10 Benefits of Earning a Degree and Pursing it at Grantham University
Earning a college degree opens doors to a lifetime of more— more positions, more promotions and more freedom to do what you love. Additionally, more employers are looking for candidates with postsecondary education. Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree to grow by 8.2 percent, master’s degree by 13.8 percent, and doctoral or professional degree by 12.2 percent.

A college education is an investment in your future. It allows you to gain invaluable knowledge and skills, including the ability to think analytically, work in groups and solve problems. These qualities are not only highly marketable when job hunting, they are also crucial to everyday life.

In short, earning an undergraduate or graduate degree prepares you for opportunities a high school diploma simply cannot guarantee. And, with the growth of online learning, postsecondary education has never been more accessible. So, what are you waiting for?

Here are 10 benefits of earning a college degree and why you should consider pursuing yours, 100 percent online at Grantham University:

  1. Earn more money.

A higher salary may be the most obvious benefit of higher education and one of the biggest incentives for prospective students. Full-time workers age 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree make on average $1,310 a week, BLS reports. Comparatively, workers with only a high school diploma (no college) make on average $726 a week. Degree holders are also more likely to obtain jobs with better benefits, including health insurance, retirement matching and tuition reimbursement. On top of a higher salary, these perks add up.

  1. Work in the field of your choice.

Ask yourself (and answer honestly), “Am I where I want to be in my career?” Perhaps you took your current job because the pay is decent or the office is close to home, but it’s not where you see yourself in the next five years. Earning your degree can change that. As a Grantham University student, you can choose from more than 50 online degree and certificate programs in a variety of in-demand fields, including business, criminal justice, healthcare, information technology and more. Whatever you’re passionate about, we can help you find your path.

  1. Get a promotion.

You may be an excellent employee with a can-do attitude, but often, a degree is necessary for career advancement. Occupations that typically require some postsecondary education, including management positions, made up nearly 37 percent of employment in May 2016. The most common postsecondary requirement was a bachelor’s degree (21 percent). So, a degree can make you more competitive in your current job, as well as in just about any other occupation out there.

  1. Be happier and healthier.

The average person spends some 90,000 hours at work in his/her lifetime. Job satisfaction plays a huge part in our overall happiness and well-being, and college education paves the way. A Societyhealth.vcu.edu report shows that people with bachelor’s degrees are far less prone to psychological distress, and physical ailments and diseases, compared to those whose educations stopped at the high school level.

  1. Set an example for your kids.

Your children look to you to show them the way. Intentionally or not, your actions help shape their own as they learn and grow. When you tackle a challenge like higher education with determination, you teach your kids they can do anything they put their minds to. Children of college-educated parents often go to college themselves, so earning your degree could cause a ripple effect that will benefit your family now and for generations to come.

  1. Make yourself proud.

Whether you’re the first person in your family to graduate, or one of many, you’ll experience a lifetime of pride knowing you earned your degree — while juggling countless other responsibilities. It’s not easy. Earning a degree is an admirable goal, and you should feel proud, accomplished and confident when that day arrives.

  1. Learn lifelong skills.

It takes more than a degree to be successful in the workplace and in life. Grantham provides an experience that includes career-specific knowledge, as well as invaluable interpersonal skills. It’s all about learning to think critically, creatively, and to communicate effectively with classmates and instructors. As a graduate, you can apply these skills to nearly every aspect of your life.

  1. Build a professional network.

Attending college allows you to grow your professional network. In fact, Grantham’s career services team is here to help you do just that and quite a bit more. They can provide one-on-one assistance to improve your resume, boost your social media presence, and walk you through mock interviews. And that’s just a sampling. Plus, like you, your classmates are there to build a successful future. You never know where your paths may cross again. Get to know your fellow students.

  1. Gain more stability.

When job cuts happen, positions requiring higher education fare better than those requiring unskilled labor. Even during a recession, college graduates are less likely to experience unemployment. For those with some college or an associate degree, the unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in April 2018, BLS reports. For workers 25 and older with a high school diploma (no college), the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

  1. Prepare for future goals.

It should come as no surprise that lifelong learners earn more and have more opportunities. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center analysis, employment has been rising faster in jobs requiring higher levels of preparation. The number of workers in occupations requiring average to above-average education, training and experience increased from 49 million in 1980 to 83 million in 2015. The more you advance your knowledge, the more you can advance in your career.

Endless Possibilities, One Choice

A college degree can open up a world of new opportunities, and these 10 benefits are just the beginning. From low tuition rates and course flexibility, to on-demand tutoring and job search prep, Grantham has considered everything adult learners like you need to be successful.

Want to discover how it all works? Contact us through the form on this page, or check out the admissions process to learn more. Courses start monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

 

External Sources:

  • https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/37-percent-of-may-2016-employment-in-occupations-typically-requiring-postsecondary-education.htm
  • https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkyeng.pdf
  • https://societyhealth.vcu.edu/work/the-projects/education-it-matters-more-to-health-than-ever-before.html
  • https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rate-2-1-percent-for-college-grads-4-3-percent-for-high-school-grads-in-april-2018.htm?view_full
  • http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/

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