Enjoy this guest post which gives some points to ponder for teachers and other professionals as they consider advanced degrees.  ~EMP

Some of the most successful people in the world, and the world’s richest man, didn’t pursue advanced college education. The cost of advanced education continues to grow, and the job forecast remains weak. Why would anyone want to pursue advanced education in these circumstances?  Here are few reasons why professional certifications and advanced degrees can be a difference maker:


1. Advancement

Earning an advanced graduate degree shows the ability to get through challenging environments, which is a pre-requisite for director positions. Opportunities to grow within the organization will come for the individual who shows leadership, dedication and discipline, all of which is taught in advanced college education.

2. Recognition  

Many advanced degree holders have gone on to achieve great things in their career. An advanced degree is a difference marker when applying for any position. The employer recognizes who you are, and the effort you’ve put to specialize in a particular field. Getting an advanced degree also increases credibility and reliability.

3. Character-building

Getting an advanced degree gives an individual a sense of accomplishment. The effort put in to go through the years of study plays a lifetime character building role. An individual with an advanced degree is going to be more confident than an individual without one.

Here are some myths and excuses for not pursuing advanced college education.

Myths debunked

1. It’s expensive  

Fees vary among different colleges in the U.S. The average fee for attending community college is below $3,000 annually. For 4-year degrees within the states, it’s around $8,250 and the private ones have a fee below $30,000. Students can invest in a college that provides high-quality advanced education at a fraction of a cost.

2. Successful people don’t need advanced degrees

As mentioned earlier, there are many successful people that didn’t pursue advanced studies. However, chances of achieving success are higher with an advanced degree in possession. Most advanced degree holders are successful in their field, and they have higher job security than anyone else. 10 out of 10 advanced degree holders have a chance to go on and make a successful career, while 2 out of 10 invdividuals become successful without a degree.

3. Advanced degrees don’t fit in the schedule

There are many colleges that offer a flexible schedule. Advanced degrees and professional certifications can be pursued online, in the evening and on weekends. Part-time enrollment is also an option. Students can easily balance their personal lives and academics.

Advanced degree holders have different opportunities in the education and teaching field. They can go on to become college principals. Most college principals hold an advanced degree. Consultation is also a career that can be taken. With the years of experience an individual attained pursuing an advanced degree; he/she would have excellent negotiation skills and the ability to influence people. Consultation is needed by companies and businesses for mentoring and skill development. Other careers include educational researcher, college instructor and corporate trainer.

The importance of pursing advanced degrees can’t be neglected. Individuals also have the benefit to use complex resources available in college when pursuing these degrees. Holding an advance degree gives an edge in any career.

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