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Be the “Master” of Your Education: Earn Your Masters Degree

By Phil Rogers

For anyone desiring career advancement, higher education is a must. One way to obtain this higher education is to pursue a Master’s Degree. Obtaining a Master’s is much easier the-college-pros11today than it once was, especially with the plethora of online Master’s Degree programs offered. You will be able to more quickly scale the corporate ladder in your career through obtaining this advanced college degree.

If you’re looking to make a change – whether it’s changing careers, getting promoted, or just moving on to a different company – getting a master’s degree is a great way to stand out. Employees with master’s degrees are generally find jobs faster, get paid more, and find their careers growing in ways they never though possible. Online colleges offer a variety of programs and many will allow you to study part-time. If you want an easy and flexible way to improve your education, an online master’s degree is what you need.

If you have a family or full-time job, the flexibility of online classes can be a life-saver. You can study and attend class any time of day or night; you also eliminate travel time, since all
the classes are offered right in your home. You can even attend a college in another state or country if you want, because all the coursework comes to you! Online classes are also a good choice for older or returning students, who might be intimidated by younger students in a traditional classroom.

In addition to the many colleges that offer degrees only online, almost all traditional Universities and Colleges offer at least some online degrees these days. There are a wide variety of online degree programs available, including Psychology, Criminal Justice Counseling and Nursing, to name just a few. In fact, no matter what area you desire to study, there is probably on online program available.

When one talks about going to college, the question of affordability comes into mind. Obtaining a graduate degree is far more expensive than an undergraduate degree. However, there is financial aid out there for those who are looking to get their Masters degree online. Loans, grants, and scholarships are just some of the ways you can get financial help. Your work may even offer to pay some or even all of your tuition. Of course to get financial aid you need to fit certain qualifications.

Many online college courses are available to earn your Masters Degree. Earning your degree this way gives you a great opportunity to use your time wisely and learn how to use the internet better. This is a great way to earn your degree in your own time, which will, most likely, lead to a better position and a higher income. When attending a traditional college you are under time restraints and must abide by a stricter schedule. You may not have the traditional college surroundings but you will have the same learning opportunities and the outcome will be the same Masters Degree.

About the author:
Phil Rogers is working two jobs, trying to find ways to get his Masters Degree Online so he can pay off his Credit Card Debt. He is also considering taking a Online Project ManagementCourse

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How Would You Fix the Economy?

Over the weekend I read this article from the St. Petersburg Times Sunday Newspaper . The Business Section’s question to the public was

“How Would You Fix the  Economy?”

The following was, by far, the BEST idea submitted.

Dear Mr. President,
Patriotic retirement:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force – Pay them  
$1 million apiece severance with the following stipulations:

1.They retire immediately. Forty million job openings – Unemployment  fixed.

2.They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered -Auto Industry fixed. 

3.They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis  fixed. 

It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their  
constituents pay their taxes…

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You Should Reconsider About Quitting College

By Justin Sloan

If rising tuition costs or personal concerns have made you consider dropping out of the-college-pros12college or “taking a break” I’d like to encourage you to reconsider. 

Don’t Let Cost Stand in Your Way 

If cost is your primary reason for reducing your college hours or dropping out completely first pay a visit to your school’s financial aid office. Have you applied for financial aid using the FAFSA? Priority deadlines for most colleges is late spring to early summer. However, most of the time students can still get some kind of financial aid as long as you apply before the school term begins. 

Another reason for visiting the financial aid office is there may be other sources of aid available to you that you are not aware of. Some colleges participate in state funded financial aid programs and special need based programs that you may qualify for. Your financial aid counselor can give you more information about alternative programs such as these. In addition, the financial aid office may be aware of local foundation and organization sponsored scholarships. 

In some colleges the financial aid office also handles scholarships. Other schools run a separate scholarship office. Either way, make sure you apply for all of the scholarships offered at your school. 

Many local social organizations such as the Lions Club, Business & Professional Women and Chamber of Commerce sponsor scholarships. Get out your local phone book and start calling  organizations in your area. You may be surprised at what type of local scholarships may be available. 

Consider College an Investment in Yourself 

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, people with a bachelor’s degree earn over 70 percent more on average than those with only a high school diploma. Over a lifetime, this will make a considerable difference in overall earnings, standard of living and retirement savings. 

The power of a bachelor’s degree becomes even more apparent when seeking employment. Applicants with a degree are much more likely to be hired for a position than those without a degree. Specialized study in college prepares workers for a job field or industry. A general or liberal arts degree will help workers gain employment in a wide range of fields. Often the field the degree is in is not important than just the fact that you have the degree. 

Finally, college is a time to explore your interests, talents and grow as a person. The experience you gain working with other students and professors will help you mature and be ready for not just the job market, but for deeper life experiences.

About the author:
Find tips about teaching second grade and how to teach vocabulary at the Teaching Quotes website.

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