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Volume 2  |  Issue 4

October 2012



Are you less than passionate about your current job? If so, you're not alone. Day-to-day repetition, mounds of paper work, menial tasks, and demanding bosses can all put a damper on how you feel about your work. The good news is you can take steps to improve your situation (beyond just handing in your resignation!) and find yourself living to work instead of just working to live.


Step back and reflect

Take an honest look at your job situation. What do you like? What would you like to change? Think about all aspects of your job, not just your job responsibilities. Do you like the people you work with? Do you respect your boss? Is your office close to home? Is your work space comfortable? Does your company treat you well? Are there advancement opportunities for you? After you take all of these factors into consideration, focus on those that you are happy with and take the time to appreciate them. Then make a list of those that you are not happy with and decide their overall effect on you and also your ability to change them.

Determine the fit

Consider all of the tasks and responsibilities that make up your job. Do they coincide with your strengths or expose your weaknesses? Do you enjoy some but dread others? Is there anything missing in your job that you are really good at or passionate about? Your answers to these questions can help you determine if your job fit is a good one, which is fundamental to job satisfaction. If you are able to do what you like and are good at it, work will feel less like work and success will come more easily.

Get creative

Think about all the changes you'd like to make to your job. Are there any you can make right now? Are there others that are possible but may take a year or two (or ten!)? Even if you can't make a change in the short term, come up with ideas and a plan for making it happen in the long term. Having clearly defined long-term goals can add purpose to your day.

Speak out

Talk with your boss about your ideas for change that can either help save time or money to the department or company and that will give you additional projects or responsibilities that you would enjoy. Share your goals. Give your perspective. If your boss is part of the problem, talk with HR. You may be able to lay the groundwork for a transfer to another department or begin training for a totally different job within the company.

In the end, your job or company might fall short in delivering what you need to be passionate about your job. But do yourself the favor of at least trying to work with your company to find a job situation that will increase your passion and ultimately make you — and them — more successful.


Join us for an hour of insights and interesting conversation as master career counselor Cathy McGinnis leads a discussion about job satisfaction and gives tips for bringing more purpose and passion to your profession.

DATE: Monday, October 15, 2012
TIME: 5:00-6:00 p.m. (MST)
VENUE: Online via WebEx. Link will be provided upon registrration.
PRESENTER: Cathy McGinnis, National Certified Master Career Counselor for University of Phoenix and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
REGISTER NOW: laura.lee@west.edu

Cathy has been a career counselor for 17 years and has helped many people bring joy back into their jobs by focusing on their individual interests and talents.

Come to this career event prepared with your questions. In the meantime, take the time to register for West's One-on-One Career Coaching resources. Simply log in to west.edu/alumni and visit the Fast Track Career Tools page to get started.


What do you plan on covering at the career event?

I plan on talking about ways to make work more satisfying and less stressful. I'm also going to talk about the importance of becoming your own advocate and learning how to restructure your job responsibilities to play up your individual talents and interests.

What is a good first step toward falling in love with a job again?

You should think about all the reasons you took your job in the first place. Then you should think about all the ways that your job is meeting your needs, whether it's working with people you like and respect, or doing things that give you a real sense of purpose.

Why do people fall out of love with their job?

Sometimes, people don't like their job if it doesn't let them do everything that they love to do. But it's just not realistic to satisfy all your passions in one place. I tell people that they have to feed some of their passions outside of work and find other ways to make their jobs more fulfilling.

At what point should a person admit that the "love is gone" and it's time to move on?

There are signs, for example, if you are waking up stressed in the middle of the night or feeling mentally or physically drained. Another sign is if people you know say that you've changed and are being really negative when you used to be really positive. If you're at this point, then it's probably time to move on. However, if you find yourself with the same attitude in your next job, then you have to consider the possibility that the issue might be more with you than with the job and that there's something else you have to work out for yourself in order to be happy.

Subject Matter Expert for Human Intelligence
U.S. Army, Fort Huachuca
Sierra Vista, AZ

It is no wonder that Polly Webb's children were beaming with pride at their mother's graduation from West. Polly had overcome adversity to complete her studies and graduate summa cum laude. Polly's is an inspirational story of guts, determination and the power of positive thinking.


Why did you decide to go back to school?

I have four children, and I wanted to show them that no matter what your circumstances, if you have drive and motivation, you can do whatever you set out to do.

What circumstances were you facing before you enrolled at West?

I was enlisted in the Army and working as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib when I was injured; upon redeployment with my unit and after several surgeries, I was ready to get on with my life. I decided to get two degrees: an AAS in Intelligence Operations, as well as a BA in Behavioral Science from West.

Why did you choose West?

Since I was getting two degrees at the same time, in addition to working full time, I needed the flexibility that West offers. I liked that I could choose between attending classes in person or online. When I was going to West, they conveniently had a satellite campus set up at Fort Huachuca, where I work.

What are you current job responsibilities?

I work in the Military Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca. I first taught interrogation operations to soldiers, but now I act as an advocate for them, helping them get what they need to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. I like seeing the soldiers succeed and knowing that I've had a positive impact on them.

The West Community appreciates the dedication of our military servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Thanks to Polly and all of you for your service to our nation.


The new University Marketplace is better than ever. Visit 24/7 and find literally hundreds of top-name retailers and service companies offering big savings and cash-back opportunities. Cash back is a new feature at the Marketplace, which rewards you for your purchases. The cash back adds up fast and can be requested via PayPal™ or a check whenever you reach $20. Another new way to save is with Spot ON Deals.


Spot ON Deals can save you up to 80% at local merchants, popular stores and web sites. These incredible deals (like a $50 dinner certificate for $20!) are emailed to you directly. Once you purchase a Spot ON Deal, you'll get an email voucher to use right away.

To get in on all these great discounts and cash rewards, simply login to west.edu/alumni, click on University Marketplace and go to the Sign Up page, then watch your email inbox for more information about the Spot ON Deals. Happy shopping — and saving!


The new West Friends & Family Referral Program makes it easy for you to help people you know achieve their educational goals. As a West alumnus, you can invite friends, family, neighbors, coworkers or anyone else you know to save 10% on West tuition for the first 48 months of their enrollment! West grads who return for a master degree can also save.


The Friends & Family 10% tuition reduction is available to students who register or start class by June 1, 2013. To qualify, a new student:

  • Must be referred to West by you or another West alumnus (current West students, faculty and staff may also make referrals)

  • Cannot have been enrolled at West during the past 365 days

  • Will not be able to combine the 10% tuition discount with any other offer, waiver or grant

To get started, have your referrals contact a West Enrollment Counselor at 1-866-948-4636.

And while you're at it, why not come back to West yourself for a master degree? West grads who enroll for a master degree can also take advantage of a 10% tuition reduction. It's a win-win: you and your friends or loved ones enjoy the tuition reduction, gain new knowledge and a boost for your career development, and can support each other on your educational journeys. Alumni who wish to reenroll at West can contact Chanel Tran at 602.492.1121 or chanel.tran@west.edu



West grad Tonya Norwood catches up with Academic Counselor, Chris Hand.

A packed crowd of West alumni and faculty attended this summer's mixer in Scottsdale, AZ. West Professor Bill Hecht gave an interesting and insightful presentation about the economy and where trends might take the U.S. and the rest of the world over the next five years.

One of the more intriguing concepts presented by Hecht was "reflation," which Hecht defines as a deliberate attempt to make fallen asset prices rise. He cited that monetary policies of the last 10 years have attempted this very thing on many occasions. You can catch up with Hecht's latest views on the economy and world markets by visiting the West Community Blog.

Did you miss the mixer? Check out photos.

Take a minute now to register for West One-on-One Career Coaching. A recently coached alumnus raved, "My career coach gave me confidence. I strongly believe her advice and suggestions helped me get noticed at the company where I now work." To find your own career coach, go to the Fast Track Career Tools page on the alumni website.

Haven't joined the West Alumni Connection yet? Do it now, so you can take advantage of all the complimentary benefits that are available to alumni, including career tools, networking events, money-saving discounts and much more. Sign up today.

Want to be more actively involved in the West Alumni Community? Attend or help out with alumni events, become a blogger at the West Community Blog or volunteer to be a mentor to help fellow alumni or active students accomplish their educational or professional goals. Find out more.




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