August 2017

  • A Working Mom Finds an Affordable Way to Complete Her Degree: A StraighterLine Success Story

    A Working Mom Finds an Affordable Way to Complete Her Degree: A StraighterLine Success Story
    Beth Dumbauld

    Sheila Ann Jordan, a certified life coach, lives in Louisiana and has worked full time for five years training children’s behavioral health service providers. She first went to college right after high school--29 years ago--the first in her family to do so. “I first went to college planning on becoming a business owner,” said Sheila. “My goal was to ultimately earn my MBA.” Life, however, got in the way of completing her degree. She had two daughters and began working full-time in a career that made a difference in children’s lives. “I’ve been very fortunate and blessed,” said Sheila, “Yet I always saw earning my degree as a stepping stone to even bigger goals.” In fact, Sheila never stopped pursuing her degree. Ove ...

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  • How Do You Decide Which Information Technology Career Is Right for You?

    How Do You Decide Which Information Technology Career Is Right for You?
    Beth Dumbauld

    IT jobs fall within the full spectrum of computer technology and business. Because the field of information technology covers such a broad range of job roles, it's a good idea to first explore the differences in the career paths you can take in IT, such as: A computer support specialist (which requires only a certificate or an associate degree, and sometimes a bachelor’s degree), or Computer programmer, software developer, or various other IT careers which usually require a bachelor’s degree (sometimes an associate degree on an exception basis) Then you’ll need to take a closer look at the qualities that are essential to those considering a career in IT – and valued by those who make IT hiring decisions. As we ...

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  • 4 Questions to Ask If You’re Heading Back To School

    4 Questions to Ask If You’re Heading Back To School
    Beth Dumbauld

    Goal setting is critical to succeeding in college – at any age. For adult learners, setting clear educational goals provides the motivation and the roadmap to get the degree and career you want. Here are 4 questions you should ask yourself to help set the goals you need to achieve education success. Question 1: What Are Your Priorities? You may have competing priorities. Ask yourself how important taking college courses, earning your degree, and changing your career is compared to your other goals and rank them. Your individual goals may be important, but your resources may be limited. For many students, achieving educational goals is the key to unlocking the door to achieving other life goals. Question 2: When Do You W ...

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  • Know Your College Degree Goals? Use These 3 Steps to Find Out

    Know Your College Degree Goals? Use These 3 Steps to Find Out
    Beth Dumbauld

    Before going back to school, it’s important to have clear goals for your college degree. A personal inventory will help you decide which degree path to take, including what schools, major, and degree fit your career goals best. The better you know yourself, and your goals, the more likely you are able to make smart choices that will benefit your finances as well. To begin your personal inventory, ask yourself: What skills do I have? To answer, make a list of current and past work experiences. Then, make a list of tasks performed on each job. What did you like? What did you dislike? What were you good at? If that list doesn't offer any added insight, another effective way to look at your skills is by making a list of your achi ...

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  • 13 Great Benefits Of Online Learning

    13 Great Benefits Of Online Learning
    Beth Dumbauld

    The benefits of online learning can't be beat when it comes to earning your college degree. If you're on the fence about online classes vs. traditional classes, then read on about the (lucky) 13 benefits of taking college course online! A large variety of courses to choose from - did you know you can earn college course credits for almost any course you can think of? Whether it's algebra, English composition or even biology lab work, there's a course you can take online. You can even study humanities, sociology and business administration. Multiple ways to communicate with your professor - the great thing about online classes vs. traditional classes is the flexibility you have to communicate with your professor. It's not always conv ...

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