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Leadership Expectations Have Changed

Organizations that survived the pandemic had to address and meet new expectations amongst their employees; for example many wish to maintain the ability to work from anywhere, communicate digitally, address social change, and remain innovative. The companies who continued to thrive during COVID often already had cultures of resiliency and innovation which they were, quite simply, able to put to work. 

In a recent study done by the AACSB, the results echoed this, 1 

“Respondents believe leadership skills such as openness, empathy, resilience, and the ability to communicate will be of greater importance post-crisis. Pre-pandemic,13 percent would have pointed to resilience as a necessary leadership skill; post-pandemic, that number increases to 34 percent. Other front-runner competencies that will help leaders navigate the new normal are core humane skills such as altruism and mindfulness, according to respondents.” 

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Data is big news. Consider a Master in Data Science

Data is big news. From headlines that scream ‘Solar Energy Shines Brighter with Data Analysis’ and ‘How Can Big Data Analysis Help Professionals in the Music Industry,’ it’s no wonder that professionals across industries seek data science educational opportunities. 

Middle managers and young professionals charting their career path have always had to maintain an attitude of lifetime learning to bolster their promotability; there’s probably never been a more accurate statement to describe career advancement in 2021. One article, published in the UK, states, “Data is the new oil in terms of driving business competitiveness and innovation. As organizations increasingly rely on information from data for their decision making, the role of the data scientist will become ever more important.” 1

If you are a mid-level executive or young professional working in operations, finance, IT, and even in human resources, using data to assist you in decision-making is necessary. The industry you are in can push your decision even further. 

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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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