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Is Organizational Psychology Training Right For You? by Ludmila Proslova, PhD

Industrial Organization psychology photo Have you wondered whether you should study business or psychology? You find people with all their quirks immensely interesting, you want to understand how and why some people emerge as leaders in groups and others are able to come up with the most creative ideas; you want to make a positive impact on people on people and organizations. But you are not interested in counseling individuals about their problems; you’d rather work with people in everyday situations. Oh yes, and you also would not mind having an in-demand career with high earnings potential. Well, according to governmental projections and O*Net Occupational Network data, one of the areas of employment with the highest potential to grow is industrial-organizational psychology (http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3032.00; http://msn.careerbuilder.com/article/msn-88-job-info-and-trends-the-promising-career-of-an-industrial-organizational-psychologist?SiteId=cbmsn488&sc_extcmp=JS_88_advice). Plus, rigorous training in highly transferable skills, such as understanding of person-job fit, people and management skills, research methods, writing, employment law, and business communication, give those with training in industrial or organizational psychology an advantage in establishing themselves in a variety of careers, ranging from human resources to independent organizational development consulting, from selecting top performers from across the globe for multinational projects to teamwork training for businesses, military, or non-profits. Whether you are an extrovert who loves being surrounded by people, an introvert who enjoys spending time researching or mentoring others one-on-one, or the “golden middle” type, there are excellent career options that will fit your preferred work style. One thing, however, is required of all in pursuit of fulfilling organizational psychology training and careers: motivation to always continue learning and developing your mind and skills. Faculty of Vanguard University Organizational Psychology Master of Science Programs have a lot of fun in their own careers, whether facilitating organizational change, conducting trainings, or researching for publication. We also had great fun designing this program to provide opportunities for students to develop a valuable skillset that should open many doors. Check out our course listings here

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How Adults Learn Today by Dr. Andrew Stenhouse

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAdult learners are primarily driven by three things: relevance, immediacy and convenience.

Relevancy

We file all kinds of data in our minds. And like filing cabinets, our brains get full and unorganized. Many adults have learned to function on a “need-to-know” basis. They focus on obtaining and retaining information if certain they will need to retrieve it at some point. In other words, they don’t want to waste time on information that has no relevance. In higher education, career advancement is the number one reason adults attend college. What they learn has to have relevance. I have often said that when teaching adults, “if it doesn’t matter to them, they won’t bother to learn it.”

Immediacy

It’s not just the kids who have grown accustomed to instant access to information. We all have quickly learned to download and watch movies and read books the moment we get the urge. While we all agree that there is nothing quite like the smell of a bookstore and the touch of actual paper, we turn to our Kindle or tablet for an immediate and less expensive option. Likewise, while we all know there is nothing like an IMAX with surround sound, we often turn to Netflix for an immediate and less expensive experience. Adults expect to learn the same way – fast. This is why learning on YouTube is outpacing college and universities worldwide.

Convenience

Along with everything else on-demand, we now have life-on-demand. We have grown accustomed to life-work integration replacing life-work balance. The majority of adults understand that the great divide between personal life and professional life has become pretty thin. Today we parent our kids while we’re at work via text and Facebook, and we work the same way while away from our jobs. We parent from work and work from home. The question for adult learners today is not when we learn but how we learn. The when is a given – now. We need convenience to fit our now-oriented schedules that are no longer static, but are now dynamic. We scroll through our phones and tablets while in the stands at a soccer game, waiting in the doctor’s office, or catching some downtime between kid’s events.

In short, we learn what we need, when and how we want.

See how Vanguard University caters to the unique demands of the adult learner.  Contact Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, Dean of Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies astenhouse@vanguard.edu.

Andy

Welcome From The Dean, Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.

AndyWelcome to Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies.

My vision is for our School for Graduate and Professional Studies to clearly be Orange County’s top choice for a professional education with a Christian foundation – a place where you are empowered to discern your calling; discover your giftedness; and develop your competencies.

You will graduate from Vanguard confidently equipped for your profession. You will be extremely competent. Yet, you will graduate with so much more.  With so much conversation these days on only measuring competencies, many institutions are losing sight of what I believe are some of the most significant benefits of education – calling and giftedness. At Vanguard, you will develop more than your competencies. Your life will be transformed.

If you are like most adult students, you are looking for something more. Although you may be uncertain as to what specifically ‘more’ is, you know it’s time to make a change. It’s time to do more; time to be more. As with so many of our students, your time at Vanguard will be a time of discovering your dream – your true calling. And, along with discerning your calling, you will also discover your true giftedness, at a time and amid circumstance that warrant the discovery most.

In the School for Graduate and Professional Studies, you will be given a quality education in a caring community. The quality of your degree is evidenced by the academic reputation Vanguard University has with local employers. Your professors are leading experts in their fields and bring real-world experience into the classroom, often along with nationally renowned guest speakers. The material discussed in class is relevant and immediately applicable to your career. What you learn in class one night can be applied at work the very next morning.

The caring community of Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies is often what alums value most. Your professors are not only excellent teachers, they are compassionate mentors, living out their own calling, to passionately change lives through higher education. You will be encouraged and supported by a courteous, professional, and student-centered staff, that understands the unique demands of adult learners — many of whom have balanced work, college, and family themselves – who serve with empathy and support. Finally, you will be supported by your classmates. Relationships that begin the first weeks of class often flourish for years. This close-knit community not only provides a great support structure while in school, it provides an even greater professional network that lasts throughout your career.

If you are exploring how a degree from Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies can change your life, I invite you to call me directly. I am always eager to help people pursue their dreams.

Hope all is well.

Andy

Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.
Dean, School for Graduate and Professional Studies
T 714.668.6110 | F 714.668.6194

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When Mother Was Eleven-Foot-Four: A Christmas Memory, Professor Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

51xjPc9sEpL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-57,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_This beautifully written holiday memoir follows the tradition of The Christmas Box and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s the story of the author’s mother, whose romantic nature and love for Christmas left a lifelong impression on her son.Mother is a tiny woman–4’11”–except when life demands that she draw herself up to her “full height” of 11’4”. Christmas is one of those times. Father is opposed to celebrating Christmas, and every year the couple fights about it. And every year Jerry and the other kids eavesdrop nervously until their mother ensures that Christmas wins out.

When things take a turn for the worst, Mother and the boys find themselves struggling with poverty and depressed circumstances. Mother tries to make the best of Christmas at first, but when she loses the holiday spirit, her young sons decide to do something about it. In their attempt, they discover the true meaning of grace.  Order Here

MSN Interview Day II

Title: MSN Interview Day II
Location: Vanguard Campus
Description: Qualified MSN applicants with completed files will be invited to join us for the second MSN Interview Day. Priority registration will be offered to those who submit their full application first.
Date: 2011-11-18

MSN Interview Day I

Title: MSN Interview Day I
Location: Vanguard Campus
Description: Qualified MSN applicants with completed files will be invited to join us for the first MSN Interview Day. Priority registration will be offered to those who submit their full application first.
Date: 2011-11-11

Vanguard at CSU Dominguez Hills Grad Fair

Title: Vanguard at CSU Dominguez Hills Grad Fair
Location: CSUDH – Loker Student Union East Walkway
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Description: Graduate Admissions Counselor Lindsey Paulick will be attending this Grad Fair on behalf of Vanguard University. Stop by for information on any of Vanguard’s four graduate programs.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-09-26
End Time: 14:00

Workshop @ CSU Long Beach – Preparing for Graduate Studies

Title: Workshop @ CSU Long Beach – Preparing for Graduate Studies
Location: CSULB – Multicultural Center FO 3
Description: Come discuss the following with Director of Graduate Admissions Drake Levasheff:
This workshop is intended to help those who want to pursue graduate studies in psychology or education get accepted into their desired program and prepare for graduate studies. We will discuss choosing the right program for you, strengthening your candidacy, and laying the groundwork for success.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2011-09-21
End Time: 16:00

Vanguard Graduate School & Seminary Fair

Vanguard’s Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Dining Commons.  Graduate Admissions Counselor Lindsey Paulick will represent Vanguard at the fair.

Colleges wishing to register for the fair should contact Hassan Archer, Director of Career Development, at 714.556.3610 ext 4788 or hassan.archer@vanguard.edu.