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How to Change Careers after Graduating with the Wrong Degree

Sally studied pre-medicine during her four undergraduate years at a local university. She really enjoyed her classes, especially the zoology and anatomy ones. However, after graduating, Sally interned at a local hospital and discovered that she couldn’t stand the sight of blood. She realized that she did not want to pursue a career in medicine after all, but would rather teach anatomy to high school students. But wait a second, how in the world can she do that when her degree is in pre-medicine?

It’s a more common situation than you might think: What do you do if you graduate college, enter the work force in the field that you have studied, and realize that you picked the wrong field for you? Well, you could suck it up, decide to stay in your chosen field, and forever wonder if there was another field that might have been better for you. Or you can take action and change your future, without having to go back to school for another four years of schooling. Here are some ways you can change your career path without having to go back to school full-time.

1. Look for alternative certification. There are many fields that require a bachelor’s degree. However, many of these same fields also accept alternative certification. For example, in Oklahoma, if you want to become a teacher but do not have a bachelor’s in education, you can take several ACT-style tests, go before a board of educators, and eventually receive a certificate that says you are qualified to teach. Usually, this process is much less time-consuming and less expensive than going back to school for another bachelor’s degree. Read the rest of this entry »



University of Phoenix Launching Continuing Education School

Working professionals and adults that want to increase their knowledge will now have a chance to take continuing education courses at the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix, owned by the Apollo Group, will soon be offering the School of Continuing Education for current professionals and working adults. The individual classes and certificate programs will start this year and will focus on teaching and training students in rapidly-changing technologies. The curriculum for the School of Continuing Education will build on some of the existing curriculum already available at the University of Phoenix.

Al De Seta is the new dean and executive director of the School of Continuing Education. He believes that in order to stay competitive, people must demonstrate and increase their value to employers. Continued learning and professional development are some of the best ways to exhibit this. This new program will allow people to gain new skills and expertise while strengthening their careers and their personal brands.

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Apollo Stock Falls after U.S. Investigation of Financial Aid Process

university of phoenixApollo Group Inc. is the largest education company out there when you are speaking in enrollment numbers. Unfortunately for Apollo, their stock has hit its lowest point in four years once word was released that the U.S. Department of Education will review financial aid practices at the University of Phoenix which is an Apollo school.

Apollo‚Äôs stock price fell 3.8 percent when the announcement was made. The review will start on December 6 and is set to cover the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. This is not the first time this type of review has taken place where the University of Phoenix is concerned. There was a similar investigation in February of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »



Government Cracks Down on For-Profit Universities

university of phoenixStudents seeking higher education now have more options than ever before.

Gone are the days when getting a college degree required packing up your stuff after high school graduation and moving into a dorm room. With more working adults trying to further their education, more universities have come along to meet their needs.

For-profit universities, like University of Phoenix, have faced a dramatic rise in enrollment due to their flexible class schedules and multiple locations. For-profit schools are currently the fastest growing area of higher education. Although these for-profit schools can be costly, the convenience of them has proven to be worth the extra money to many students.

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