Skills That Are Career Game Changers


Are you wondering whether your technical skills alone are enough to achieve success? Nowadays, employers expect you to have a combination of both practical and soft skills. Soft skills can make the difference between big wins and major fails throughout your career. These 5 skills are career game changers: Communication Effective written and verbal communication are important in every aspect of your career. Whether you work in an office or travel to customers’ homes, strong communication skills make a big difference. Practice these skills early on while you’re still in school. Communicate any questions or concerns you have with your instructor. People Skills Good people skills will … [Read more...]

The Far Reaching Benefits of Externship Experience

Linda Plecity - St. Vincent's Medical Center

Achieving career success starts with an education. Quality career training requires a combination of classroom instruction and practical, hands-on learning opportunities. That’s where externships come in! At Porter and Chester Institute, we understand the importance that externship experience bring. Externship experience in the Medical Assisting and Dental Assisting programs has far reaching benefits for both the student and the employer. Linda Plecity, Clinical Nurse Specialist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, oversees students who are training to become medical assistants. She says the staff loves having Porter and Chester students join the team and she … [Read more...]

10 Computer Shortcuts You Should Know


Whether you’re a student trying to complete an assignment or a worker out on the job, most people use a computer in some capacity during the day. Did you know that you can use computer keyboard shortcuts to help make your work easier and more efficient? Here are ten computer shortcuts that you should know: CTRL + C This is the “copy” shortcut. If you need to quickly copy text from one area to another, highlight the text and hit CTRL + C to make a copy that you can insert somewhere else. CTRL + X If you want to move text from one place to another completely, “cut” instead of making a copy, highlight the text and use CTRL + X. This shortcut removes the text from the … [Read more...]

An Employer’s Perspective: A Glimpse into Your Future


Porter and Chester Institute offers the unique opportunity to experience your new career path firsthand. Even before you graduate and enter the workforce, you can get a sneak peek into what your career might be like, with an externship. Through the medical assisting program, you’ll be placed on an externship to give you the real world experience you need to graduate and advance toward career success.  At Dr. Waterman’s Comprehensive Family Foot Center in Middletown, Connecticut, Jenn Mattison, a certified medical assistant, oversees the students who join the office through the externship program. Jenn trains and supervises students who are learning to become medical assistants. She says … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Save on your Electric Bill

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New England has the highest utility rates in the country. It’s no wonder you’re looking for ways to save!  Here are 7 ways to save on your electric bill. Can you think of any others? Make saving money on electricity a neighborhood contest. Have you ever noticed that your electric company compares your electrical usage against other ratepayers? Take that information and compete against your neighbors to improve your energy consumption! You can do it privately or choose a few neighbors with similar habits and see if they’d be up for an energy-saving challenge. Shut it off. Make a habit of shutting off the lights every time you leave the room. Don’t leave the television or your … [Read more...]

Why a Career in Computers Will Never Go Out of Style

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Are you a problem solver? Do you have a knack for technology? If you love computers, then make it your career. A career in computers will never go out of style! Here’s why: Computers are part of everyday life. Each and every day, almost every business uses computers and the networks they run on.  From email and payroll to secure networks, businesses depend on technology. Individuals also rely on their home computers and wireless networks to see TV listings and check their online banking and email. With more and more devices hooked up to these networks, there is a greater need for professionals who can perform set up and also troubleshoot them. Modern technology is constantly changing. … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Avoid the Application Black Hole


Everyone knows that the application process can be your worst nightmare. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as the ‘Black Hole’ of the job search due to the number of job seekers applying to the same jobs. There are so many different documents such as your resume, cover letter, references, etc. that you need just to fill out your application properly. With the standard application template, it becomes difficult to stand out amongst the crowd. Luckily for you, with a bit of effort and some job seeker “magic”, you can set yourself apart from the application and hack your way to that new job. Here are 5 Job Search Hacks to Avoid the Application “Black Hole” 1. Follow Recruiters on … [Read more...]

Hands-on Experience is Your Advantage


Let’s just pretend for a minute that you’re the captain of a dodge ball team and it’s your job to select the best players. The pressure is on and it’s your job to give your team the greatest chance to win. You find out that the players you can select come from two different backgrounds. Group 1: These “players” have studied everything there is to know about dodge ball. The only problem is that none of them have actually played the game. Group 2: These guys and girls learned to play dodge ball through experiencing it and playing it previously. They know their strengths and weaknesses and can tell you exactly what position they will excel in. Which group would you select your … [Read more...]

4 Soft Skills You Need as a Practical Nurse

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Have you wondered what a career as a practical nurse is really like? There’s more to being a nurse than taking vital signs or giving medications. To be successful as a practical nurse, you need both concrete and soft skills. These soft skills will help you successfully navigate your everyday life as a practical nurse: Compassion for Others When a patients’ health is at stake, emotions can run high. Your ability to relate to patients, their families, and your colleagues will help others cope with high stress situations. If you can understand and sympathize with how patients feel, then you can better help them. This passion and dedication can help you in all other aspects of workload, … [Read more...]