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5 ways finishing your degree can change your life

5 ways finishing your degree can change your life

“5 ways finishing your degree can change your life” is sponsored by The American Women's College at Bay Path University. This post is sponsored by The American Women’s College and SheKnows Media.

There are many things in life that we simply cannot control and then there are those things that we can take charge of. Finishing your degree tends to be one of those things that many of us plan to go back to do. However, the fact is that life just gets in the way. If finishing your degree is a dream of yours, there’s no better time than the present to pursue it. Because finishing your degree can be life changing… especially if you find a program that will fit into your schedule and give you all the support you need. Here are 5 ways finishing your degree can change your life.

And speaking of which, I recently learned about The American Women’s College and was inspired to write this because their program is set up to get you to finish that degree and accomplish your goals.

What Makes The American Women's College Unique

Are you one of 76 million American women who has accomplished many things in your life yet still lacks a bachelor's degree? You aren't alone.  This is what I was talking about above. Life happens and college gets put on hold. At The American Women's College, they understand the reasons that women pause their education early in life. They know that kids, marriage, jobs and other things might cause us to put getting that degree aside. For now.

The American Women’s College is fully online, just for women and offers more than 20 exciting degrees. This non-profit college, accredited by NEASC, lets you earn credit for prior learning, transfer in up to 90 credits and offers accelerated 6-week sessions.

They want to help you return to school and finish your degree. They will help you navigate the obstacles allowing you to finish your education and make your dreams come true. We all know that finishing your degree is worth it and now is your time to make it happen.

5 ways finishing your degree can change your life

1. Increase your income

Seriously. According to a 2015 study, the average college graduate earned 56% more money than a high school graduate. That is a pretty significant difference, and it's one that adds up year after year. That bigger payday translates into things like home ownership, retirement savings, and financial security. So, ask yourself, could you use a little more cash in the bank? A degree can help with that.

2. More job prospects

We have all seen the headlines about how hard it is for some to find a job, even for college graduates. But those headlines don't paint the whole picture. The US Department of Labor tracks all sorts of stats, and they show that in January of this year (2017), the college graduate unemployment rate was 3.8%. People who did not graduate college had a harder time with the job search; the high school graduate unemployment rate for the same time period was 5.3%. Most importantly, the gap is widening. It is becoming harder by the day for those without a college degree to find a good job; it's a trend that is clear in the numbers. Having a college degree is critical to the job search.

3. Sense of accomplishment

You know that feeling you get when you finally finish something challenging? You feel good about yourself. You feel proud. Finishing a college degree is definitely challenging, but the sense of accomplishment that you will feel when graduation finally happens makes all of the hard work worth the effort. Additionally, finishing your degree is an accomplishment that sets a fantastic example for your kids (should you have any, of course).

4. Greater confidence

You know that feeling you get when you finally finish something challenging? You feel good about yourself. You feel proud. Finishing a college degree is definitely challenging, but the sense of accomplishment that you will feel when graduation finally happens makes all of the hard work worth the effort. Additionally, finishing your degree is an accomplishment that sets a fantastic example for your kids (should you have any, of course).

5. Personal satisfaction

One of the things that really motivates me these days is that sense of personal satisfaction. I set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals for myself. I complete these goals (for the most part) and then I set more goals. Every time I reach a goal, there comes with it a sense of accomplishment that drives me to keep reaching and setting more goals. The importance of personal satisfaction is something that we install in our children. It was amazing once I consciously began acknowledging that I was achieving my goals. I was stunned at how good it felt, how my sense of personal satisfaction rose and how that motivated me even more.

The American Women's College at Bay Path University Programs

· Business Programs: o Accounting o Business Administration o Business Analytics o Digital Marketing Management o Entrepreneurship o Human Resource Management o Operations Management · Communications · Criminal Justice o Offender Rehabilitation and Victim Advocacy · Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics · Early Childhood & Elementary Education · Food Science & Safety · Health Services Administration · Leadership & Organizational Studies · Legal Studies · Liberal Studies · Nursing RN to BSN · Paralegal Studies · Psychology Programs: o Child Psychology o Counseling Foundations o Foundations in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling o Human Services & Rehabilitation o Psychology

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  1. Getting my degree was one of the most important things I ever did. I gained gratification and was able to apply to many jobs with confidence. I think this was an important post for so many people.

  2. Being able to earn a degree online is fantastic. I have seen how hard it is to get a job without a college education.

  3. Reesa Lewandowski

    I have thought about changing my degree and online is the only way to go for me now. It truly is a great feeling to get that degree after all of your hard work!

  4. Will G

    I would take computer programming courses.

  5. natasha lamoreux

    I would go back for my nursing degree.

  6. Girl education is what a better society need. It helps in financial and personal growth of women. I am in complete support of it.

  7. robin rue

    I am so glad that I finished mine. It was a huge sense of accomplishment.

  8. I graduated with a Business Management degree and always interested to go back for an MBA degree. 🙂

    amy {at} utry {dot} it

  9. Claudia Krusch

    It is an amazing feeling of accomplishment to finish your degree. There are so many benefits it is really worth it in the end.

  10. Pam

    I finished ,y degree, but I always wanted to go back to get my masters. It feels amazing to finally finish a degree.

  11. I think it’s nice that there’s a college that offers this kind of opportunity for people who would like to finish college and earn that degree while they live their life. It’s true how much more fulfilling it is to get that degree that you’ve always wanted.

  12. I was so thrilled to finish my degree. It was such a sense of accomplishment.

  13. These are so true! Finishing a degree could really boost your confidence when applying. This is a great read to share with my kids.

  14. Annemarie LeBlanc

    If I had the opportunity to go back to school, I would love to have the chance to finish my master’s degree. Not for anything else, just to give me that feeling of accomplishment.

  15. Rosey

    I agree with all of these. It’s especially nice to have the accomplishment once a degree is complete.

  16. Dogvills

    Having a college degree does open more opportunities for career growth. I earned my degree in Biology years ago, but if I would have the option to go back to school again, I would go for a second bachelors’ degree in Business Management.

  17. Carolsue

    If I went back to school, I would study Accounting

  18. This is a great post! One my husband couldn’t agree more with you!! He pushed me to get a degree and it really has opened more doors for me then I would have without it.

  19. Jennai

    I would study to become a paralegal

  20. Rachel

    If I went back to school I would get my doctorate in nursing.

  21. Getting a degree is really important. It’s nice that with technology and the internet, people can now get a degree online. One cannot find a reason not to do it anymore, especially with your stats that the pay is 56% more, haha. If I ever do go back for another degree though, it’s probably something like Cinematography or Shoe Design.

  22. Kathy

    I completely agree about this. Having a degree is life changing. You can accomplish a lot with just a degree.

  23. I think more jib prospects is they key one here. Having options really changes things.

  24. Sounds like a great school. I never got a degree, but I did get a certificate, so I do feel somewhat accomplished even though I am no longer in that profession.

  25. OFG

    I’d love to go back to school for a degree in teaching or speech therapy.

  26. Natalie

    If I went back to college I would love to study medicine, particularly cardiology. I have always been interested in the heart and vascular system! I would love to be a doctor.

  27. This is great to know about. I doubt that I’d ever be able to go back to university except online so this is good to know about. What I’d most like to do is get my degree in anthropology or finish my Master’s in education.

  28. Lisa Brown

    I would study medicine, specifically, gynecology, an area totally relatable and one I feel the need to be of service in
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  29. mami2jcn

    I would love to be an ultrasound tech if I could go back to school.

  30. mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/951458689587834881

  31. Ellie Wright

    I would study law if I could go back to college now. I was studying pre-law when I had my third baby and it was just too much, so I ended up dropping out of college.

  32. Elena

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  33. Jessie C.

    I would love a law degree if going back to school now.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  34. heather

    I would love to get a degree in the health care field.

  35. Jessica To

    I would study to be a dental hygienist if I went back to school.

  36. Cheryl B

    If I were to return to school, I would study psychology.

  37. Cheryl B

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  38. Maria Beas

    I just went back to study my nursing career. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway. Happy New Year.

  39. Barbara Montag

    If I were going back to school I would study nutrition.
    thank you

  40. Kelly D

    I would like to study medicine if I went back to school.

  41. Madonna

    I would study archaeology. I have always dreamed of it.

  42. Madeline

    I’d go back to school to learn either medical coding or computer science.

  43. Rebecca W

    I’m not sure what I’d study if I went back to school. I might pursue cooking or baking classes because that’s what I love to do that when I have time.

  44. I would get my MFA in creative writing. I already have my BA but dropped out of grad school due to my college focusing on literature rather than writing.

  45. Jeffrey

    If I went back to school my studies would be geared towards cooking. Sometimes I feel as though I missed my calling as a chef! I love spending time in the kitchen cooking, baking and prepping food. My wife and kids are thankful for the little culinary skills that I currently have!

  46. Susan Smith

    I would study business if I went back to school to get my degree.

  47. Vincent

    I’d study filmmaking.

  48. Betty Curran

    I would like to finally get my degree in accounting. I’ve taken several accounting and business classes but never put it together for the degree.

  49. If I could, I would pursue a degree in English or Writing.

  50. Patricia Colletti

    I would study world literature if I went back to college

  51. Linda C.

    If I went back to school, I would study business management.

  52. Kathryn C

    #Sweeps #SweepstakesEntry comment:
    I would most surely study to be a medical lab technician!

  53. Hi Susan, We do offer a number of business focused degree programs that may be a perfect fit for you. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.baypath.edu/awc. If you would like to schedule an admissions appointment, please feel free to email me at mbryson@baypath.edu or contact me at (910) 939-1278. I look forward to sharing more information with you.

  54. Hi Betty, We do offer a BS in Accounting that may be a great fit for you. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.baypath.edu/awc. If you would like to schedule an admissions appointment, please feel free to email me at mbryson@baypath.edu or contact me at (910) 939-1278. I look forward to sharing more information with you.

  55. Hi Linda , We do offer a number of business focused degree programs that may be a perfect fit for you. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.baypath.edu/awc. If you would like to schedule an admissions appointment, please feel free to email me at mbryson@baypath.edu or contact me at (910) 939-1278. I look forward to sharing more information with you.

  56. Rachel Travis

    I would study law!

  57. Susan Christy

    If I went back to school, I’d study economics.

  58. Anastasia

    I would LOVE to learn another language. That’s something I’d take first! But I’m also interested in psychology, philosophy and media! So many classes that would be interesting 🙂

  59. latanya

    I would study culinary arts

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