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Choosing A Graduate Program on Flexibility and Quality

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Choosing a graduate program can be a daunting experience, especially in recent months. One of the critical factors is where applicants are in life (continuing student, married with kids). Students moving from undergrad to graduate often have an easier decision, choosing to stay at their current institute or guided by professors or future employers to select a specific program. For those who have been out of school for a few years, or even a decade or two, the vetting process (and ultimate decision) can be a bit more daunting. We often find flexibility, cost, time commitment (due to current work schedules and family), and culture are the top reasons for Juniata to be their final selection.

Despite recent challenges facing education, people continue to have career and leadership goals moving them to pursue graduate degrees.

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Careers in Organizational Leadership Grow! Here’s why.

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Most of us can agree on one thing- change is constant. Change across many industries and markets is leading to a surge of career opportunities in organizational leadership. Dominick Peruso, Chair of the Department of Accounting, Business, and Economics, states, “COVID-19 ushered in an era of need for systemic change and innovation within organizations. It has impacted everything from working remotely to employee recruitment. When you couple that with emerging issues in diversity, technology, and ethics, you can see why organizations are quick to hire experts in this area.” 

Before COVID, many publications shared that organizational leadership careers would remain in demand across the corporate, education, government, and healthcare sectors through 2026. As a result of COVID, this outlook has grown – with many professionals citing a decade-long upward trend. The reason? We have fundamentally changed the way we do business. Everything has changed; how we communicate with our employees, where they work, how we develop them for career growth, and how we deal with disciplinary action situations. So many of our leaders are specialized. Leaders focusing on organizational leadership (OL) are trained to develop frameworks for an organization’s success. 

So what does that mean in real life?

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An MBA with a Healthcare Administration Concentration is a Solid “Now” Decision

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In Pennsylvania, we recently saw Alison Beam succeed Dr. Rachel Levine at the Pennsylvania Health Department. Beam holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration and is just one example of the pathways available to those exploring a healthcare administration career.

The truth is the need for healthcare administration professionals exists across the nation, making it one of the upward trending career decisions in the United States. 

Why all this growth and will it last? 

The complications in healthcare, data, and artificial intelligence to drive decisions and an aging yet long-living population have driven the demands. Add to that all that we have learned during COVID-19, the expectations for growth are expected to continue well past 2030. People with a passion for healthcare administration and the right education are sought out by hospital systems, physician networks, nursing homes, home health agencies, and governmental positions. Consider compliance alone. As national administration changes every 4-8 years, so does the regulatory environment. Healthcare systems rely on administrators to ensure that they remain compliant while driving up quality care. 

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Adult Students Seek Options. Graduate Programs Grow.

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Options. That’s one of the most popular themes for 2020. As we work to figure out our futures, we look for options in our careers and training/education. People across the United States are being faced with making the best of a bad situation. For potential students, this can include taking on new job responsibilities due to corporate downsizing, rethinking recent career decisions, and starting over completely. For adults who already hold their bachelor’s degree, graduate programs can seem promising. That has meant a noticeable increase in first-generation graduate students.

Like any continuing education, graduate programs require some preliminary research and strategy, by the student, to best figure out which path to take and which school is the best match for them and their wallet. Because some job markets have gone from bad to worse during COVID, universities have had to revisit and reallocate resources into programs that are needed now. Dealing with that delicate balance, they still must address the new needs of their students, what’s happening now, and preparing them for the dramatic changes taking place in business and across industries.

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