It’s 2013! Time to pursue a degree or complete the one you started previously.
Benefits of a degree
The benefits of holding a degree are immense. Many companies require a degree and, while job postings will typically include equivalent work experience, hiring managers are more likely to show preference to an applicant with a degree over an applicant that has no degree but multiple years of relevant experience. In recent weeks I’ve spoken with several people on this very subject, and each knew that they would be considered for a promotion or enjoying higher pay raiser if they only had a degree. Plus, having letters after your name is kinda fun.
Finish your degree
if you abandoned a degree program for some reason, then you are already ahead of the game. Many universities offer degree completion programs where they will evaluate your past credits and determine if they are still acceptable. Some accept certifications and other professional qualifications for credit, so you may be closer to completion than you realize. Rather than assume that your prior course credit no longer has value, you should set up time with an enrollment counselor and let them evaluate your course transcripts and qualifications.
Pursue a degree
If you have never pursued a degree in the past (for whatever reason), then you need to make 2013 the year that you take that first step. Do some investigation work and see what kinds of degree programs are available in your neighborhood/city/state.
Where to start
The advice I usually give people when they say “I just don’t know what’s available” is the following – open your favorite browser and use the keyword phrases University of and State University for all 50 states (for example “University of Arizona” and “Arizona State University”). That will yield 100 universities right off the bat. Then get creative with your searching. Here in Arizona the big three universities are Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University, but there is also Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona Christian University, Grad canyon University…and the list goes on, not to mention the various for-profit educational institutions and community colleges. It’s free to look, and you will be surprised by the diverse range of disciples and programs that are available in our nation’s educational institutions.
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