Odd Majors & Unusual Concentrations Emerge – Career Advice For the Undecided and Under-Trained

*Want a Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business?

*How about a certificate in Mediation?

*Or a Masters in Internet Marketing?

You may laugh or chuckle at the names of these programs, but they are real. Not only are they real, but they are gaining the curiosities of many individuals changing careers and starting new businesses. The news of layoffs continues and people are taking the chance at venturing into more creative and exciting new careers.

Whether you are searching for the online learning experience or traditional colleges, many post-secondary institutions are taking a look at their current programs and adding new ones to diversify people’s interest.

If you are one of the thousands that have had a peaked interest in going to school or returning to college for whatever reason and having thoughts if this is for you, take in mind, these majors can take you places if you are determined. Well critics may ask is a degree in Masters degree in Media Psychology worth it in the real world? It may be if you work for an enterainment mogul needing help with an analysis of the psychological influence on new media projects, internet businesses, or radio programs.

Whatever degree or program you choose, you are going to need to be committed and determined to become successful in these areas.

*Research the demand in your field of choice. If you see there is no demand for floral designers, it may not be a good idea right now to pursue a program in that area. However, if you believe that it will be something for you start a business in this field, by all means, you determination will result in your successes.

*Be mindful of the institution you will attend. There are many “schools” out there that claim all sorts of accreditations, be on the lookout for diploma mills.

*If you are creative, feed your creative bug…want a new career or business that will help explore it, then consider those programs that are accredited and has interesting program choices.

*If your field of choice requires certification along with a degree, make sure that your state requirements line up with prospective school’s program plan. Nothing is worse than apply for certification and licensure, and your school and degree has no significance.

*Stay dedicated to your goals and watch your dreams flourish.…

Real Degrees From Real Colleges on the Web – Really!

A national poll from 2006 disclosed that only 60% of Americans believed that young people should be taught the value of hard work and studying. One writer commenting on this statistic tried to spin it positively, by revealing that the figure was less than 40% among Europeans. But there is one group today where just about 100% would support the knowledge of hard work and study – people who are working for an online college degree.

With the explosion of the "virtual world" of the Internet over the past decade and a half, we have witnessed the construction of a whole parallel world, except instead of brick and mortar and 2-by-4's, the buildings are made of bits , bytes and computer graphics. The grocery store down the street, the movie theater downtown and the bookstore at the mall all have counterparts, as well as competitors, in cyberspace. And now that colleges have made the move, people have a choice of sitting in class for two or four years or studying in a more flexible way, from home, to get an online college degree.

Brave new world, indeed.

Getting a college degree is not an easy thing to do, online or on campus. The research indicates that a person who goes to an online college for a degree is less likely to drop out, gets higher grades and has fewer specialist issues. These were the same finds some 30 years ago when an educational research group studied junior college students. Because they were older, more settled and knew what they wanted to do, junior college students, like today's online students, were more motivated, focused and, extremely, successful in school.

There are economic and practical reasons that getting an online college degree is becoming a more popular option. People who previously could not afford college are finding lower-cost online alternatives. Parents of young children who could not get away even to a nearby campus can now study from home. Workers who had to keep their jobs and support families are scheduling their classes for evenings and weekends.

Online colleges, trade schools and training institutions have actually performed a remarkable public service by making higher education, in the form of an online college degree, available to more people. This in turn increases the talent pool available to American industry and, along with continuing technological advances, raises worker productivity, economic forecasts and, extremely, the gross national product.

An educated populace is required for the survival of any free, prosperous nation. America is fortunately that, even though some 40% of the population no longer respects the value of hard work and study, there are enough people who do to keep us going and growing. Those are the kind of people who work hard, get an online college degree, get back to work – and then make a difference. …