Career Experts Abby Kohut and Don Philabaum Get Behind University of Phoenix Approach to Helping Close America's Skills Gap

 Career Experts Abby Kohut and Don Philabaum Get Behind University of Phoenix
                Approach to Helping Close America's Skills Gap

New Phoenix Career Services enhancements continue University of Phoenix's
commitment to its students and alumni by helping prepare them to pursue their
career goals

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Jan. 29, 2013

PHOENIX, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --University of Phoenix® has brought
career services into the 21^st century with Phoenix Career Services^SM, a
comprehensive suite of services, tools and resources aimed at closing the
skills gap in the American workforce. Career experts Abby Kohut and Don
Philabaum will assist the University in explaining this revolutionary approach
in an effort to provide information to Americans about the education and
skills they need to find the job that fits them best and advance their
careers. Unemployment continues to be a huge problem in the U.S. and while
many Americans want to get back into the workforce, take their careers to the
next level or start a new career, some simply do not have the skills,
competencies or education required to fill the more than three million
available jobs in America today. 

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Abby Kohut, a human resources executive, recruiter and author of Absolutely
Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets, has built her career around helping people get
hired and succeed in their jobs. "There are jobs available in just about every
industry and market across the U.S., but not everyone is on the same playing
field when it comes to being qualified to fill those positions. That is where
education comes into play," said Kohut. "An effective career plan starts even
before a student has taken their first college course. University of Phoenix
is leading the way in preparing their students for today's competitive job
market by providing educational programs and career resources to their
students every step of the way. With the right curriculum and career services,
students can develop the skills employers are looking for throughout their
academic journey."

Through Phoenix Career Services, University of Phoenix has worked with its
large network of corporate and industry association relationships to develop a
strategy that aims to close the skills gap. Phoenix Career Services, which
includes innovative career interest and job market research tools as well as
one-on-one interaction with advisors, helps prospective and current students
make informed decisions regarding the degree program they choose by surveying
their interests first and cross referencing them with job openings and
employment activity in their specific geographic area.

"University of Phoenix is working to create a cultural repositioning, shifting
the conversation to the natural link between a 'quality education' and 'a
fulfilling and challenging career.' We want to show students the connection
between their education and a meaningful career in a way that opens their eyes
to possibilities they've never imagined," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president
of University of Phoenix. "One key innovation is expanding the career
exploration and planning process to include the pre-enrollment phase, the
student's academic journey and post-graduation. Phoenix Career Services helps
students explore their career aspirations in the pre-enrollment process, then
helps them create a personalized career plan upon enrollment to assist them
developing, through their academic journey, the skills and competencies
required to pursue their desired career."

Education to careers expert Don Philabaum, author of The Unemployed Grad and
What Parents Can Do About It, added, "One of the biggest challenges
prospective students and students face today is identifying the career and
degree that fits their interests, skills and passions. Phoenix Career Services
helps students by emphasizing career exploration prior to enrollment. Students
who have a better idea regarding what career they want may focus more on
completing their education and developing the skills needed by today's
employers. "

University of Phoenix is committed to serving the best interests of its
students and alumni; recent enhancements to Phoenix Career Services include:

  oCareer Interest Profiler: Allows potential and existing students to
    identify their professional interests and related careers to better focus
    their career search.
  oJob Market Research Tool: Provides potential and existing students with
    current and recent job and labor market information, to understand the
    demand and salary information for their best-fit career. Labor market
    information helps students make informed choices about their career path
    by learning about the current local hiring demand, typical salary ranges
    and in-demand employers. 
  oMy Career Plan: A personalized roadmap that enhances how the University
    engages with students by enabling students to create a detailed plan for
    their academic journey. This plan includes a student's educational path
    with the University, to help the student understand how their coursework
    can prepare them to pursue their desired career, and inform them about
    what leading employers are seeking in their workforce. 
  oCareer Preparation Tools: Resume and cover letter development as well as
    interview preparation services are available to students and alumni. Also,
    students can learn from a collection of content and videos to help prepare
    for a career change or advancement opportunity.
  oCareer Opportunities: A dynamic online source is available where students
    and alumni can access a wide variety of current career opportunities –
    from entry level to executive management – with leading companies across
    the U.S. Also, students and alumni may access PhoenixConnect®, an academic
    social network, and connect with a vast network to build connections and
    explore career opportunities.
  oCareer Events: The University hosts career events for students and alumni
    across the U.S. for them to learn about existing career opportunities and
    engage with employers.
  oCareer Coaches: Career coaching is planned for future release and will be
    available to students and alumni with a need for more specialized
    assistance with their education and career journey.

In addition, University of Phoenix understands that a successful student
experience must not only be about their academic commitment, but also their
financial commitment. While the University aligns students' professional
aspirations with higher education, it also offers students the opportunity to
have personal financial plans of how they are going to pay for their entire
degree program, not just for a course or semester. The University's Financial
Plan Tool is a new self-service tool designed to help prospective students
estimate tuition and fees for their entire degree program and build a personal
plan for how they will pay for it. The tool displays the estimated monthly
payment for any loans built into the plan, so that the student understands the
implications of his or her borrowing prior to enrolling. The Financial Plan
Tool also has been integrated into the early part of the University's
first-year course sequence in order for students to build their personal
financial plan as part of the curriculum. Creating individualized financial
plans before applying to the University allows students to be fully aware of
their potential future financial commitments and make more informed decisions
as to whether attending University of Phoenix is the right choice.

To learn more about Phoenix Career Services, visit
www.phoenix.edu/careerservices, and for more information about University of
Phoenix's efforts to help close the skills gap in the American workforce,
visit www.phoenix.edu.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit
http://www.phoenix.edu.



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Contact: Christopher Fielder, University of Phoenix, 847-285-2608,
christopher.fielder@apollogrp.edu
 
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