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By Breanna Alverson
Business Administration Major, Colangelo College of Business

As a fourth year student in the Colangelo College of Business, I am about to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and roughly three years of work experience. While I would like to say that I have the practical knowledge to at once be an expert in my field, this would be a gross overestimation. However, I am prepared to start my career using the crucial, fundamental knowledge and theory I have gained in subjects such as management, human resources, accounting, economics, finance, marketing, public relations and the list goes on. Perhaps the most important skill I have learned in my studies is how to manage and effectively use one of man’s most precious resources: time.

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“And what do you plan to do with that degree?”

As scary as that question may be, it is an enlightening one, and one that most students will have to answer. Many students have become hesitant to commit to a degree program, in fear of earning a degree that will no longer be relevant or valuable by the time they enter the workforce. If you have never considered GCU’s Colangelo College of Business, it is absolutely worth looking into. In a world of competing industries, here is why there is no better time than now to pursue a business degree:

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In today’s competitive job market, it is common to receive rejection letters. After putting large amounts of time and hard work into applying for a position, it can be disappointing to be turned down. However, GCU students recently learned that there is a way to turn rejection into motivation!

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Colangelo College of Business faculty member Tim Kelley became an entrepreneur at nine years-old. He has done everything from mowing lawns, to owning a top-ranked real estate business.

Currently, he and his wife oversee multiple businesses involving construction, Spanish immersion preschools and a private equity fund.

Kelley first became involved with Grand Canyon University as an online adjunct in 2009. Since then, he has started Canyon Angels in collaboration with the Colangelo College of Business. This organization strives to be a channel for investors to make successful investments in young entrepreneurs.

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Looking to turn your business ideas into a reality? With the knowledge and skills you will learn in the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship, you can prepare to fund, develop and maintain your enterprise. If you are wondering how to get started as an entrepreneur, here are seven qualities that can help you to be successful:

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By Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

Starting your journey in business school can trigger a roller coaster of emotions. You become excited for the new chapter of your life and nervous, not knowing what to expect from your program. By sharing my experience, I hope to give others a better insight into what is to come, as well as provide tips so others can avoid mistakes I made.

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By Donna DeMilia, PhD, CPA, CMA
Associate Professor, Colangelo College of Business

As our students at Grand Canyon University are learning, LinkedIn is a crucial tool for new business people entering the workforce. Our Accounting Society members who attended the annual Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Student Leadership Conference last November were so surprised at how easy it was to maintain the contacts that they had made during the conference, that they initiated a LinkedIn training here on campus to promote this professional networking site.

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By Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business 

Career Week at Grand Canyon University took place in early March. A number of businesses visited GCU, providing students and graduates with an opportunity to find their future job. The Office of Career Services also hosted events throughout the week to help students on their job search.

Learn more about the week’s events and pick up some of the same tips that the students learned throughout the week!

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By Ed Slover, DM
Faculty, Colangelo College of Business

The dynamics of the 2016 workforce prove fascinating. It is commonly accepted that four generations comprise the workforce of today (Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/millennials), and each generation has unique characteristics. While these characteristics generalize the similarities and differences among generations, the fact remains that managing in the 21st century is a daily challenge given the diversity of the workforce. 

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