passionate about your job anymore? Dreaming of that corner office you just
don’t have? Dreading the sound of your alarm clock because it means you have to
slog into work?
Sounds like you
need a career switch.
careers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing to earn the right
degree can be the difference between loving your career—or not.
So, how do
you change careers without starting over?
experts: Personalized Learning faculty Cori Gordon (Liberal
Arts) and Jeannie Copley (Computer Information Technology). They give us the
inside scoop on how you can change careers without all the complications.
Where Do I Start?
Copley: “Before you start changing careers, consider what you’re passionate
about. What moves you? Then, focus on one or two of your passions. You can reinvent
yourself as many times as you want, but keep that focus in mind. For example,
many of our Computer Information Technology students began
computer programming or website-building as a hobby; it’s now their careers.”
Can I Still
Complete My Bachelor’s Degree?
students in the Liberal Arts degree program are parents or
working adults with busy schedules. Personalized Learning lets you work at your
own pace, on your schedule. I work with one international student whose working
hours differ from my ‘regular’ office hours, but we find time to connect when
it’s convenient for him.”
What Job Markets
Copley: “Information technology (IT) continues to be a
strong field if you're considering changing careers. It’s ever-changing and now includes many different jobs—network
architects, software developers, project managers, database administrators, web
developers and more. Our curriculum captures the full plate of needs, with more
than 50 courses offered to cover 11 critical competencies. We want students to
have the broad skills needed to qualify for tech jobs as they evolve.”
Will Students In My Classes Be Half My Age?
Personalized Learning program lets students work online at their own pace—without required crowded lecture halls—and students choose how they want to
learn: through videos, tutorials, games or texts. They can still connect with
other students through the social spaces if desired, but can work more with
faculty mentors on a one-to-one basis if that modality is preferable.”
What Are My
Job Options With My Degree?
Copley: “When students begin the Personalized Learning
program, they have an initial meeting with their faculty mentor to discuss career
goals. But the conversation doesn’t end there. The mentor continues to guide
students through courses and needed competencies based on their individual
goals throughout the program.”
change can happen when you pair your focus and commitment with the right
degree, whether you choose to take classes online, in your community, or through Personalized Learning. Let us help you get started.
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