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How to Develop a Well-Rounded Education

Masters in Psychology

When prospective students are considering education options, there is a tendency to focus solely on the careers and jobs that degrees can lead to. While there is nothing wrong with this outlook, education is much more than vocational training. Seeking a well-rounded education provides an all-encompassing outlook on life that can help graduates succeed in ways beyond the jobs they were trained for. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average employee will switch careers seven to eight times during the course of their lifetime. Many of these career changes will likely involve an industry change; this can render specialized training irrelevant. However, by pursuing a well-rounded education, you will be prepared for both career changes and business fluctuations. Your well-rounded education may serve you in ways that cannot be planned for.

Choose a Less Focused Degree

Most education pathways begin with a bachelor’s degree. Select a path that encompasses your passions and interests. While a Bachelors in Business or Bachelors in Political Science may be ideal for gaining employment, a Bachelor’s in Sociology may hold your interest better. Less focused majors, surprisingly, open you up to more career opportunities. For example, a sociology bachelor’scan lead to becoming a counselor, a professor or an office manager.

Once you have earned your undergraduate degree, there are countless options to consider. You can continue your formal education by pursuing a master’s degree. These degrees focus in on one area and prepare you more for a real world careers. A Masters in Psychology will prepare you to enter the field of counseling. Beyond this direct career path, it will also impart a high level of understanding about the human mind. Understanding the way people think and act will serve you well in any career you choose. This degree is a perfect example of a major that can help prepare you for a wide range of opportunities.

Work Experience as Education

Merriam-Webster defines education as, “the action or process of receiving instruction.” After receiving your degrees, your education doesn’t end. Even though you may be done with professors and exams, your education is only just beginning. Every job that you pursue will continue to impart knowledge and instruction. You will further develop who you are as a person and receive a well-rounded outlook on the world in which we live.

Allison Ford, writer for the advice publication Divine Caroline, states that throughout her life she has worked over fourteen different jobs. Ford reports that each job taught her crucial elements of life that helped her finally choose a life-long career. She recommends working in some of the below jobs to help receive a truly well-rounded education and refine your career interests:

  • Service – Any job that requires you to provide a service to others will impart patience, compassion and conflict resolution.
  • Cleaning – Find a job that requires you to clean up messes other people created. This will impart a healthy respect for clean environments and prevent you from creating messy ones.
  • PhysicalLabor– Having to physically move your body all day will develop a tremendous amount of respect for the millions of manual laborers that have chosen a lifelong career in this field.

Seeking temporary employment in the above types of jobs will impart lessons and knowledge that cannot be found in a university setting. They may even open you up to new passions and interests you never knew you had. When it comes to future job seeking, having a varied background will show employers you have a cornucopia of experience to bring to the job.

Specialize When Ready

You’ve attended college and held a number of temporary jobs. You are likely ready to decide on a lifelong career now that you have a well-rounded worldview. By now, you probably have a clear goal and focus for what you would like to do for the rest of your life. Pursue any additional education options that may be required to begin your career in your vocation of choice. If you strive to be a nurse manager, find a quality RN to MSN program. If your goal is to become a corporate executive, then find an excellent MBA school.

After receiving collegiate and real world education, you can proudly state that you have a well-rounded view of the world. This will help ensure success in any career that you choose.


About the Author:Paul O’Brien is currently working toward his degree in organizational leadership. He freelances when he finds the time and opportunity.

Choosing the Best Online Degree for Your Future

Masters in Criminal Justice

Making the decision to obtain a degree is one of the best things a person can do to secure their future. Earning a degree in a specialized field can be a life enriching experience. It will allow a person to get a better job and it will allow them to create a better future for themselves and their family.

Without any kind of specialized degree, a person can expect to earn just over one million dollars in their lifetime. People who earn a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn just over two million dollars in their lifetime and a master’s degree can earn a person well over four million dollars during their lifetime. That in itself is incentive to invest in your postgraduate education!

Earning a specialized degree means much more than earning more money, though. It gives a person the chance to get educated in a specialized field and secure a better future for themselves. The job market is a tough place and people without any kind of specialized degree have very little chance of securing a good steady job. Choosing the right degree is extremely important. It takes proper planning and a life commitment; here are some things to think about before choosing a specialized degree.

Know What It Is You Want

The most important decision for any person that is choosing a specialized degree is knowing exactly what they want from life. This can be an extremely difficult challenge, especially for younger people. They may not know exactly what they want out of life, and the wrong choices can get them stuck in a career that they really don’t enjoy. This is no way to live your life. Choose a degree in a field that you know you will enjoy for the rest of your life.

Research Everything You Can

Once a career choice has been made, the next step is to properly research everything about that career. Here are some questions that a person must have the answers to before they decide to make that career choice.

  • Is there room for growth?
  • How is the pay?
  • Is there a demand for this career choice?
  • What kind of specialized training other than a degree is needed for this career choice?
  • Are there a lot of companies hiring people with this type of degree?
  • Where can I obtain this degree?
  • Talk to others with the same degree, and ask plenty of questions.

These are some basic questions that will help anyone research which degree is right for them, but it never hurts to get the advice of a career counselor.

What Does a Career Counselor Do?

A career counselor will be able to help anyone make the right choices for their future. Career counselors are much like career coaches. They are highly educated and they know which career choices are the best. A career counselor may also be able to help a person who recently received a degree land a good job.

Should You Take the Online Route?

Many people are choosing online degrees instead of attending a regular brick and mortar university. There are several advantages to choosing an online degree. The most notable advantage is choice. Online schools offer many different online degree choices. For a person that is choosing a career in law enforcement, they may want to choose to pursue a Masters in Criminal Justice. A person that has chosen to help others by being an RN may want to look at an online msn program. There are also online degrees in business management, accounting, education, computer engineering or computer science. The range of career paths and career choices is truly huge.

Is Attending Online College Right For You?

One of the biggest conveniences of earning a specialized degree online is the freedom to learn at your own pace. Online courses don’t always follow a set schedule. A person that is attending a regular brick and mortar school may have a very difficult time balancing work and school. There will be schedule conflicts that will cause them to be late for classes, or even miss the class entirely. Online courses do not have this problem. Attending an online course means that you can attend class when it is convenient for you. If you want to attend class at two o’clock in the morning from the comfort of your bed, then you can do that. This freedom can be dangerous if a person is not responsible, diligent and dedicated.

Taking the advice from these tips can be the difference in a lifelong career that a person loves of a lifelong career that feels more like a prison sentence.


About the Author:  Mike Franks is currently enrolled in a MSN bridge program. Although he finds this to be extremely challenging, he also has discovered how rewarding the medical profession can be.

Education Technology

Education technology is common in school and it is a great things. Teachers that know educational technology will helps a student to learn more, learn faster and become more organized students. The limits are endless what a student can learn by successfully integrating educational technology degree into their studies. It is very important for the teacher to incorporate educational technology to classroom not only because of the educational benefits that comes from becoming very familiar with using technology as an educational tool, but because students respond well to technology.

Technology will help a lot to organize student, whether it on the computers, saving document to different folder, or creating organized and clearly written essay or utilize any of Microsoft program to enhances their documents skill, educational technology helps children to become more be  organize. By introduce the education technology, student will put their  entertainment devices away and be interested to learns and see what the new technology devices can do.