Three Signs You’re Ready to Go Back to School at an Accredited Online College

Are you considering going back to school as a working adult? Learn how accredited online colleges make it easier to handle school and work. 

If you’ve put off your education in favor of work or struggled with the idea of going back to school as an adult, you’re not alone. Going back to school is not a simple decision. There are financial implications to consider, time commitments to honor, and often a full-time work schedule to juggle. While traditional colleges are great for younger students, it can be tough for adult students managing their families and careers. Here are three ways you’ll know if you’re ready to go back to school with an accredited online college.

You Feel Stuck

When you started your career, you may have felt that the growth potential with the company was endless. However, as you’ve progressed and gained more experience, you may feel stuck in your current role or wish to pursue a new career path. It’s never too late to start. Accredited online colleges make it easy to go back to school and move forward in your career, so you’ll have the credentials you need to get that promotion.

You Know What You Want to Do

Many students start college without a clear idea of what field they want to work in or what truly interests them. After working in a few industries, you’ve likely figured out what career path you wish to pursue and what courses you need to take to make that dream possible. If you have a clear idea of what you want to study and understand the effort required to get there, then you may be ready to start looking into programs offered through accredited online colleges.

You Understand the Financial Commitment

Most accredited online colleges are affordable, but there is still some expense associated with achieving your degree. As an experienced working professional, you understand the financial commitment and have prepared yourself to cover the costs. You’re willing to speak to a financial aid representative to discuss your options and may have already started setting aside money for your education.

It’s never too late to continue your education. Whether you’re looking for a career-specific certificate or wish to pursue a degree, we’re here to help. Browse our online course catalog and find the perfect program to help you reach your goals.

 

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Five Benefits of Taking an Online Creative Writing Course

Many benefits come with taking online college courses. Here are five reasons to sign up for an online creative writing course.

Over the past decade, there has been a rise of available online college courses, creating more incentive to enroll. While there are many options, an online creative writing course can be helpful both professionally and personally. Here are five primary reasons to sign up.

  1. Improve Communication
    Creative writing requires using deliberate language as well as being aware of how tone and underlying cues communicate ideas. By thinking critically about how characters speak, the writer will communicate more effectively in their daily interactions. Furthermore, by writing every day, written communication skills are fine-tuned which is valuable for a broad range of employers.
  2. Foster Creative Thinking
    Taking an online creative writing course is an excellent way to work on problem-solving skills. In order to be compelling, characters must be put into problematic situations and the author must work out how to resolve them. This can help the writer in their own life. For example, by analyzing how a character navigates interpersonal relationships, they might find it easier to relate to a coworker or solve an issue at home.
  3. Create Routine
    Writing takes routine, but it can be hard to know where to start. A creative writing course can be the perfect way to get into the habit of writing every day due to daily and weekly assignments. That routine can be maintained after course completion and can help set schedules for other activities.
  4. Achieve Personal Goals
    Online college courses make it easy to achieve goals while still having a tight schedule. Whether someone has been curious about trying creative writing, is looking to improve their storytelling skills, or needs a push to start working on a novel, an online creative writing course offers the time flexibility that’s needed.
  5. Receive Feedback
    Writers know it’s frustrating to write a piece and receive no constructive feedback or criticism, as these two things create better, more concise writing. In an online creative writing course, the professor and fellow students can give objective feedback as well as guidance on how to improve technique. This will inherently create more advanced writing skills.

For prospective students who are interested in enrolling in a creative writing course, Linfield’s creative writing program is currently accepting students for spring term. Explore the other online college courses, or to find out more information, fill out this form or apply now today.

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Top 5 Reasons to Continue Your Education in 2017

by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

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The new year is right around the corner and as you look at setting those resolutions, have you considered continuing your education? There are many good reasons to continue learning and we have compiled the top 5 reasons right here:

  1. Become more qualified.

Jobs are growing and changing as technology advances and the requirements for these jobs grow and change, too. Earning a certificate or degree can help you gain more skills to achieve more at your current job or help you climb up the ladder and advance your career. For example, when exploring our online RN to BSN program, alumni Karen Brady was looking to advance her career as a nurse, saying “I knew I was a good nurse and that I had a great foundation, but I didn’t know how much more there was to being a really well-rounded nurse.”

  1. Make more money.

Pursuing a degree can pay off. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with college degrees make around $45,400 a year while those with only high school diplomas make about $25,900 annually. And a study done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University found that 4-year degree holders earn nearly $1 million dollars more over their lifetime than someone who only has a high school diploma. Earning an online degree or certificate can boost your paycheck, and help you qualify for those higher paying positions.

  1. Gain confidence.

Not only can advancing your education help enhance your self-image, but can also help you gain confidence. Alumni Ralph Schwer said of his experience at Linfield, “In the beginning I was hesitant, not sure if I could do it. As I saw my first few good grades on assignments, I started gaining confidence. I wish I had known that if you are willing to do the work, you can succeed.” This can not only help you gain confidence in the job field, but help you gain confidence in all aspects of life as you obtain a college education and broaden your knowledge base.

  1. Demonstrate value to employers.

If you are willing to invest in your career, employers will be willing to invest in you. Continuing your education is a great way to demonstrate to employers that you are committed to your career. As employers see potential in you, promotions won’t be too far off the horizon.  Take OCE alumni Abigail McPherson, who said “I’ve gotten several promotions since I graduated and I also made my way into the IT division at work. It’s only been two years and I’m not young anymore, but I feel like I’ve still got a lot of places I could go with my career.”

  1. Discover Your Dream Job.

Does this New Year have you looking into a new career path? Then the best way to start that path is continuing your education. Whether you know exactly what field you want to head into or you want to take some time exploring other career paths, now is the perfect time to get started!

So as you plan your goals for 2017, why not add “improve my life by one degree” onto that list? Take a look at the different online degrees and certificates Linfield College has to offer.  Not sure where to start?  Fill out a request form or call our office of admission at 503-883-2213.

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