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By Shannon Walker
President of the Canyon Business Club, Colangelo College of Business

As many business students know, being a “business major” is a very broad field of study. Unlike other majors such as nursing, pre-med or education, there isn’t a clear or direct career path that will lead you to a specific job. While this can be a liberating feeling, it can also be overwhelming. But what can help, is knowing that you’re not alone. Canyon Business Club is a network of driven business students that are going through it all together.

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A generous benefits package can make a huge difference toward worker engagement and retention. Many people consider all of the benefits along with the salary offer when deciding whether or not to accept a job. And a survey done in 2015 says that about 80% of employees would choose more benefits over a pay raise.[1]

Some companies are known for their over-the-top benefits packages. They offer things like onsite massages and haircuts. While many other businesses offer simple benefits packages including health insurance and retirement. But because benefits are so important to workers, it is important for HR departments and business leaders to consider additional perks.

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GCU students always bring their A-game and this past spring was no exception. In February of 2018, a group of students from GCU’s Colangelo College of Business banded together to put on GCU’s second annual TEDx conference. This committee of students include Dominic Pachuillo, Laura Arnold, Josh McGuire, Marco Burgarello, Julia Sena, Elijah Kattke, Brandon Orozco, Justin McLean, Emma Harris, Konno Bennet and Jedidiah Woods.

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The Academic and Career Excellence Centers (ACE) and Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) partnered with the Colangelo College of Business to help students prepare for career fairs. This workshop was attended by more than 100 students on September 12. Representatives Ann Williams and Aysha Bell spoke on the importance of making a strong first impression when interacting with employers at networking events, job and internship fairs. Williams and Bell also offered students tips on how build a strong resume, interview effectively and utilize the Career Connections tool available to help students find employment opportunities.

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By Dr. Randy Gibb
Dean, Colangelo College of Business

Capitalism and free market principles have brought more people out of poverty and created a world that is more prosperous than ever before.

For this reason, our business college is proud of the impact our students and graduates are having on the community as they create and capture economic value while learning about business as a force for good. Business is about solving problems and providing a good, product or service that helps people’s lives — while elevating humanity.

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People who work in the fields of fire protection, emergency medical response, law enforcement, environmental safety and emergency management all have one thing in common: an enduring desire to protect the safety and welfare of others in their communities. If you’re interested in pursuing any of these careers, then consider earning your degree from Grand Canyon University. The Colangelo College of Business offers a B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management.

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Grand Canyon University is constantly showing that it is dedicated to putting their students on the path to success and they outdo themselves with their hospitality program.

Hospitality is a thriving industry that is taking the country by storm, especially in Arizona. Hospitality management professionals oversee the operation and customer service and are the reason for the success of a hotel or restaurant. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor in Hospitality Management helps prepare students for careers post-graduation and beyond.

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Accounting technology has always improved to make crunching numbers easier and more accurate. From the abacus to the calculator to the computer program, each iteration has helped take the calculation burden off the accountant, giving them more time to consider theory, ethics and business practices. With GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting, you’ll learn that accountants aren’t just people who figure out the taxes, they’re people who can guide companies into secure financial futures.

And today, the trends in accounting are supporting that goal more than ever.

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