Our 10 Most Popular Stories of 2019

We launched The Link in 2017 to help adult learners navigate every step of their academic journeys. Since that launch, our stories about topics like degrees, careers, online learning and more have been viewed nearly 100,000 times.

We analyzed which of our articles were viewed most often in 2019 across search engines, social media, email newsletters and more. This list represents a selection of 10 of our most popular stories of 2019, some of which were published as far back as 2017.

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1. Benefits of Earning Safety Certifications

Along with formal education, a growing number of employers are looking for occupational safety and health experts who hold voluntary safety certifications. The question isn’t whether you should seek certification, but which certification you need. Although there are dozens of options to choose from, the most well-known and widely sought-after are included in this list of safety certifications.

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2. Why Business Degrees Are Worth the Investment

Earning your degree is a big commitment. Working adults have limited time – especially when they are also raising families or volunteering in their communities – so it’s smart to do your research. Business degrees are appealing because they are some of the most flexible academic programs available, offering education in areas that are relevant for many different organizations. But they also require a significant investment in time and effort. Here are the many reasons why business degrees are worth it.

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3. Earning a Degree While on Active Duty: What You Need to Know

Working toward a degree while serving on active military duty is much different than attending classes on a traditional campus, or even taking online classes from home. Before you take on the challenge of earning your degree, there are some key points to know that will increase your chances of success.

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4. 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.

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5. Major Reasons Why Adults Go Back to School [Infographic]

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for adults to return to college, especially with the flexibility that distance education can provide for busy students. Maybe it’s a personal reason or maybe it’s due to job advancement. No matter the case, going back to school can change your life. Here are six reasons why adults go back to school.

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6. Occupational Health and Safety Trends to Watch in 2019

Until recently, much of occupational health and safety has been focused on detecting unsafe conditions and the assumption that the majority of workplace accidents are attributable to unsafe behaviors. As such, for at least the last decade and a half, the statistics regarding workplace injuries have gone largely unchanged. Companies spend more time mitigating risks after an accident has occurred or been detected than preventing them. The field is changing, though.

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7. 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.

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8. EMT Stories: Ready Responders On or Off the Clock

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are tasked with some of the most important duties in the medical field. The work of an EMT is incredibly challenging, but it’s also exciting, exhilarating and uniquely fulfilling. Here are some of our favorite real-world EMT stories.

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9. Continuing Education: Why It’s Worth It

Continuing education is a broad term that describes any learning acquired after a student has earned their undergraduate degree. As the term implies, students already have a college education, and they are continuing it. It applies to all types of education, including degree and non-degree courses, certificate programs, work training, personal enrichment, and self-directed learning.

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10. Hurricane Preparedness: How Fire Departments Prepare for the Worst

The words “hurricane prep” often bring to mind visions of boarded-up windows, grocery store aisles cleared of bread and milk, and reminders to bring in loose items and head to the nearest shelter. But what about the people who are charged with responding to calls for help and helping manage public safety? What does it take for a fire department to get ready for a major storm?

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Looking Ahead

Whether you’re just starting to think about pursuing an online degree or you’ve already graduated and accomplished much in your career, we’re here to provide you with information you can use to continue reaching your academic and professional goals.

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