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.