With the current state of the world, so many of us are at home for the first time in years. Some of us are fortunate enough to be working, while others are out of job and wondering what to do to fill the time.
If you’ve ever considered going back to school to either finish your degree or start an entirely new career, there’s never been a better time.
Today I want to share 4 tips to succeed at getting your online degree, to help you set your sights on the career — and the life — that you want and deserve.
4 Tips to Succeed at Getting Your Online Degree
1. Get a dog
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to bring emotional balance into your life. If you plan to start work on an online degree and currently live alone, consider adopting a dog to keep you company during the long days and evenings of studying for mid-terms and finals.
Not only will this help you to avoid stress, but a dog of any size or age serves as a built-in, four-legged security system for any apartment or house.
Even if you don’t live alone, consider adding a dog to your family to add an element of friendliness and companionship to your domestic environment.
Curious which breed(s) would be the best fit for your lifestyle? Check out this blog post to learn a little about some family-friendly breeds.
2. Create — and stick to — a daily schedule
Taking on a degree, whether online or in a traditional university, means class time and study time will most likely cut into what you used to call free time. At least for a while, those free hours will be more rare than usual.
Do what high level corporate managers do to handle tight schedules, which is to make a detailed weekly schedule that includes an hour by hour breakdown of each day’s activities.
Another suggestion is to use time blocking. Do you work in blocks of time, focusing on nothing but the task at hand during a particular period of time. It’s a great way to “batch” your work and get more done in a specified period of time.
Don’t be afraid to tweak and adjust your schedule during the first few weeks of classes, but after that, try to stick to the program as much as possible.
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3. Apply for student loans
Do you want the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about tuition and degree-related expenses? That’s what you’ll get if you apply for a student loan.
The great majority of applicants get approved, enjoy reasonable interest rates, favorable repayment terms, and monthly payments that fit with your budget.
Note that it’s best to apply as soon as you decide on a degree and institution.
Unlike in the dark ages when I first went to college, nowadays the entire application process can be done via a short online form. You’ll hear back quickly in most cases.
4. Speak with a career counselor
Check with a local community college to see if you can visit with one of their career counselors, either for free or a small fee. This short session will help you decide on what kind of degree to pursue, see what kinds of job opportunities will be on your horizon, and understand how much studying will be required to earn your diploma.
Some online schools have counselors you can use at no cost, just to get a general idea of what a non-traditional degree entails. I strongly recommend speaking to a counselor before committing to an online program.
Are you working on an online degree?
I’d love to hear your tips tips to succeed at getting your online degree! Leave them in a comment below, or stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!