The numbers speak for themselves. People without any college education have an unemployment rate above 9% and make a little more than half of what someone with a bachelor’s degree can earn in the same amount of time. Those with bachelor degrees have an unemployment rate nearly 4 points lower. If you climb up the degree pole the numbers head in a predictable direction: those with master’s degrees can easily make $10,000 more a year than someone with just a bachelor’s degree and a PhD holder can earn nearly $30,000 more than that in as much time.
In the kind of job market we’re in now with the level of economic uncertainty that seems to loom long-term, the best investment you can make is perhaps in your own education. The aforementioned data doesn’t lie: if you have a higher degree, you’re more likely to be employed and you make more money. But if you’re a parent with a preexisting packed schedule where every second is scheduled for maximum efficiency, then adding higher education into the equation might seem easier said than done. This isn’t exactly the case though. Assuming that you’ve already accepted that time management is a core life value and thus are the dedicated type, and that since you’re reading this you have a home computer, I’ll tell you right now you already have what it takes to get a better degree and mine more money from your minutes.
Dozens of terrific college degree programs are currently being offered online. I’m not talking about the questionable associate’s education offers and the print-a-degree scams that pollute the Internet. I’m talking about real world universities, full accredited, that are now offering their world renowned programs online for potential students all over the world to enjoy and use toward a degree pursuit. Boston University is one example. Penn State is another one. There are even renowned online doctoral programs available for anyone willing and able.
When the time consuming commute is removed and lectures and assignments are go-at-your-own-pace in format, you can’t tell me you can’t find the time to squeeze getting an online college degree into your schedule, no matter how hard it is. Think about, for instance, why you take the time to clean your gutters. On a likely already overwhelming weekend day, why do something so non-necessary for that moment? Because it preserves the value of your home, so you find the time of course. Just thinking about the kind of job security and money getting a degree can get you should make any short-term sacrifice more than worth it.
Research and see if there’s an online degree program to your liking that fits your time constraints. I’m sure there are several options to choose from. Spend a little time checking this out. It might mean a lifetime earnings increase of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Who doesn’t have time for that?