2019

Beyond the Firehouse: Career Options With a Fire Science Degree

Although the idea of a career in fire science equals becoming a firefighter for many of us, the field of fire science extends well beyond the local firehouse. Earning a degree in fire science prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities in multiple industries, whether you have experience fighting fires or not. If you are wondering how versatile your fire science degree will be, and how it translates to different careers, check out some of these options.

October 10, 2019

Online Student Success Stories: Part 2

For more than 25 years, thousands of students have made the decision to invest their time and money by pursuing an education with Columbia Southern University. Here in Part 2 of this series of online degree success stories, we provide links to some of our favorite examples of safety professionals and business leaders who decided to attend CSU.

September 25, 2019

Online Student Success Stories: Part 1

For more than 25 years, thousands of students have made the decision to invest their time and money by pursuing an education with Columbia Southern University. Here in Part 1 of this series of online degree success stories, we provide links to some of our favorite examples of fire professionals and other public servants who decided to attend CSU.

September 5, 2019

Career Tips for Emergency Medical Services Administrators

Although many EMS directors and administrators achieve their positions by working their way up the ladder, most find that they need to develop additional skills to handle of all of the facets of their new jobs. If you hold a leadership position in emergency medical services, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of succeeding in the role. Here are some of our favorite tips from those who have been in the industry and have experience in what it takes to be a great EMS administrator.

August 19, 2019

Emergency Management: Career Outlook and Job Opportunities

Emergencies are unavoidable. Government entities, nonprofit organizations and private companies can all work to prevent emergencies in their respective industries, but a certain percentage will happen no matter what preventative measures are taken. Emergency management directors perform a critical function, protecting their employers and their communities before, during and after natural disasters and other dangerous and unexpected events. In this article, we explore emergency management careers and discuss how to enter the field.

July 22, 2019

Life After Law Enforcement: Career Options for Former Police Officers

Although many law enforcement officers spend their entire careers working in the field, just as many move on to different careers. The wide range of skills developed while working in law enforcement, including leadership, interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, lend themselves to many different fields. If you are thinking about life after law enforcement and what you might want to do, it’s worth considering the following career options.

July 10, 2019

Human Resources Careers: What to Expect

Successful HR professionals possess a high level of integrity, confidentiality and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an understanding of business management, finance and marketing. In this article, we will explore the history of human resources, career options in HR, and an industry outlook.

June 24, 2019

Health Care Administration Careers: A Complete Guide

The health care field is a broad industry, and it’s growing larger by the day. In addition to medical professionals, hospitals and other organizations require skilled employees in many other areas. Health care administration is a worthwhile career choice, and we’ve compiled 13 of the best career options.

May 10, 2019

10 Career Choices for Your Criminal Justice Degree

Seasoned criminal justice professionals understand that their job opportunities reach beyond a career as a police officer. They can create positive change for their communities by using their degree and experience to serve and excel in many different positions. Whether you are currently employed in the field or are considering a career change, here are some options for careers with a criminal justice degree, as well as their educational requirements.

April 23, 2019

7 Professional Development Ideas to Boost Your Career

There are many reasons why you may be looking for professional development ideas. Whatever your reason for wanting more out of your career, there are a variety of ways to invest in yourself. What are some examples of professional development?

February 11, 2019

Job Searching? Boost Your LinkedIn Profile With These 6 Quick Tips

LinkedIn is an excellent avenue to help you position yourself as a professional in your workplace and industry. Here are six quick tips to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile to go from rookie to professional.

August 23, 2018

Increasing Your Interview Impact [Webinar]

Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of the job search process. What do you wear? How should you act? What is the most important thing to say? What should you not say? Join Columbia Southern University for a webinar discussion and Q&A session on “Increasing Your Interview Impact.” Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews the four P’s to help you present your best self in your next job interview.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

August 14, 2018

How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile [Webinar]

If you’re like the millions of working professionals who use social media, you are acutely aware of the vast amount of content that’s shared, liked, posted and commented on every day. Creating a social media profile that stands out from the crowd is especially important for those who are using social media as a tool to facilitate their next career move. Join Columbia Southern University for “How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile,” an in-depth webinar discussion and Q&A session.

August 7, 2018

What Does Your Cover Letter Say About You?

If your resume is the conversation, then your cover letter is your handshake. A lot can be communicated by a handshake, right? The same is true of your cover letter. When applying for a job, the thing people most often fret over is the resume. Yes, it should be perfect and tailored to the job to which you are applying, but it is only a piece of your application puzzle. In order to really give a sense of who you are and the value you will add to the department or company you wish to work for, your cover letter needs to be thorough and specific.

July 3, 2018

What's the Difference Between Business Casual and Business Professional? [Infographic]

Like it or not, many employers say it takes less than a second for a candidate to make a first impression. Use this guide to ensure you’re making the best first impression possible with what you wear, setting the course for a stellar interview.

February 22, 2018

Do These 4 Things Before Submitting a Job Application

The most important part of submitting a job application is wowing your potential employer with previous experience, skills and how you are the perfect fit for the job. This is especially important for adults who are changing careers after years of work. Don’t let careless errors keep you from landing your dream job. Review this checklist before you submit.

February 15, 2018

What Does It Take to Become an Emergency Medical Services Administrator?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 15 percent increase in employment for EMTs and paramedics by 2026. As the need of EMTs grows, so does the need for emergency medical services administrators. If you’re a good problem solver, an effective communicator and someone who’s interested in the business side of emergency services, you may have what it takes to be an EMS administrator.

February 13, 2018

4 Tips for Crushing Your Career While Earning a Degree

If you’re like most adult learners, you’re busy balancing your priorities to accommodate your schoolwork. Family commitments, volunteer opportunities and an engaging social life are all important, but keeping up with your current job is also essential while earning your degree.

January 16, 2018

We Asked Top Fire Alums to Share Their Best Rookie Advice: Here’s What They Said

Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone. Learning rules, regulations, station procedures and policies can be quite a challenge for a newbie. To help rookie firefighters and officers, Columbia Southern University reached out to several fire officer graduates to get their tips for success. Here are a few of our favorites.

December 1, 2017

Want a Career in Psychology? Here Are 11 Psych Specializations to Consider [Infographic]

The word "psychology" is derived from the Greek words "psyche" (mind) and "logos" (knowledge or study). This infographic explores 11 areas of specialization in psychology including forensic psychology, sports psychology, child development and more. 

November 16, 2017

7 Careers to Explore With Your MBA

According to Fortune Magazine, MBAs are the most popular graduate programs in the United States. Earning a Master of Business Administration can qualify you for new positions, help you become more employable and potentially help you earn a higher salary. What are some of the best post-MBA career paths?

November 9, 2017

Ask These 5 Questions Before Transitioning Into a Civilian Career

Making the change from military to civilian life can be tough, especially for those who aren’t sure what they want to do outside of their service. Assessing your strengths and utilizing them in the next chapter of your life will lead to a successful, fulfilled life as a civilian. Before starting your transition to civilian life, review these questions to identify the possible steps for your next career.

September 6, 2017

Public Administration Careers: What Options Are Available?

Pursuing a public administration degree is a smart choice for business professionals who want their careers to span over multiple organizations or industries; however, there are so many career opportunities out there, many students have a hard time deciding exactly what to do after graduation. Public administration is the understanding and implementation of public or governmental policy. In other words, public administration exists to turn policies into service. Here are six options for public administration careers.

September 1, 2017

8 Benefits of Using Career Services to Land Your Dream Job

For many, landing their dream job might seem like a distant goal. CSU’s Career Service Department helps you identify your career goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. With a broad range of services available, Career Services is a valuable (and free) tool for students and alumni to use.

August 15, 2017

How to Change Careers: Your Step-By-Step Guide

Are you thinking about how to change careers? Whether you’ve been at your job for years or just want something new, a career change might be just what you need to revisit your true passions. Here are a few tips to help you snag the dream job you’ve always wanted.

August 10, 2017

7 Traits of a Good Manager

It’s been said that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. And judging by the number of times people change jobs over the course of their careers, it appears that a good manager is a rare gift. What makes a good manager? Many share these seven key personality traits.

July 25, 2017

Need a Change? How to Navigate a Career Change in Your 40s

According to a 2014 Gallup Poll, less than one-third of U.S. workers feel engaged in their jobs. Dissatisfaction like this in the workplace is what causes many individuals to change career paths later in life. If you are considering a dramatic career change, here are four tips to transition with ease.


July 25, 2017

12 Jobs for the Master of Public Health Graduate

A Master of Public Health degree can open the door to the health care industry, and it gives graduates a wider range of knowledge about the field. After completing your MPH, you can use your expanded knowledge of the industry and health policy to create better outcomes for those around you. The job outlook is bright for graduates with a master’s in public health. In this article, we’ve listed 12 of the many kinds of jobs you can get with an MPH degree.

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.