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The Psychology of Self-Teaching: Why Testing Out Makes You A Dream Hire

Being an academic superstar is great, but the unemployment line is full of straight A students who couldn’t hack it on the job. The skills that served them well in school -- following directions, writing papers, sitting still -- were not enough for the new game being played around them.

After years of paying attention to things that don’t predict extraordinary performance, Google has finally identified what does. Not coincidentally, they are the same entrepreneurial traits students develop by taking a self-taught, exam-based path to graduation.

#1: Self-Reliance

What companies like Google are really looking for is the kind of person who takes ownership of a project and knocks it out of the park. Too often, meetings go nowhere because employees tiptoe around problems, hiding behind deflective statements like “let’s ask the boss” or “someone needs to figure this out.” (“Someone”, of course, meaning “anyone but me.”) These employees would rather be stagnant than risk embarrassment. The best employees think of solutions and move forward even if they might be wrong later on.

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The 5 Best Careers for Recent College Graduates

A college degree is no longer a ticket to success on its own. With tuition costs rising and hiring becoming more competitive, it’s more important than ever for students to get smart career advice.

In the Digital Age, the importance of technical skills to job seekers of all types will only increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, a small but diverse set of career paths are likely to account for hundreds of thousands of job openings in total through 2018.

One piece of good news is that, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are planning an 8.6 percent increase in their hiring of new college graduates in the coming year. With that pleasant fact in mind, here’s a look at some of the most promising career paths for recent college graduates to consider:

Management analyst:

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3 Smart Strategies to Kick Stubborn Study Habits to the Curb

How and where you study can make a big difference between passing and failing an exam or an entire course. With all the effort being put into your degree, don’t let poor study habits affect your academic success. Here are three simple fixes to get rid of the most stubborn study habits forever.

1.Eliminate distractions by using the resources available to you.

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In-State Tuition for Military Personnel

Many states are passing legislation to grant military members and veterans the right to in-state tuition wherever they enroll. Learn which states, and what you need to know about in-state tuition for military personnel.

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5 Ways to Make Studying Fun

There are many ways to make studying fun. Try these ideas from DSST for a more exciting study experience.

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5 Effective Ways to Learn Outside of the Classroom

Learn the most effectives ways to get an education outside of the classroom, from internships to mobile learning and more.

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Top Resources for Military Students on Twitter

DSST shares the top accounts to follow for military and veteran students on Twitter.

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Join DSST in San Francisco for AACRAO & AACC

Upcoming conferences! Join DSST in San Francisco for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ (AACRAO) 99th Annual Meeting April 14-17, 2013 as well as for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 93rd Annual Convention April 20-23, 2013.

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Active Military Stay the Course Through DSST

Recent sequester budget cuts for tuition assistance threaten to delay or derail active duty military from earning their undergraduate college degrees.  DSST exams remain funded.

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When It Pays To Be A Student

Learn about generous student discounts from major technology brands that make it easier to manage education costs as a non-traditional student.

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How to Stick to Your 2013 Education Resolutions

Tips from DSST on setting education resolutions for 2013 that you can really stick to.

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DSST Exceeds 50,000 Milestone on Internet-Based Testing Platform in 2012

The DSST program has surpassed 57,000 exams this calendar year. This is the first time the program has reached the 50,000 test milestone since moving to Internet-based Testing (IBT), in 2006. Active duty military, veterans and non-military college students benefit from DSST exams on IBT.

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3 Steps to Stay Focused In The Age Of Distraction

Nontraditional students have to work especially hard to stay focused while doing homework or studying. DSST shares their top tips for avoiding the lure of distractions and getting work done efficiently.

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Top Holiday Gifts for Students

What do nontraditional students really want - and need - for the holidays? Read on for DSST’s top holiday gift ideas for the adult learners in your life.

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3 Ways To Get Ahead During Thanksgiving Break

Suggestions from DSST on how to keep your brain sharp over Thanksgiving break and finish the semester with a bang.

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Motivation for Mid-Semester

As the middle of the semester approaches, these motivational quotes will give you the push you need to keep on studying and finish the semester with a bang.

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Advice from DSST Test Takers

Get advice on the DSST credit by exam tests from first hand test takers.

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College Credit By Examination: Is it For You?

Credit by examination programs allow students the opportunity to earn credits towards their undergraduate degree by taking a test. DSST (formerly known as the DANTES exam) and CLEP are two of the most well known options for credit by examination.

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Introducing New DSST Practice Exams

With the release of three new DSST online practice exams, more students can better prepare for Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet, Organizational Behavior, and The Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Helping Middle-Aged Veterans Go Back to School

The new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) provides monthly stipends to older veteran students returning to the classroom to help them cover education costs and finally earn their college degree.

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Introducing the New Flexible Degree

Like DSST, the new flexible degree program at the University of Wisconsin seeks to make it faster, easier, and cheaper for non-traditional students to earn their college degree.

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Back to the Books: A Profile of Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students are on target to overtake the majority - thereby becoming the new traditional students. This graphical view of today's returning student offers insight into how this unique group is shaking things up in education.

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Veteran Students Unite

After noticing a gap in the campus services available for student veterans, staff sergeant Blake Schroedter decided to start a program that would help more students like himself better readjust to civilian life.

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The Facts on Single Parent Students

New research shows that student parents, who make up 12% of those enrolled in college, accumulate more debt than students without children. Fortunately DSST provides a cost-effective solution for these non-traditional students.

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Finding Educational Opportunity

Mohawk Valley Community College announced the opening of an Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Utica to combat a percentage of adults with a college degree that is 10% behind the New York State average.

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Baby Boomers Go Back to School

Many baby boomers in the country are choosing to return to the classroom later in life in an effort to earn a degree and secure a job, usually after being laid off due to closures or downsizing.

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The Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions

The American Council on Education (ACE) recently released the Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions, an interactive online tool that outlines best practices, including counseling services, faculty training, and on-campus centers.

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The Benefits of Balancing It All

New information from the Apollo Research Institute indicates that non-traditional students who must balance both school and work at the same time earn a higher return on their education investment compared to traditional full-time students.

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The Veterans Upward Bound Program

The Veterans Upward Bound Program at Yavapai College helps veterans cope with the emotional and financial burdens associated with the returning to the classroom.

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Earning Credits Before College

Many high school students feel unprepared to enter college. That’s why more and more high schoolers are opting to start earning credit prior to Freshman year through AP classes, IB courses, and DSST exams.

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