Your Dream Job is Waiting – For You

Your work place is getting boring and you have a boss not quite from hell, but close. Your co-workers are ready and waiting to stab you in the back to get ahead. You know this is not where you want to be, so why stick with it? Are you ready for the challenge that will really get you your dream job? Many are, and it's not the most difficult thing to do.

Life is not about a routine of day in, day out in some job you did not really want. It's awesome to feel stuck, when you realize you've still got the rest of your working life to come. Life is about living and feeling alive, so make some changes and realize your full potential! No one is forcing you to stay in a job you hate and no one is holding you back from your dreams – except yourself, that is.

And the fact, the honest truth that it's all down to you is often the bitterest pill to swallow.

So, what do you really enjoy in life. Is it a hobby or a passion? Whatever it is you love doing is a huge hint! Have you ever thought of turning that hobby into a dream job that you'll look forward to every day? You could turn your hobby into a real, exciting, successful job with a little determination and some close attention.

That's right – it's all about focus. Decide what it is you'd rather be doing, and then find out all you can about how you need to get there. Do your homework on whether you need credentials or qualifications to turn your hobby into employment. Find out the steps you need to make that will bring you to where you want to be and lay down a plan.

Remember, you're not going to get anywhere over night. Miracles do not happen and hard work, effort, and the right choices to move you forward will have amazing results. If you need training, part time courses or night school can let you keep your day job and work towards a new career in your spare time. Hey, you might even find them in your current workplace, so you can get them for free

Volunteer. Network. Apprentice under someone who excels at what you want to do. Offering free services in exchange for the learning experience can be a great way to break into a new industry or career. Talk to everyone you know about your plans; the more contacts and support you have, the more it will help you stay focused on your goals and provide opportunities.

Do not give up. Making life changes takes time and is not always easy. You may face some stumbling blocks along the way to a dream job. If you remember your goals and you've taken the time to lay down your steps and plans, you'll be better prepared to find a way around the obstacle.

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Researching the Pros and Cons of Getting Your Degree Online

Are you considering getting your bachelor's or master's or other degree online? It's a growing field that's receiving acceptance and approval for all types of career and education goals.

The largest advantage to online degree education is that it's a complete college degree program that is delivered via the Internet. All classes, materials, tests and lectures are delivered online. This process allows the student to "attend" class from anywhere at any time that is convenient to them.

According to educators from Cornell University, "the web provides significant new functionality in transmitting information to the student and providing forums for exchange. The web is revolutionizing some areas of study through increased opportunities for learning and alternative formats for information." (Dwyer, Barbieri, and Doerr, 1995).

One of the ways it has done this is through enhanced student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication. Students and faculty can both benefit from using the communication and assessment tools that are made available via online learning.

The technology also enables students to exercise more flexibility in their approach to education, depending on what best suits their personal learning styles and busy schedules.

In addition, the class material and program is continuously updated for up to the minute, real world application. This allows the student to immediately begin applying their new knowledge to their existing work environment.

There are many different types of programs available. Students can receive a bachelor's or master's degree in many areas such as accounting, marketing, human resources, e-business, information technology, nursing and even elementary education.

The typical online program takes three years to complete. A master's degree program may take up to four years depending on the type of degreeought and the prior education of the student.

Most programs are accredited and they usually accept the transfer of prior credits from other accredited universities. Some of them are also well-known off-line schools such as Duke, Stanford, Jones International, and Capella.

While enrolled, a student typically takes just one class at a time for a five to six week period. This allows the student to concentrate solely on that material before moving on to the next module of information.

The price of an online degree education program is comparable to that of a regular college degree. Plus, many students are eligible for financing in the way of a student loan. Sometimes employer education programs can even reimburse a student's tuition fees.

Keep in mind though, that you may have to be a little more organized and self-motivated for this type of education and you will have to manage time demands in other areas of your life. Because you normally will not have set class times, it will be up to you to the time into your schedule. Then again, some programs require that you log on to the Internet at designated times for virtual class sessions.

Another potential disadvantage is that some employers still prefer that their employees have degrees from traditional colleges. However, these views are rapidly changing.

A recent survey of 1,300 graduates …