Fake news stories make the rounds covering every topic from celebrities to sports to businesses. So this may have you wondering what can actually be done to stop this. To help clear up some of the confusion, we connected with legal experts to weigh in on the topic.
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To help you get a better handle on the value of a marketing degree, we took a closer look at some of the outcomes and the work it will take to succeed as a marketing professional.
Aspiring logistics workers can learn a great deal about the field from the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy. We asked supply chain professionals to help identify some of the big-picture takeaways from this situation applying to the overall logistics industry.
What makes these programs so great? We took a deep dive into some of the important facts and figures that make the School of Justice Studies a smart choice for future professionals. Take a look!
We identified some of the new or emerging technologies that are enough to have anyone on edge. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with some of these futuristic technologies and figure out if the fears are excessive or acceptable.
When you look at it in the right way, there are lessons to be learned from the foes and fodder of these slasher flicks. So in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve identified a handful of the horror movie characters you may come across in your time as a real-life graphic designer and what you can learn from their behavior.
There are plenty of benefits of electronic health records for both healthcare providers and patients alike. Keep reading to learn just some of the ways EHRs are making changes for the better in the healthcare industry.
Job descriptions are designed to give you a taste of the technical aspects of a job, but they just can't capture it all. Take a look at five important things you won't find in the radiologic technologist job description.
Learn how one Rasmussen College student improved her life by earning her degree and inspired others to follow in her footsteps.
Let's cover some of the most common, unhelpful pieces of client feedback you’ll inevitably encounter throughout your design career. And even more helpful, we’ll give you some tips on how to maximize the revision process.
Unfortunately, not everyone is going to be a hot shot on the trading floor — so what jobs can you get with a finance degree? This article will help you get a better idea of the practical jobs that align with a degree in the field and the qualifications you’ll need to land one of these impressive roles.
We connected with a handful of seasoned professionals who launched their careers with graphic design internships. Keep reading to hear their best insight about why internships are important for budding designers.
By asking the right exit interview questions, human resources professionals can glean constructive feedback for improving their organization. But which questions should you ask and why? We compiled the most valuable exit interview questions to help HR pros take advantage of an otherwise negative situation.
After years of working various jobs to keep your family afloat, you've finally reached the point where you're craving something more. You don't want a job-you want a career! But before your head explodes from all the worries that come with changing careers, take comfort in the following information: there are entry-level tech job openings out there and you could land one without a four-year degree!
Before you pursue a technical support role, why not learn from the people who’ve been there before? In this article, we asked IT professionals to share what they wish they knew before working in IT technical support.
We gathered a combination of expert insight, government information and real-time job analysis data to provide you with the answers to all of your burning questions. Inside you'll find seven common questions about becoming a web developer.
While Hollywood hacking portrayals have improved substantially, there are still plenty of tech tropes still floating around that cause people who know better to shake their head in disbelief. With the help of tech professionals, we’ve identified some of the more egregious examples and explain the reality behind each.
It's no secret the world is a hectic place that leaves many people stressed, but what can you do about it? We've identified 7 stress-relieving activities to help keep you centered.
There’s a lot to compare when making your decision: the classes you’ll take, the number of jobs out there and the work you’ll eventually be doing. We put together this side-by-side comparison of marketing versus management so you can determine which degree is the best fit for your future.
Currently, the biggest division line for web development is front-end verses back-end development. To give you a better idea of where your skills would be best utilized, we laid out the differences between the two and asked web developers to weigh-in on what it takes to succeed in each area.
What exactly do user experience (UX) designers do and how do you become one? We enlisted the help of experienced design pros to take a closer look at how to define UX design and what it takes to launch a career in this evolving field.
This infographic will help you take a closer look at the state of the industry. Take a look at some of the promising opportunities to be found in logistics careers.
To help you fight the fear of the unexpected, we spoke with Rasmussen College nursing student Camille Brueggen to share her insight and offer some advice for those following in her footsteps. Keep reading to learn about six things that surprised her during her nursing school clinicals.
The world of marketing has extensively evolved in complexity as new technology has transformed the way marketers reach consumers. Nowadays, there are several types of marketing specializations to accommodate this dynamic profession.
Recent research suggests that earning a college degree can pay off six times more than a high school diploma ... and criminal justice degree holders can expect to see better than average returns on investment.
With so many specializations within business degree programs, it can be a bit daunting when trying to decide which best fits your interests or career aspirations. To help you decipher the diversity, we broke down a list of some of the most common types of business degrees, the courses to expect and some examples of the jobs you can do with them.
Some law enforcement agencies have started equipping their officers with police body cameras, but not everyone is on board. To help understand the dispute, we enlisted some experts to weigh in on the pros and cons of the devices.
We all know that money isn’t the only thing that matters in life. That said, it doesn’t hurt to know which jobs could lead to higher earnings – especially when you’re just starting out. To make your job easier, we identified six of the most promising entry level tech salaries for 2016, projected by the Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide for Tech Professionals.
December was another busy month around our Rasmussen College campuses! Learn about some exciting plans and check out what we were up to during the holiday season.
Let's face it - human resources isn't really the most glamorous looking department within a company. But there are many appealing aspects of the job of which you may not be aware. We combined government data with expert insight from HR professionals to identify some of the top reasons for working in HR.
Rasmussen College students and campuses were busy last month. Learn about some of the events and recognition that took place in the month of November.
It’s only natural for a graphic designer to have a process as they take on new projects. A graphic design process can help keep designers and projects on track. But where do you start when trying to develop a process? Learn some insider insight from graphic design gurus.
We combined real-time job analysis data, government information and first-hand knowledge from seasoned accountants to give you a better idea of whether or not enrolling in an accounting program makes sense for you. Get some answers to your burning questions and determine if an accounting degree is worth it or worthless.
As you've likely discovered in your research, a nurse is never just a "nurse" — a nurse can be a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) or numerous other job titles. We've already covered the LPN versus RN debate, now let's explore RN versus BSN.
For many new designers, setting a freelance graphic design rate is alien territory. Lucky for you we enlisted a handful of experienced designers to help create this handy guide to freelance design pricing.
Throughout your college career you will learn and develop a number of graphic design skills, but how do you know if they will help you find a job? Once you graduate, the plan is to be armed with all of the tools you'll need to be successful in the industry. Well, I'm here to let you know what those tools should be.
Despite its incredible scale and importance, logistics is an industry that flies under most people’s radars. So what is logistics, really? We enlisted some experts to answer that very question.
You know that being a preschool teacher would be rewarding. But what you don't know is how to become one. Consider this your lesson plan containing everything you'll need to get your career started.
There’s a whole lot more to the field of graphic design than just creating logos, and graphic design job titles reflect that. Use this interactive map to discover which positions are in highest demand in your area.
Separation anxiety in toddlers is completely natural; however it can make life difficult for you as a parent as your toddler makes the transition into the preschool classroom. We’re here to help with these tips for parents to ease separation anxiety in toddlers.
We compiled a variety of business management facts to help give you the confidence you need in choosing business management as your major.
Want to become a web designer? This guide lays out everything you need to know to get started in this demanding yet rewarding creative field.
We asked experts who are experienced working with special needs students to provide a little insight into their daily duties so you have a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in this specialized teaching field.
You’re probably asking yourself, “Where do animators work?” The truth is, animators work in a wide variety of industries, and in roles that vary quite a bit from what you might expect to find in the studios of Disney or Pixar. We used real-time job analysis software from Burning-Glass.com to identify the top industries hiring animators, which illustrates the variety of specialized opportunities available.
There are plenty of teachers and parents who choose to incorporate mobile devices into their classroom curriculum or their own children’s at-home learning routine. If you fall into that category, we enlisted some early childhood educators to share some tips and tricks to help you navigate this new territory of preschool technology.
If you are a college student seeking a business degree synching up with professional organizations is a huge asset to your career. Read more about the top professional organizations for business.
We’ve created this interactive map using real-time marketing intelligence from Burning-Glass.com to help you get a better idea of how your state stacks up in demand for supply chain and logistics positions.
Today there are more than 100,000 sworn female police officers in the U.S. This list highlights and celebrates some of the most influential female police officers and explains how they impacted the field of law enforcement.
There are a lot of household objects that—while safe for adults—may cause serious injuries to young children and babies. But fear not—we’ve enlisted Rasmussen College’s School of Education dean Mary Muhs to provide a checklist of essential baby proofing items and “to-do’s” for every home child care provider. So, how safe is your home for children?
What have you missed in 2014? We take a look back at our most popular blog posts of the year.
We're bringing in the New Year with a compilation of our most popular business blog posts in 2014. What have you been missing?
Are self-paced online classes the right environment for you? Use this checklist to find out!
In his previous career, Bloomington computer science graduate Michael Gunderson would be elbow-deep in auto parts, trying to piece together the remnants of a vehicle; now he is rolling his sleeves up and piecing together something entirely different-software. These jobs may seem vastly different but both boil down to piecing together parts of a system in order to make it more reliable and efficient. This is how Gunderson has moved from nuts and bolts to scripts and syntax.
Every day college graduates deal with a truly frustrating phenomenon in their job search-"entry-level" positions that require anywhere from one to five years of experience. Their first instinct might be to throw their hands up in defeat, but there are ways to make these seemingly impossible experience requirements seem a little more reasonable.
On most occasions, reading up on pension plans and retirement planning would probably put you to sleep. But there's a good reason to get excited if you're getting started in law enforcement. Changes to Minnesota's public employee pension plan have resulted in a substantial increase in retirements-which could open the door for a wave of new officers and promotions.
Proper etiquette is nothing new for most people. You grew up with your parents constantly telling you to mind your manners. But for those who grew up without some sort of computer screen inches from their face at all times, proper "netiquette" may seem a bit mystifying. We're here to help with nine simple guidelines for how to be on your best behavior in an online classroom.
Rasmussen College will be hosting a live Baby Safety Google+ Hangout on Air with a panel of experts discussing important baby safety issues and tips.
The struggle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa has been the source of a lot of foreboding-and some would say alarmist-stories about the spread of the disease. As medical professionals, nurses need to be prepared for how to ensure the safety of their patients while also addressing their concerns about this deadly disease. To help we've compiled this list of six Ebola virus facts to help nurses understand the disease and address the concerns of their patients.
Fargo medical lab tech student Brittaney Lettow has found a new career focus that, while practical, is far from dull. Here is how she plans to help doctors diagnose potentially life threatening diseases.
In order to make sure you and your classmates get the most out of your online classroom discussion posts, we've created a guide of do's and don'ts to help improve the quality of all discussion posts.
Twin Cities criminal justice student Anthony Kapets never thought he'd go to college. In fact, he says the idea seemed downright preposterous, admitting that he far from a model student in high school. But years later, after two enlistments in the military, Kapets is now on the front lines of a college education.
Nothing gets a person's priorities in line like becoming a parent. Knowing that you're going to be responsible for the life of another human being puts a good deal of pressure on you to not only get by, but thrive. After all, someone else will be counting on you soon. Twin Cities design student Adam Leonhardt has used that pressure as a motivation to push himself toward earning his degree and setting a solid foundation for his young family. This is how Rasmussen College has helped Leonhardt lay that foundation.
There are a precious few times in life where it just seems like the stars have aligned and by some stroke of luck everything in life is going your way. Fargo health information management student Brenna Welton is currently in the middle of one of those great runs of luck. However, attributing her recent string of success to just luck is selling Welton short. As the saying goes, you make your own luck. This is how Welton, with the help of Rasmussen College, created her own luck and began a new career she never imagined possible.
What's better than playing an amazing video game? Making an amazing video game of your own, of course! Florida game and simulation programming graduate Rebecca Long has done just that.
Tampa LPN graduate Aneta Bigos, like most of her college classmates, decided to attend college in pursuit of a better life. What sets her apart from many others though are the literal and figurative lengths to which she has gone to reach her goals.
Tampa medical assisting graduate Emily Prior has found her calling in the healthcare field. But in all honesty, she never had much doubt about her chosen profession. Prior grew up with "a lot" of family in the medical field and always thought she wanted to be a nurse. Couple that with the satisfaction she found helping others and it was only a matter of time before she found her way to a direct patient care role.
When trying to determine which career to pursue, there are a lot of questions to consider. What's my earning potential? Will I be able to find a job? What's the work/life balance like? All of these questions are important to consider, but the most important question for Wausau graduate Michele Weyer is whether or not she'll be able to make a positive impact through her work.
Surgical techs play a unique, hands-on role in the medical field and the skills needed to succeed are just as unique. The usual descriptors like "team-player" and "dedicated" are all great to have, but these five skills identified by surgical techs will help you stand out.
Whether you like it or not, your family shapes who you are and what you do. Fargo, North Dakota, medical administration student Tahirih Field is no different. Her parents were medical professionals and, although she isn't pursuing the hands-on roles her parents held, she knows the field can provide the stability she wants for her own children. This is how Field balanced the needs and influence of her family to find the perfect fit at Rasmussen College.
Changing careers, especially later in life, is a massive undertaking. It's challenging to walk away from a field where you've built a foundation of knowledge and competencies through experience. New Port Richey, Fla., accounting student Don Auger made the difficult decision to embrace the challenge that comes with change. This is the story of his motivation to change careers and how his journey from nursing assistant to accountant has progressed.
It takes a special mindset to pursue a career in law enforcement and often the motivations for becoming a police officer are wildly different from those in other careers. To keep with the spirit of National Police Week, we've asked Rasmussen College criminal justice students and graduates why they've chosen to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Frederich Nietzsche really was on to something when he wrote: "What does not kill me, makes me stronger." Twin Cities-based paralegal student, Jennifer Smith Van Nest, is a great example of that-a difficult divorce and legal battle for custody of her daughter could have broken her spirit; instead she used it as fuel in her pursuit of a paralegal associate degree.
A career isn't always a linear progression-sometimes you have to zigzag and stumble a bit through different jobs until you find the right fit. Bloomington, Minn., health information technology grad Katrina Oberhelman did her fair share of zigzagging before finding her way into a career in the medical field. This is how she made her way there from a start as a would-be firefighter.
Romeoville, Ill., business management student Robert Kroll says the difference is night and day when he comparing his experience at Rasmussen College to the waitlists and absentee advisors he found elsewhere.
How hard is nursing school? To answer this we've asked several nursing students and graduates to tell us what they thought was the hardest part of nursing school, and what they did to overcome these challenges. Here's what they said:
Finding a job in a sluggish economy can be brutal, and often, employers have lofty expectations of their pools of applicants. Students looking to secure a job need to find unique ways to stand out from the crowd in order to compete. Green Bay, Wis., graduate Peggy Sonneson found the right mix of education and extracurricular work to land her dream job in her field.
Criminals don't care about the gender of a police officer-they don't fight extra hard to get away from males and they're certainly not worried about being courteous around female officers. You've got to be tough to make it in law enforcement, no matter your gender. Mankato, Minn., criminal justice student Stephanie Beighley knows all about that toughness as she works her way toward a career in the justice system.
It turns out being established in one career track doesn't necessarily mean you want to stay on it. A recent survey conducted on behalf of Rasmussen College shows that 45% of 35-44 years olds considered changing careers.* The survey was conducted in early 2014 and asked more than 2,000 workers aged 18 to 55-plus whether they've ever thought about changing their current job.
It's no secret that happiness is important in the workforce-happier employees are more productive and are less likely to look for work elsewhere. In fact, a study to be published in the Journal of Labor Economics, shows that happy workers are 12% more productive than those for who aren't happy. With that in mind, a recent survey* conducted on behalf of Rasmussen College set out to find which industries have the most satisfied workers.
Few things held Ft. Myers, Fla., student Karen Sentner's attention like art and design while growing up. But like a lot of artistically inclined young people, a time came where she had to decide whether her passion would become a hobby or a career with which she could support her family. The choice was easy for Sentner.
What's the difference between a lawyer and a paralegal? The number of jokes made about them. Now that we've got that out of the way, we've decided to compare the two roles in terms of salary, career outlook, job duties and education required so you can decide which route into the legal field is the best option for you.
Are you on the fence about going to college? It's only natural to have doubts about your ability to succeed. This article highlights five successful Rasmussen College students who held a variety of those same concerns before making the jump back to school.
Land O' Lakes, Fla., student Lesley Johns had hit a peak professionally. Her career had plateaued after years of working as an LPN, so in an effort to broaden her career horizon she decided to branch out and enroll in Rasmussen College's health information technology program.
A classroom full of kids bouncing off the walls can sound like a nightmare for some, but it's exactly where Appleton, Wis., early childhood education grad Kathleen Pynenberg wants to be.
If Wausau, Wis., human resources student Ellen Volhard ever needs a new hobby, she may want to consider juggling. Between raising her kids, working full-time, attending school and dealing with everyday life she certainly developed a skill for rapidly shifting her focus.
Earning a degree while raising kids is not for the faint of heart. Keeping your kids fed and at least somewhat clean can seem like a tough task on its own some days, but when coupled with the demands of college level coursework your daily responsibilities can seem daunting. Don't worry, we're here to help. We've compiled the advice of students with children and have come up with some tips to help improve your study skills and make your life a little easier.
Failure was not an option this go-around for Brooklyn Park, Minn., graduate Kathryn Schmolke. She had all the motivation she needed when she made the decision to enroll at Rasmussen College and earn a business management bachelor's degree-she had previously spent four years at a state university with little to show for her efforts. "I felt at the time that I had wasted four years and I knew that getting my degree is something that I needed and wanted to do," Schmolke says. "I was so determined that it was kind of a 'nothing's going to stop me' situation."
Tampa, Fla., graduate Lynn Hummel never imagined she would earn a medical assisting degree. In fact, she didn't have her GED until she was 32 years old. Looking back at where she was before attending Rasmussen College, Hummel says she can barely believe she's come this far.
News flash: The best computer programmers don't always make the best managers. They may write beautiful code but they might not have the soft skills necessary to manage others without ruffling feathers.
Sometimes a school is worth waiting for. Or at least it was for Rockford, Ill., nursing student Kerstein Bracken. She earned an associate degree in medical assisting from Rasmussen College in 2011 and planned to pursue another associate degree in nursing immediately after graduation. Waiting lists at other schools and the news of the nursing program eventually coming to the Rockford campus, however, made her decide to wait.
The stability and financial gains that can come with earning a degree can be very beneficial for a young family. But the time and attention required to raise a family often takes from the time and attention needed to earn a degree. The answer to this conundrum for Marcie Duke, like many others, was to leave school to focus on her family. But Duke didn't give up on her goal of eventually earning her accounting degree. Thanks to the online courses she took at the Bismarck, N.D., campus, she earned her degree while still raising her family.
It took years, but Rasmussen College criminal justice student Nicholas McNamara has finally found a fit. McNamara attended college in brief spurts with varying levels of success before and after his time in the Marine Corps but he never seemed to find a school that addressed his needs... until now.
It can be easy to forget the variety of opportunities available to you as a citizen of the United States. But for recent immigrants like Peter Ukpo, the opportunity to earn a slice of the American Dream acts as a constant motivator.
This first-of-its-kind training academy will be taught by Rasmussen College instructors and licensed deputies from the Cass County Sheriff's Department.
Typically, the results of personality or career aptitude tests should be taken with a grain of salt. But, Rasmussen College graduate Patrick Joyce can look back on the results of an aptitude test he took while attending school to become a police officer as a clear sign of his true calling. According to the test results Joyce's top occupational suggestion was nursing, while police officer was around fifth.
Hard work can take you a long way in life, and few professions understand the value of a hard day's work like farmers. Mankato, Minn., accounting graduate Lisa Seidl grew up in an agricultural family and although she has career plans beyond the farm, the work ethic and values she developed there have never left.
A good budgeting app can help college students keep track of their finances and help them find areas where they can cut back. Most budgeting apps can cover the basics-this article will provide you with five budgeting apps that stand out from the crowd and explain how they can help keep a college student's budget in order.
Most industries have a ceiling for how far you can climb without a degree. Fort Myers, Fla., accounting graduate Jennifer Kickbush found herself up against that ceiling before enrolling at Rasmussen College.
Do you want to be an everyday hero? Are you just the right amount of adventurous to think running into a burning building or racing through traffic to get to a terrible accident in order to save a life is something you'd want to do? Well then a career as a firefighter or emergency medical technician (EMT) might be right for you.
The odds were certainly not in Luke McDonald's favor. McDonald-a recent game and simulation programming graduate-dropped out of his Ocala, Fla. high school during his freshman year, and although he earned his GED and eventually found himself a job, his future prospects weren't looking great. McDonald's mother saw he was in a funk and one day encouraged him to make something more of himself and continue his education.
Green Bay, Wis., professional nursing student Dana Hainer is more than ready to start her nursing career. She enrolled in nursing school years ago but received a last-minute phone call that would dramatically change the course of her life. The adoption agency she'd been working with for months was calling to tell her that her application was approved and that she could adopt her first child. "I chose to pursue the adoption and put my career on hold," Hainer says. "Little did I know it'd be a long stretch before I could get back to it."
Jake Johnson remembers running around as a kid playing with police toys, trying to stop the "bad guys" from carrying out their latest diabolical scheme. He most likely never thought much about making it into a career at the time, but as an adult Johnson has dedicated his life to stopping the "bad guys"-both in military service and now as a police officer.
Jennifer Kromrey finally has within sight her lifetime goal of earning a bachelor's degree. In the meantime, she has racked up an impressive series of accomplishments.
If you've completed your military career and are trying to decide what to do next, a common next step is to enroll in some form of secondary education. Though the worlds of academia and the military are incredibly different, military experience provides a base of discipline and knowledge that can make college after military service easier than you might think.
This article will address some of the challenges of online learning as well as provide you with five tips to help improve your chances of success in online classes.
For most people, a trip to the doctor's office is not the highlight of their week, so a frosty nurse making them feel unwelcome can add to their stress. Fortunately for any of her future patients, Brooklyn Park Practical Nursing graduate Melinda Odegard has been making people feel at ease her whole life.
The concept of online classes can raise a lot of questions for someone who has never been enrolled in one. This article will serve as a guide to the uninitiated, and will help clarify some of the common questions beginners have about online courses.
A good way to judge a person's character is to see how they respond to adversity. Nicole Gumke, a graduate of the Fargo Surgical Technologist program, is a great example of someone who went on to persevere despite setbacks.
Love can have a profound effect on a young man's priorities - just ask Brooklyn Park Business Management graduate Jared Sebesta. At 18, his son was born, and from there the course of his life shifted substantially.
New Port Richey Criminal Justice graduate Don Greene spent most of his life helping to build his community, both literally and figuratively.
After completing his military career, Rob Johnson was unsure of what to do next with his life; what he did know was he wanted a career that would provide him with the same sense of pride he had from serving his country.
Deciding what to do with the rest of your life at age 18 can be a very challenging decision, and it's one Eagan Health Information Technician (HIT) graduate Jennifer Knutson knows about this firsthand.
Four accomplished Minnesota law enforcement officials offered insight and their perspective to Rasmussen College law enforcement students in Eagan, Minn.
Joe Ashline never could've imagined the games he played and the friends he made while online would inspire a career. But it did.
The prospect of dealing with blood is enough to deter a lot of people from pursuing a career in the medical field. Rasmussen College student Krystl Taylor is not one of those people. From an early age she was fascinated by medical procedures and the healthcare profession. "As a kid my mom used to watch those real surgery shows on T.V. and I would just stand in the hallway since I wasn't allowed to watch with her," said Taylor. "I've always just loved that stuff." With that early interest in the medical field, it's no surprise Taylor is now well on her way to an associate's degree in nursing.
Derek Clifton didn't have to return to school. In fact, he already had a degree and a steady job. However, after pursuing a career in music education Clifton found he was ready to make a change.
Rasmussen College, in partnership with VOLT Workforce Solution, will be hosting a Military Service Member and Spouse Resource Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The resource fair is open to the public and provides military service members and their spouses a chance to meet with potential employers, develop their job seeking skills with workshops, and learn about the benefits that are available to them.
Rasmussen College campuses across the country were recently abuzz with Career Expo attendees looking to network their way to their next job. The Career and Networking Expo was open to the public, and held on several campuses from Sept. 9 - 13. Attendees were able meet with potential employers, learn of new job opportunities and develop their job-hunting skills through resume critiques and mock interviews.
Rasmussen College student Stephen Anderson has covered a lot of miles before coming to the Rasmussen College Blaine campus to earn his degree in accounting. After high school, he briefly attended college but dropped out to spend five years in the Navy serving as a Master at Arms - the naval equivalent of military police. "The military got me ramped up and ready to get a real job, but with the way the job market and the economy crashed it ended up being a big wake-up call," Anderson said.