5 First steps to a higher degree


You may be considering going back to school for further education in order to increase the chances of getting and keeping a job. But about 27% of the US population has a university degree, only 7% graduate. The graduate could put you ahead of the competition for jobs in this economy.

Maybe you just graduated from college with a university degree, and you felt that good jobs were scarce. So this might be a good time to add graduate. Maybe you see layoffs around the corner in your business and want to be competitive. Or, maybe the company will pay all or part of teaching with a generous education assistance program. How can you not take advantage of that benefit

Here are some steps to start the extent

1. Select the major field of science and concentration areas. This step sounds simple, but colleges and universities have added new mixed degrees (courses from several areas of study) in recent years. You do not have to choose from the business, Liberal Arts, engineering, psychology, or computer science. Major today might be: Engineering Management, Business, computer systems, Applied management or Industrial Psychology. Watch offers some of the online graduate school to give you more ideas on key areas and new mixed degrees.

2. Select the college or narrow down your options in the 2-3 choice. The school should have a degree and high you desire, concentration areas and formats that would work best with your lifestyle. Formats include: accelerated schedule, weekend, evening, online or cohort group. Do not choose a college because your friend sits this school or because you see advertising school is everywhere.

3. Review admission. If you need the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam), find Prep Course at the local State University or purchase research books with a good bookstore. There are private companies that offer Weekend Prep class, but they can be expensive.

4. Look at the options for Prerequisites. Prerequisites or foundation courses are cheaper on the Community College level or retraining local State University friend or Extension Department.

5. If you are working and / or reimbursement for schooling, talk to your boss about career goals and how education can help you achieve those goals. Managers appreciate that you have done your research and discuss with school choice, major field of science and the total cost of the program. If you need help choosing a major, school or program check with the human resources department to see if your company offers Career Guidance and Educational advise.