- Posted by Karen Benz
- On October 5, 2016
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- academic, adult education, career development, continuing education, degree
Do you feel like you’ve been left in the dust because you don’t have a college degree? Or do you need to seriously consider a graduate degree to get the results you want and need in your career?
When I was in my 20’s, I did not have a college degree. I had a fair amount of management experience, but no degree. I spent a good deal of time defending why I didn’t NEED a degree. But secretly, I wanted one desperately. I finally came to the realization that I could “get by” without a degree, but if I wanted to take my career to the next level, I needed to start the process.
At the time, I was working full-time and raising a family. I started taking night courses (1 course a semester) at local colleges and universities, trying to find the right “fit.” I took a sociology course that included a class trip to NYC (I thought all classes would be that interesting!), an anthropology course (realized that digging for artifacts was not for me), and then took an introductory management course. That got me hooked. I love people. I love the psychology behind behavior as it relates to the workplace. I knew then I had found my “academic calling.”
The Long Road
It took 10 years for me to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in management from an accredited business school. Then another 6 years to earn my graduate degree in Management. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I went from being a program manager in a non-profit to being its Chief Operating Officer. I went on to start my own business and have been running it successfully for 20 years. This would not have been possible had I (and my family) not made the commitment and sacrifice to go the distance.
Focus on the Goal!
So, I encourage anyone who is on the fence to research, try different local schools and online programs until you find your “academic calling.” It can mean the difference between being successful and reaching your potential. For more information, contact me.