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5 Major Differences Between an MBA and an EMBA

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MBAs and EMBAs are both Master’s of Business Administration degrees that teach students the hard and soft skills they need to be executive level managers. Although following many of the same principles, these programs are different in a myriad of ways.

Discover how an EMBA is distinct from an MBA here as we unfold the major differences between the two degrees.

What Courses You’ll Take

An MBA program is formatted to familiarize new associates and recent grads with the different elements of business administration. Students are required to choose a specialty, which will allow them to become an expert in a particular field such as marketing or real estate. The curriculum includes electives to broaden a student’s understanding of the industry and better prepare them to enter a management role. In an EMBA program, the curriculum is more focused. Since students have already held management positions, electives are omitted and choosing a specialty is not a requirement. EMBA students will work towards refreshing previous knowledge, fine tuning skills, learning best practices for today’s technology driven world, and becoming better leaders.

The Speed in Which the Program Moves

Since an EMBA is a part time MBA program it moves at a faster pace. Students need to be familiar with many of the concepts that will be taught or they could risk falling behind. As a requirement, it is necessary than EMBA students have the extra knowledge and necessary experience to be successful in the fast paced environment. Most programs require than an applicant already hold at least five years of managerial experience. Alternatively, MBA programs are more introductory. A recent business school grad or entry-level associate would be able to follow the pace of an MBA program since it is fulltime and general in nature.

Who You Will Be Attending Class With

Most EMBA students are 32-38 years old. The reason they are older than the average MBA student is that EMBA programs require students to have more out-of-the-classroom experience before applying. Most applicants possess a minimum of five years in a management role and have already achieved success as a supervisor. If growing your professional network is a motivator for attending grad school, you’ll be pleased to know your EMBA classmates will be executive level managers with extensive experience and connections.

When You Will Be Attending Class

Unlike a typical college schedule EMBA classes are held in the evenings and weekends — so attending school shouldn’t interfere with your day job. Some programs will have a Friday component, but most employers are agreeable to granting a four-day workweek while you pursue your degree. Since classes are held at times that are convenient for working professionals, students are able to balance school and work without sacrificing performance.

How You Will Pay for Your Degree

You can pay for your degree using personal savings, or taking out a federal or private loan. Some students will be eligible for scholarship opportunities offered by their school, community or country. While the way in which you pay for tuition is unlikely to differ from one program to another, the portion that you’re responsible for may. Since EMBA students are able to continue working, their employer might offer reimbursement to cover the cost of attendance. Master’s of Business Administration of companies offered their employees full reimbursement for their EMBA degree in 2009. While your employer may not cover the cost in full, they may extend partial assistance.

Skin Care Guide: How To Prevent Breakouts

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Millions of people around the world suffer from acne and unfortunately, many products that are thrown at them don’t help. In fact, some of them actually make things worse. The good thing about acne breakouts is that they are preventable with simple tips.

•    Washing your face twice a day is very important whether you have acne or not. You should make it a point to cleanse in the morning after you wake up and in the night before you go to bed. Use a gentle cleanser; the harsher ones dry out skin leaving it vulnerable to tears which increase the likelihood of a breakout.

•    You must consistently moisturize; again, this is because when your skin is dry it tears easily allowing germs to get in that lead to breakouts.

•    If you are an acne sufferer makeup is not your friend so use it very sparingly and make sure that you use only very gentle and dermatologically tested brands.

•    If you have long hair that you let hang around your face it is likely that you get breakouts more often – hair gathers  dirt and other microscopic particles and in addition to that, the products that you use on it could also lead to irritation. It is best to hold your hair away from your face.

•    Stop eating junk; one of the best ways to have a healthy skin is to eat right. When you eat junk you are more likely to get breakouts. Especially avoid fatty foods.

•    Your pillow case holds a lot of oils from your skin and in the oils are lodged germs. Make a point of changing it every few days.

•    We touch our faces hundreds of times a day without knowing it. Although it is hard to do, try and make a habit of noticing when you are about to touch your face and stop yourself.

•    Once you have a breakout it is important to let it clear before you use makeup.

•    Stay away from the sun and strong wind as these tend to dry your skin out and leave you prone to breakouts.

•    A lot of acne sufferers make it worse because they are stressed. Either avoid getting to situations that are stressful or find a way to deal with stress such as exercise which also happens to be good for acne.

If you use these tips you will find that you get breakouts less often and they happen they don’t last long.

Can a Lollipop Get Rid of Your Hiccups? Find out…

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One of the most interesting parts of my job is the crazy stories I get to read. In fact, I read about so many crazy things, I thought I had seen it all. Well, that was until I heard about “Hiccupops”. I had been trying to figure out how to get rid of my hiccups and stumbled upon this crazy product. If you’re looking to figure out how to get rid of hiccups, Hiccupops are what you need. They are little lollipops that have some strange mixture of ingredients that actually trick your body into resetting your diaphragm. There’s a bunch of technical terms and junk but apparently they work!

The girl who invented them was only 14 when she came up with the recipe. She had been plagued with horrible hiccups and tried everything – drinking water upside down, gulping down pickle juice – yikes.

I’m looking forward to trying them (got myself a 5-pack). We will be reporting back with a full review of the product. The only hard part is going to be determining when that review will be. I tend to get pretty bad hiccups after dinner and drinks though, so it probably won’t be too long.

Before I stumbled on this lollipop, I (like the girl who invented these) had tried everything. Below are just a few of the hiccup remedies I had tried…

  • Drinking a full glass of salted water.
  • Drinking a glass of water upside down (very hard)
  • Eating a teaspoon of sugar
  • Inhaling as much as I could and holding my breath for 30 second, then releasing the air for 30 seconds (seemed to work sometimes)
  • Getting my heart rate up by doing sprints or jumping jacks (same idea behind having someone scare you)
  • Spinning in a circle (apparently the dizziness does something – didn’t work for me)
  • Eating a teaspoon of salt (definitely does not work)

What weird hiccup cures have you tried?

Unique Ways To Market Your Small Business

Occasionally we like to feature guest writers here on TheChicagoanMedia.org. Today we have Ryan Loveless from Digitalux, a digital marketing and SEO company located in New Jersey. Ryan was extremely helpful is taking our website from an idea to an actual site and we owe him and Digitalux a lot for that.

With over five years experience in digital marketing (which is pretty long considering that it is a relatively new field of marketing), the team over at Digitalux has worked with companies of all sizes to grow their online presence, bringing in tons of new leads.

I personally know Ryan and some of his coworkers and have constantly been impressed with how much they know when it comes to Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and SEO. Today he is going to walk you through his favorite methods to generate leads for small businesses.

We hope you enjoy! Read More →

Chicago Dad Builds Amazing All Terrain RV To Travel The World

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Bran Ferren, a designer from CA, has created the “KiraVan“, named after his daughter Kira

It is an amazing all-terrain truck that is built to take some serious hits. However, the interior is fit for a king. Ferren is the co-chairman at Applied Minds, LLC, where the vehicle was built. He built this truck specially for his daughter so that they could one day travel the world in style and safety.

KiraVan is built on a Mercedes-Benz chasis platform with a trailer attached for housing and storage.

View some of the amazing pictures below…

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Images: Applied Minds

Sources: KiraVan,