Career Planning Articles


Early career spotlight: One student's journey to become a physician's assistant

Makenzie Haensel is no stranger to challenging, new adventures, and she’s about to embark upon one such opportunity yet again.

This fall, Haensel, 23, is one of 26 students who will pursue a physician assistant, or PA, degree at the University of South Dakota, a highly competitive program that routinely admits approximately 26 students per year, which amounts to accepting just 2.5 percent of applicants. With a 16.9 percent population increase in Sioux Falls since 2010, Makenzie’s chosen career path is also critical to the area’s growth, as hospitals are increasing care for more patients.


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Road to 2026: Best career advice for talent today and tomorrow

People are always asking for my advice on the best careers for their family members. While there’s no magic bullet when it comes to workforce, there’s one thing we know for certain: South Dakota and the rest of America will continue to experience change. Change comes in many different forms for workforce; there are social, economic, environmental, scientific and technological changes because of innovation. While there’s no crystal ball, we do know that areas related to science, engineering, mathematics and technology continue to turn innovative ideas into reality for job-seekers.


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