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.
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