Desiree Sinkevich

Desiree is a Content and Social Media Coordinator dedicated to helping students find success through motivation and engagement across multiple channels. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s English Writing program, Desiree is an abnormally avid reader who is writing the first chapter of several novels she hopes to someday publish.
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Graduate of Online Veterinary Academy Joins VCA Animal Hospital as Veterinary Technician

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 9/26/19 11:00 AM

Recruiting and retaining dedicated employees who are a good match for your company, and are passionate, reliable, and talented is a struggle for hiring managers in any industry. In a high-stress field such as animal medicine, it can be especially laborious for practice hiring managers to source, train, and retain skilled talent. It becomes even more so when your candidates need to meet certain prerequisites, such as experience in the field, basic knowledge of how animal medicine works, and - depending on the position - national credentials. Adding to the often arduous and expensive process, hiring managers or veterinarians also must balance the workload for current staff and attempt to ameliorate potential problems in order to avoid the higher than average turnover veterinary practices face.

Whether you’re filling positions at a private veterinary clinic or a corporate one, ensuring you find the right fit in almost all categories can be essential to building and maintaining office morale, improving the quality of patient care, and increasing practice revenue. You’re looking for someone like Jennifer Guidry.

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Topics: Vet Tech, workforce development, Military Spouse, Veterinary Medicine

Employers: Setting Clear Expectations for New Hires Saves You Money

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 4/25/19 11:00 AM

High employee turnover is a growing issue in a myriad of industries, from manufacturing to retail, and can cost a company over 30% of annual wages per vacant position. The Society for Human Resource Management estimates that it takes forty-two days, on average, to fill an open position and the cost-per-hire hovers around $4,129. Recruiting and retaining quality candidates is a priority for employers and, in order to find top talent that will offer a return on their investment, some are using a sense of exclusivity to cull the herd of applicants. However, in order to hire and keep employees who are passionate about what they do and who will grow with the company, transparency and inclusivity are a must. “Find a reason to hire a candidate,” Marie Davis, Penn Foster’s Director of National Employer Partnerships, says, “not a reason to turn them away.”

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Upskilling

Bending the Arc of Potential: Creating Economic Mobility Through Innovation at the ASU GSV X Summit

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 4/17/19 11:00 AM

It’s no secret that the modern workforce is in flux. Advances in automation and technology continue to transform the American economy and with it, the skills required to secure meaningful work. Combined with a growing skills gap, the workforce landscape in the United States is changing at a rapid pace. The solution is complicated. It will require government reform and creating educational pathways that lead to a secure future, and will take the joined efforts of industry experts in education, training, and workforce development, in tandem with policy makers, to navigate the new skills economy. 

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Topics: workforce development, wage gain, ASU GSV Summit

Upskilling 2.0: The Rise of Working Learners and Learning Workers

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 4/11/19 11:00 AM

The concept that a four-year university degree is the only path that leads to meaningful, lucrative employment is outdated. In many ways, it’s an ideal that can’t keep pace with the swift technological advancement that is impacting employers and workers in a variety of industries. Employers struggle to find trained talent to fill skilled or middle-skilled roles. Workers, many of whom rely on steady employment and income, can’t afford to take time from that work to learn in a classroom setting, let alone pay the exorbitant tuition of colleges and universities. And, if they do take that time, the degree earned doesn’t necessarily provide them with the skills that employers look for, leaving many workers underemployed at best.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce development, Shift Happens 2

What Penn Foster Students Who Made the Jump to New Careers Can Teach Employers

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/12/18 11:55 AM

MikeLewisWhenToJump.jpgMike Lewis, entrepreneur and author, recently collaborated with Penn Foster Education in an informative and motivational webinar titled “Make Your Jump.” Lewis, a graduate of Dartmouth, left a prestigious job at a venture capital firm to pursue his passion—playing squash professionally. He teamed up with a panel of diverse Penn Foster students to share their stories and speak to the barriers that often hold them back from tackling their career goals. Though the insights gleaned from the conversation between Lewis and Penn Foster students Rocco, Brittney, and Kathy encourage other students and peers to make the jump toward the career they want, there are a few key takeaways that can inform the way employers approach career development for their employees. 

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, workforce training

The Skills that Matter: What a DXL Employee Can Teach us About Soft Skills Training

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/8/18 10:39 AM

In the retail industry, it can be difficult to find and retain reliable employees who have a developed set of soft skills. Whether hires simply don’t work out or leave to look for different career opportunities, low retention rates make finding strong leaders you trust to run the day-to-day operations of your business nearly impossible. One solution to boost retention rates and prepare your employees to take on leadership roles is investing in comprehensive soft skills training. 

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, soft skills, Retail

The Digitalization of the American Workforce: What it Means for Employers Today

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/28/17 1:00 PM

Innovation and adaptability keep the world of industry constantly moving forward, expanding business opportunities, offering more jobs, and nurturing a growing global economy. Advances in technology over the last few decades, however, have simultaneously created new jobs while rendering many other positions obsolete. Worry over automation and artificial intelligence replacing low and middle-skilled work has troubled a workforce that has been historically confident in their job security. But the digitalization of formerly analog positions is only the most recent “revolution” in a series of changes over the last several hundred years. For businesses looking to retain loyal employees and become competitive in hiring, embracing change and implementing comprehensive training programs is essential.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Learning and Development

The Importance of the Veterinary Practice Manager: A Q&A with Dr. James Hurrell

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/13/17 5:18 PM

Veterinary medicine has long been a thriving industry. Every pet owner wants to ensure their animal companion is at peak health. Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians study long and hard to learn how to properly diagnose and treat our furry friends. They’re very obviously vital to a thriving veterinary practice. But just as necessary is the Veterinary Practice Manager, the person who can confidently and efficiently run a practice. We spoke with Dr. James Hurrell (more commonly known as Dr. Jim to the students and staff at Penn Foster), an expert in veterinary medicine, to learn more about why veterinary practices need managers who aren’t the practice owner and how Penn Foster’s new Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate can help grow a strong practice.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, workforce training, Veterinary, Vet Tech

How Community Colleges are Expanding Course Offerings & Reaching More Students

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/7/17 10:39 AM

Pursuing higher education is often times considered to be a necessary path for attaining and maintaining a satisfying and sustainable career. Following the script of the American Dream — the idea that any hard working, ambitious individual can pursue and achieve their career goals — students matriculate to a university or college near them very soon after completing their high school diploma.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

Church’s Chicken Creates Career Advancement Opportunities with Stride for Success Program

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 11/29/17 1:31 PM

Since 2015, Church’s Chicken’s Stride for Success program, offered through a collaboration with Penn Foster, has enabled employees to earn their high school diploma online, providing a path toward advancement and career success. By allowing employees the opportunity to complete their high school diploma requirements, Church’s Chicken provides a clearly marked path to a stable future with the company. Not only assisting employees in reaching their goals, Stride for Success and similar corporate learning programs empower those enrolled and can ease the burden of the high turnover rates the food industry is known for.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

 

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