My husband recently asked me if at any point in my early education it was suggested that I pursue a career in marketing or advertising. I like to joke that early aptitude testing revealed that I’d make an excellent Solid Gold Dancer or Muppet, but the truth is no one ever steered me in the direction of either of those fields. Oddly enough that’s where I find myself these days and without the degree to back it up.
In college I pursued a Bachelors of Psychology, which once obtained, can help get you…well, not very far in that field. Instead of continuing for my Masters, I decided after five years of school I was ready to start getting paid. I worked primarily in the financial industry with most of my experience in documentation writing/course development, system administration, training and facilitation. Writing, creatively or not, has always been a strength of mine, and looking back, it’s funny to see how I ended up in a role that highlighted that skill set.
At the end of 2008, I left the corporate sector and stayed home with my then baby and 2 year old sons. Since life sometimes gives us unexpected blessings, I got one of those in 2009 with the birth of my daughter, and although I enjoyed my time at home, it was always my intention to return to the workplace once she started full day Kindergarten.
In the meantime, I started a blog to keep up with my passion for writing (and maybe to keep my sanity intact), but something unexpected happened. After working with brands though my blog, people began seeking me out to have me assist them with their social media pages, run promotions for them with other bloggers, create email campaigns, design sidebar ads, and write sponsored material for them to distribute other places, etc.
Not only am I really enjoying my new found career, but I’ve had a relative amount of success with it in the last five years. So now that my daughter is in school, I’m pursuing a whole new career, but still want to continue to grow and improve, what do I do? It was then I remembered hearing American Public University speak at the Blog University Conference early this summer.
Is it too late for me to head in a new direction? Can I afford it? Do they have what I’m looking for?
After visiting their website, it took me only minutes to realize that this was affordable and possible, and something I would most likely start as soon as possible!
I learned that they offered several levels of degrees including Associates, Bachelors, Masters and even Certificate Programs. I also learned that American Public University System is ranked in the top 12% of all online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News & World Report, they accept Federal Student Aid and Armed Forces Tuition Assistance, and APU’s combined tuition, fees, and books are roughly 20% less for undergraduate and 33% less for graduate students than the average published in-state rates at a public university.
I know a degree will give me more of an edge as well as the confidence I need to continue to grow my business – whenever I considered going back to school it felt like starting all over. Somehow this feels like a whole new beginning! Wish me luck!
What about you? Have you ever considered going back to school? Have you considered APU?
For more information on courses, degrees, and how to get started, visit APU’s website here.