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What Motivates You?

by South University, Online Programs
January 5, 2015

There’s no better time for a fresh start than the beginning of a new year. If you’ve been thinking about heading back to school to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree, it's time to get started. Whether your motivation comes from wanting to inspire others to achieve their dreams, finish a degree that you already started or change your life for the better, 2015 is your year!

See what motivated recent South University grads in the video below.

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So, what inspires you to be your best self? We’d love to hear about it on our Facebook page!

What’s Next

Take your motivation to the next level by enrolling in classes at South University, Online Programs. Now is the time to stop talking about going back to school and resolve to make it happen. Imagine everything you could achieve if you take the time to invest in your future. Get started today by calling us at 1-888-444-3404 or requesting more information online!

by South University, Online Programs
January 5, 2015
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Why Choose Online Learning

by South University, Online Programs
October 22, 2014

When it comes to advancing your career, broadening your skill set, or creating a specialty in a certain niche, online classes can provide the perfect platform for continuing your education. Adult learners face unique challenges in education, and one ideal way to remedy many of these obstacles is through online learning.

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1. Increased Flexibility

Adults are more likely to encounter the challenge of balancing their studies with demanding work schedules. With online options, students don't have to inquire about changing their work hours or leaving early to attend lectures. Instead, they can focus on their classes at the times most convenient to them, thus establishing a less stressful environment and a timetable that is more conducive to learning. This reason alone is enough for many people to explore what the online environment has to offer.

2. No Commute

While traditional students often reside on or near campus, adult learners are typically established in an off-site residence. Rather than waste time sitting in heavy traffic to get from the office to a night class, consider the benefits of driving home, fixing a cup of hot tea and not having to face the drive back home after class is dismissed. The money you'll save on fuel also sweetens the deal.

3. Fewer Costly Books

As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, online learners have the opportunity to avoid incurring this large expense. Most online classes are supported with readily available materials accessible through your home computer. Instead of searching through a 500-page textbook for a specific entry (and lugging your books and materials across campus), students can simply open a PDF or e-book that specifically relates to the subject matter at hand -- one more way online learning provides students with unbeatable convenience.

4. More Interaction

One of the biggest concerns most people have about online education is the notion that there's less interaction available with the class instructor and fellow students. Luckily, this is a major misconception. While on-site classes do offer the opportunity to interact with others in-person, online classes can also provide enriching, one-on-one experiences. Campus classes often consist of a lecture and perhaps a brief question and answer session. With online formats, students are encouraged (and often required) to post feedback on lectures, readings and ideologies. Because everyone in the class gets to weigh in, the conversation is varied and diverse. The instructor also gets to receive input from every student individually. Plus, you can word your responses exactly as you want them, which beats the feeling of dread associated with holding your hand up in a crowded lecture hall.

5. Improved Technology Skills

Another common fear that adults have regarding online formats is the amount of technological know-how involved in the process. Have no fear -- instructors understand that students come to online learning with varied technology skills. Most assignments involve clicking on files, posting comments, and attaching documents. Instructors and technical support personnel are easily accessible through emails and phone calls to address any tech concerns you might have, thus alleviating unnecessary apprehension. As a bonus, you'll become more familiar and comfortable with technology as a whole. Adult learners will likely find that the overall benefits of online learning make exploring the growing range of classes and programs offered in this format well worth their time and consideration.

by South University, Online Programs
October 22, 2014
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How to Choose the Right Graduate Program for You

by South University, Online Programs
August 12, 2014

Now that you’ve decided you want to attend grad school, you’re faced with a very important decision ─ what to study? While you may be tempted to just choose the area in which you earned your undergraduate degree, that isn’t always best option. Instead, look at the big picture of your career and make a decision based on what you hope to get out of your grad school experience.

BookBelow are three common goals of graduate students. Understanding where you fit in can help you determine what program is the best choice for you!

Goal – Enhance your current career.

You’re already working in an area you enjoy, but want to gain the additional skills and knowledge needed to advance your career. Many high-level positions require a master’s degree to be considered for the job and, even if it’s not a necessity, having one can give you a competitive advantage. In this case, pursing a master’s degree in your current field may be your best option, as it will pick up precisely where your undergraduate studies left off. For example, if you’re currently employed in public service, obtaining a master’s degree in public administration is the perfect way to expand your current skillset.

Goal – Move to a related field, or work in a new way in the same field.

You want to earn a graduate degree because you strongly believe gaining knowledge in another field will complement the expertise you already have. Often times obtaining a graduate degree in an area that’s new to you is the best way to develop your skills. Combining knowledge from different programs allows you to broaden your perspective and become a more well-rounded professional. While this may be out of your comfort zone, you’ll have the opportunity to challenge yourself in new ways and emerge from the program as an extremely competitive candidate. For example, if you have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, earning an MBA could help you apply your knowledge of psychology to understanding how organizations and the individuals within them operate.

Goal – Enter a new career.

You want to make a change and you’re ready for an entirely different career path. Go for it! Pursuing a master’s degree can help you gain the necessary skills and experience to excel in a new field. Taking the initiative to head back to school for an advanced degree also shows employers that you’re dedicated to succeeding in your new endeavor. You’ll learn to blend the skills you’ve already acquired through years in the workforce with those necessary to start this exciting new chapter in your life. For example, if you’ve been working as a teacher, pursuing a master's degree in public health can allow you to put the skills you already have to work to bring positive changes to many people.

To learn about the graduate programs offered at South University, Online Programs, request information today!

by South University, Online Programs
August 12, 2014
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You Know You’re Ready to Pursue a Graduate Degree When…

by South University, Online Programs
August 3, 2014

Deciding to attend grad school is a very big move. If you’re currently going back and forth on whether it’s time to earn a master’s degree, there’s a good chance you already have your answer. If most ─ or all ─ of the 10 characteristics below sound familiar, you’re probably ready to hit the books.

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You’re leading the team more often than not.

You’re already a natural leader. Grad school is an incredible opportunity to further develop those leadership skills and to help you prepare for a future in management.

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You’re always part of the solution.

As a natural problem-solver, grad school is a place where you can thrive. You’ll be given complex assignments and teamed with classmates to complete projects, allowing you to challenge yourself and further develop your abilities.

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You’re challenging to do more work outside your current scope.

Show your boss you’re serious about taking on more stimulating assignments by taking the initiative to gain the knowledge needed to excel on advanced projects.

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You realize that you’re a lifelong learner.

As a naturally curious person, you deeply enjoy learning. Stimulate your mind by pursuing a master’s degree.

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Your mentors encourage you to advance your degree.

You trust your mentors to give you sound career advice. If they recommend pursing a master’s degree as a way to help advance your career, you can rest assured that this investment will be worth your while.

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The majority of your mentors have an advanced degree.

You chose your mentors because they’re people you’d like to model yourself after. If most of them have an advanced degree, it’s very likely that pursuing one could also help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment.

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You’re debating to yourself the pros and cons of getting an advanced degree.

Grad school is heavily weighing on your mind if you’re already evaluating the pros and cons of earning a master’s degree. If you know you want it, go ahead and let yourself pursue it. With flexible online learning options available, you can do this, even with your busy schedule!

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You’re eyeing up a job that requires an advanced degree.

Don’t hold yourself back from your dream job. Get the master’s degree you need to excel at the position and let yourself have a career you truly enjoy.

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You already know what you want to study.

You’re already focused on what you want to learn, allowing you to maximize your investment.

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You’re passionate about advancing your knowledge in a specific field.

Not only are you hoping your master’s degree will give you a competitive advantage in the workforce, you’re also excited to learn more about your chosen area of study, because you can’t get enough of it.

How many of the items listed above sound like you? Request more information about South University or explore our programs today to get started!

by South University, Online Programs
August 3, 2014
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Top 5 Reasons to Earn a Graduate Degree

by South University, Online Programs
July 28, 2014

Deciding whether or not to attend grad school is a major choice not to be taken lightly. Before you choose a program or a school, it’s important to understand all the benefits a graduate degree can bring to your career and the impact an advanced degree can make on your life.

Graduate Degree >1.) Increase Your Opportunities for Advancement

While a bachelor’s degree may be enough to secure you an entry-level position, you’ll need a graduate degree to advance to senior-level positions in many areas. Even when it’s not specifically required, having a graduate degree can give you a competitive advantage over other candidates, as it displays advanced knowledge in your field ─ in addition to motivation, drive and a strong desire to learn.

2.) Flexible Classroom Settings Make Continued Education Possible for You

If you think the only way to attend grad school is to spend all your evenings in a classroom ─ think again. Earning your graduate degree has never been more convenient, as many schools offer flexible learning formats, letting you attend school partially or fully online. This allows you to learn on your own time, in the manner that best fits your schedule.

3.) Prepare for a Career Change

Tired of your current career path and ready to make a change? Heading back to school is a great way to gain the experience needed for your transition, whether that’s into an entirely new field or one that’s related to but slightly different from what you’re doing now. Taking the initiative to earn a graduate degree shows potential employers that you’re serious about wanting to break into the field and have put a great deal of time and energy into preparing to make your move.

4.) Enjoy Higher Earning Power

While you shouldn’t base your decision to go to grad school solely on financial returns, it’s certainly a savvy move to factor it into your decision. According to the United States Census Bureau, U.S. workers between the ages of 21 and 64 with a master’s degree earn an average salary of $55,242 per year, compared with just $42,877 for those with only a bachelor’s degree.

5.) Reach Your Potential

Not only are grad school classes interesting, as they’re specifically targeted towards your career, they also offer the chance to challenge yourself and expand your way of thinking. Investing in yourself now will allow you to have the tools you need to reach your full career potential later on.

by South University, Online Programs
July 28, 2014
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