Balancing Management of Life and a Management Degree

For many of us, life already offers a full daily agenda, while moving at high-speed. Between a career, family life, and other responsibilities and obligations, finding time to incorporate new activities into our busy lives can seem like a daunting task. So when the thought of going back to college mid-career arises, it’s no wonder why adding college to their busy lives can feel like a big challenge. However, there are options available that offer flexibility within the pursuit of higher learning though online degree programs. More and more students are making the decision to go back to college by utilizing the opportunities online degree programs offer. US News & World Report published data showing that since 2001, enrollment in online college courses has increased by more than 800 percent. Once the decision is made to go back to school, the challenge becomes the balance and management of life while working to earn your online management degree.

Earning an online bachelor’s degree requires time and commitment. But as mentioned before, an online format also offers flexibility to work college courses into your schedule so it works for each individual student. It can be a balancing act to manage both a professional life at work, a personal life at home, and now a student’s life online. For some this is the biggest challenge. Michelle Lagos is one such student who faced this exact scenario. Michelle chose Linfield Adult Degree Program to pursue a degree in the social and behavioral sciences. Michelle was able to earn her degree, while still keeping her business running and having a personal life, though her biggest obstacle to overcome while going back to college was finding that personal, professional and scholastic balance. Michelle was able to find that balance, and not only was able to earn a degree, but also grow skills in other areas of her life.

Since completing her online degree at Linfield’s Adult Degree Program, Michelle has decided to continue her education by enrolling in an MBA, Master of Business Administration degree program. “Completing my Linfield bachelor’s degree online gave me the necessary tools I needed to thrive in an intensive online MBA program with Marylhurst University,” said Michelle. “With the nature of today’s business world, most communicating, project management, and exchange of information are conducted online. Educating myself through an online model is better equipping me for real-life professional experiences of the future.”

Earning an online management or social science degree mid-career requires students to find a balance in their lives so that they can incorporate achieving higher learning into their busy schedule. Though this can be a challenging task, the ultimate reward of earning your bachelor’s degree is worth it. It’s not just the lessons you learn from the courses that can be applied to your professional life, but also what you learn in terms of time management, prioritization and balancing a full schedule that will help you succeed.

If you are interested in learning more about our online degree programs, please feel free to request more information.

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Bringing a New Management Degree to your Established Career

You’ve been at the same company for the past 10 years. Though you’ve received promotions, taken on new work challenges, and gained valuable experience within your profession, you can’t help but to look for something new. A new challenge. A new perspective on life. Though the economy is starting to pick back up the job market is still limited and very competitive, making a new job a challenging prospect. Maybe it’s time to consider going back to college to earn the management degree you’ve always talked about. And with options available to earn an online degree, you would have the flexibility to be able to still maintain your current schedule, so you could continue to work, attend to your other responsibilities, all while still achieving a higher education.

Taking online classes to earn a college degree is a different experience for many, as the classes do not take place in what many consider a traditional, physical classroom. However, these courses still offer the same opportunities to learn from, and interact with classmates and instructors, but in an online format. Taking classes online not only offers students the flexibility that many of them demand, but it also exposes them to a variety of new experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have encountered.

Bringing a new management degree to your established career helps better prepare you for future challenges and complexities of the business world. But pursuing your education in an online management degree program extends your learning beyond just the courses. Learning in an online environment exposes students to a new kind of learning, which can prove to be valuable as they can apply these education and learning techniques into their career. Students also have an opportunity to interact with individuals who are from all walks of life, with various societal, educational and professional backgrounds. This exposure opens ones eyes to other people who are making the similar decision to go back to college mid-career, and allows them to hear different perspectives and ideas within the management field.

Making the decision to go back to college while mid-career is a big one, but one that will impact both your professional career and personal life. Earning your management degree online not only allows you to advance your education in a field of interest, but also gives you an opportunity to expose yourself to another style of learning, as well as to other individuals who are in similar situations. Many of the lessons learned in an online environment cannot be taught in the classroom or while on the job.

For more information on our online management degree or our other online degree programs, please contact us.

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Earning an Accounting Degree in an Online Classroom

Online college education continues to grow in popularity for the flexibility and accessibility the format offers. Students value being able to complete their online degrees while continuing to work or seek employment, and maintain their at-home life. A concern that some students have before enrolling into online courses is how specific classes or courses will work in an online format.

For accounting courses, the transition to online is easy.

“Accounting is particularly well-suited for the online environment,” said Jeff Edwards, Accounting Instructor, Linfield Adult Degree Program. “The technology and the learning tools in accounting are probably more advanced compared to other subjects. For example, a pre-formatted Excel template used for homework helps save students time, so they can concentrate their focus on accounting concepts, rather than Excel set-up.”

Online accounting degree programs utilize a number of tools that help students during their studies so while they study and learn, they are also able to receive immediate feedback. The Homework Manager System is one such tool. This program allows students to work through practice problems while receiving immediate feedback to help students learn and understand the concepts before they attempt the graded problems. Instructors can also provide students with audio and visual resources, such as narrated PowerPoint lectures that are incorporated into the online classes to enhance learning.

Though a class may be online, the instructor-student interaction is still crucial to learning. In addition to the various tools that can be used to help students earn their online accounting degrees, instructors are available to answer questions, participate in online discussions and provide feedback on course work.

Returning to college as an adult is a big decision. In addition to some of the normal factors one must consider, including degree and institution, prospective students must also decide between a more traditional, campus-based college or earning their college degree online. Some students may prefer the structure and tradition of earning a degree in-person and on-campus. Others may prefer or need the convenience and flexibility that online classes offer. Online classes allow individuals to advance their education while still maintaining other commitments they have in their lives.

For individuals considering going back to college to earn an accounting degree, online education options are available. For more information on Linfield’s Adult Degree Program online accounting degree, please contact us.

Jeff Edwards, CPA, Accounting Instructor at Linfield College and Portland Community College, contributed to this article.

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