"Get An Online Degree!" - It's a Trap!
You hear it all the time... "Get your degree online!".
Well, I did just that... went to school at [***********] to get an online degree. I spent 6 valuable years getting a degree that I thought would allow me to make a difference, help people, do some good in the world. I got my Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and my Masters degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (These were degrees that I THOUGHT would almost ensure me a career). Did pretty good in them, too...
So, What Happened?
After spending hours browsing through government employment websites, I decided on a few placements that I felt that I was qualified for. I met all of the stated requirements and even surpassed them on some.
After a couple of days, I received an email from one of the agencies that I had applied for. "Thank you for your interest in [position]... we see that you have excellent education qualifications. However, we regret to tell you that we have to decline your application. You do not have the experience we are looking for, for this position". Day after day, I received almost the same email from each of the various agencies.
Wait a minute... so, you're saying that although I have "excellent qualifications"... I need experience? How in the hell am I supposed to get experience without getting the position that will GIVE me that experience? It's a Catch-22!
This same scenario has been playing out all over the United States (maybe other countries too, I'm not sure)... people are discovering that their degrees, that they spent thousands of dollars getting, are basically useless! Without experience, education doesn't mean JACK!
Ok, so you figure that you will just get a menial job at McDonalds or Burger King or something like that. At least until you can find SOMETHING, right? Uh uh... nope. Now you are TOO qualified for those types of jobs.
What is a person to do??? Bills need to be paid, food needs to be bought, families need to be cared for. Here you thought you were going back to school to finally be able to get ahead in life when all you were doing, in fact, is digging yourself in deeper.
Don't fall for it! Don't fall for the 'Go Back to School Online' Trap!!!
Michelle Hoffmann is the owner, editor and publisher of The 24KaratMarketer Ezine at http://free24karatmarketer.com, an online publication that is dedicated to helping marketers, new and experienced, succeed in their online businesses. She is also a mother, writer, photographer, cashier and student. Yes, she does it all!
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