It’s Never Too Late: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

It’s Never Too Late: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Beth Dumbauld

If you wake up one morning knowing you are ready for a career change – you’re not alone. Many adults who have successfully gone back to college have described just that. One day, they just knew what they wanted to be and that they were ready to make a change – even if technically they were already a grownup.

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If this describes you, what do you do next? How do you make the right decisions around going back to college? This post will help you find:

  • Where to start.
    Hint: It’s all about passion.
  • The online prerequisite courses to take to accelerate your time to degree.
    Hint: Create a degree plan.
  • The probability of getting transfer credit for life experience or previous college work.
    Hint: It’s all about completing transferable college courses online, and applying to transfer-friendly colleges.

You Want to Be a Nurse When You Grow Up

You are passionate about:

  • Caring for others. You are compassionate.iStock_000010422478Medium
  • Providing quality care for all. You have patience.
  • Seeing the dignity in both the big and little things in life. You can handle stressful routine tasks.
  • Communicating. You like to listen and can communicate well.
  • Paying attention to details. You will need to make sure patients get what they need, at the right time.

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You will most likely need to take prerequisite courses in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology

Hint: You can take all of these nursing prerequisite courses online.

You will need to earn one of the following college degrees:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN)
  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ASN/AND)
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BS/BSN)

Hint: You can earn all of these nursing degrees online from transfer-friendly colleges and universities.

Probability of getting transfer credit:

High

  • You’ve already completed a degree in a different field. Many nursing programs offer accelerated BSN programs.
  • You’ve taken many of the general education courses required of all degrees.
  • You have created a degree plan with a transfer-friendly online nursing program.
  • You’ve earned college credits through the military and plan on transferring to a military-friendly college like Liberty University or Excelsior College.

Low

  • If you have completed a significant number of courses in fields unrelated to healthcare.
  • You plan on enrolling in a college that won’t consider ACE CREDIT recommendations.

You Want a Career in Business When You Grow Up

You are passionate about:iStock_000034560964Small

  • Working with a team to achieve goals. You work well with others.
  • Numbers. You use facts to make decisions.
  • Communicating. You can analyze and communicate effectively to help your team move forward.
  • Organizing. You can manage projects, priorities, and deliver on your promises.
  • Understanding the big picture. You are comfortable with details, but also see how your role fits into the overall organization’s goals.

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You will most likely need to take prerequisite courses in:

  • Introductory Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Statistics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • College Algebra and Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Business Communications

Hint: You can take all of these business prerequisite courses online.

You will need one of the following college degrees:

  • Associate in Business (AA, AS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business (BS)
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Hint: You can earn all of these business degrees online from leading colleges and universities.

Probability of getting transfer credit:

High

  • You’ve plan on enrolling in a competency-based degree program like the one offered at Western Governor’s University.
  • You’ve taken many of the general education courses required of all degrees, and have earned ACE CREDIT Recommendations for these courses.
  • You have created a degree plan with a transfer-friendly online business program – and now know exactly which courses will transfer.
  • You have successfully completed college courses in science, technology, or math at a previous institution ­– and are able to obtain a transcript with course syllabi to share at the college you plan on transferring to.

Low

  • You plan on enrolling in a MBA program. In fact, if you didn’t take classes in economics or accounting during your undergraduate years, you may be expected to complete these courses just to enroll in an MBA program.
  • You plan on enrolling in a college that doesn’t consider ACE CREDIT recommendations.

You Want to be an Engineer When You Grow Up

You are passionate about:

  • Finding solutions. You like to roll up you sleeves and get things done.
  • How things work. You are curious – and like to see how you can make things work better.
  • Creating. You like to build things: up, down, big, small.
  • Efficiency. You love a good process.

Want to know how to get started? Get your free personalized engineering degree plan today!

You will most likely need to take prerequisite courses in:

  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • English Composition
  • US History
  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology

Hint: You can take all of these engineering prerequisite courses online.

You can earn a college degree in a number of engineering specialties. The most common are:

  • AS in Engineering Technology
  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • BS in Computer Engineering
  • BS in Environmental Engineering
  • BS in Industrial Engineering
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • BS in Biomedical Engineering
  • BS in Chemical Engineering

Hint: You can earn all of these engineering degrees online from leading career-focused colleges and universities.

Probability of getting transfer credit:

High

  • You’ve taken many of the general education courses required for an undergraduate degree and have confirmed those courses are eligible for ACE CREDIT recommendations.
  • You have created an engineering degree plan with a transfer-friendly online engineering program and know which courses taken outside the program will transfer for credit.
  • You’ve earned college credits through the military and plan on transferring to a military-friendly college.

Low

  • If you have completed a significant number of courses in fields unrelated to science, math, or engineering.
  • You plan on enrolling in a college that doesn’t consider ACE CREDIT recommendations.

Are you thinking about changing your career as an adult? When, and how, did you know it was time to make a change? 

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