raylein jonesDo you want to have the skills to be able to make a difference at your job? Perform better than you ever have before? Make positive suggestions that change the way the company works? Then Grantham University staff member and student, Raylein Jones, has some advice for you: get your college degree.

We had a chance to learn more about Jones’ experience as a student and employee and why she believes getting your college degree can prepare you to reach new heights in your career.

Grantham University: Why did you decide to pursue an online degree? What made you pick Grantham?

Raylein Jones: One of the greatest benefits that Grantham offers [its] employees is the opportunity to continue their education. I consider myself a life-long learner and had the desire to learn more about coding for the web.

GU: What were you feeling prior to starting the program and why?

RJ: I was nervous before I started because I had not taken online classes before. I studied at a traditional brick-and-mortar school for my B.A. in psychology and was apprehensive about the transition to online learning.

GU: Once you started the program, how did you feel and what made you feel that way?

RJ: After I started my first session of classes, I realized how flexible Grantham’s programs are and really enjoyed the freedom to choose when and where I accessed the course lectures.

GU: What do you like best about Grantham University? About your particular degree program?

RJ: I like that Grantham has a mission to serve students. I like that my degree program is applicable and preparing me with the skills I need to go out into the real world and design websites.

GU: Describe the support you have received from the faculty and staff at Grantham.

RJ: I have had a great experience with the [faculty and staff] at Grantham. Everyone is so personable [and] patient when you need help.

GU: How do you stay motivated?

RJ: I stay motivated by reminding myself that every course week I complete gets me one step closer to my goal of designing websites.

GU: Describe your life and schedule outside of your schoolwork.

RJ: I work a full-time job during the day. I am recently married and enjoy going to the movies with my husband.

GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?

RJ: I was the first in my family to graduate college. I am grateful that I have had people [throughout] my journey, in my undergraduate degree and now at Grantham University, who have been willing to pour their heart into ensuring my success and the success of my classmates.

And recently, I initiated an automated data collection method that has saved my company many man-hours. Our database was manually maintained and operated [to hold] about 9,000 items. After implementing the data collection solution, the database now stores 25,000 items. My coursework at Grantham has prepared me to offer these technical solutions to my employer by introducing me to the basics of computer programming.

GU: What are your goals after you complete your degree?

RJ: I plan on continuing my studies with Grantham and entering one of the MBA graduate programs. I have already begun the process of updating an organization’s website on a volunteer basis. I believe this program has prepared me to practice the skills outside of the classroom.

GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?

RJ: In today’s job market, most positions require a [college] degree. This is the way to move up in the corporate world. Do not take going back to school light-heartedly; you should genuinely be interested in your degree program and be willing to continue research and learning in your field even after you have finished your academic studies.

GU: What are you most passionate about? What drives you in life?

RJ: I am still learning a lot about myself, and every day I make small choices that lead to my life’s larger picture. I am also inspired by my faith, grateful for the opportunities that my God has given me in my life and confident in the promise that He has a plan to give me a hope and a future.

[I’m reminded of] Jer 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

RJ: I love to crochet! [I also have a] dry sense of humor, and I have lived in seven states in my 24 years of life.

GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would you want them to know about you?

RJ: I have not completed anything in my life alone. There has always been support around me to get me through my trials and uplift me as I reach my goals. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot do something and, whenever you get the chance, encourage and uplift others.

GU: Do you have a tip that could help other students like you?

RJ: I really like to organize and schedule my priorities. I make to-do lists frequently, which help me stay on track in what I need to complete with my school work, career and home life. Making short term goals that lead to a long-term vision or dream will keep you on track and invested in your education.

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