Military life is difficult and adding going back to school can seem like an extremely daunting task. The first challenge is finding a school that is not only flexible but also offers the degree you desire and that fits with your budget. The first time I went to college it was a brick and mortar school. Online education did not really exist at the time making it the only option. I was young and had fun. I played a sport, lived in the dorms, and went to class. I had very few responsibilities, however that quickly changed. After graduating I had a degree and with it came a job and lots of bills and eventually an amazing husband which brought with it a very challenging life. The degree which I had worked so hard for was not applicable in most locations the military could send us. That was when I turned to online education.
In many high schools across the nation, shop class is non-existent. Consequently, so are the potential trades-people that are born out of that early exposure to tools and machinery. What is America going to do without skilled workers who can build and fix things?
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave". ~Elmer Davis
July fourth is a time to slow down, take stock and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy every day.
If you are an active duty or National Guard/Reserve servicemember, veteran or military spouse – have you thought about the portability an online education could offer you?
Online education is a great way for servicemembers to go back to school while serving their country. Online courses and degree programs are developed specifically to provide the flexibility needed to fit the op-tempo and duty schedules of servicemembers as well as the hectic lifestyles of military spouses.
“Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lifelong learning is about seeking or creating learning opportunities for both personal and professional development. Lifelong learning is important because it applies to everything that we learn throughout our life, not just what is learned in a classroom. Learning allows us to make better, informed decisions. It enhances our understanding of the world around us, betters our social skills and our increases our personal development. Lifelong learning also assists us in becoming more successful in our careers as advances in technology require that we learn something new each and every day in order to keep our skills current in the workplace.
June is PTSD Awareness Month. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event.
A phrase caught my eye the other day, “whether you know it or not, you are marketing yourself each and every day.” How true! We are sending messages about ourselves in everything we do – every action we take, every word we speak, every email we send. From holding the door for a stranger to how we treat the customer service representative on the other end of the phone – we are showing others who we are.
The more we are aware of the image that we are projecting, the more we should try to focus on intentionally sending the right messages - putting our best self out there - and making sure that the image we are portraying is the one that we want others to see.
The three big steps in self-awareness and self-marketing:
Prepare - Know your value and establish goals:
We all know that online education allows for learning flexibility. Whether taking courses for professional development, continuing education, certification or credit, eLearning provides a convenient way for a student to meet their learning objectives. The media company, Tech Cocktail, recently compiled a list of what they feel are 2014’s top projected learning trends for online universities and course creators to keep in mind in order to meet the needs of online students.
“Learning on the go” - Today’s students utilize media on a variety of mediums and have become used to “instant gratification” when searching for answers, information or material. Today’s online universities will need to provide courses and materials that are mobile friendly and that can be accessed on tablets, phones and other smart devices.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, each year over 60 million Americans experience some form of mental illness. That’s one in four adults; millions more are touched by mental illness in the lives of family, friends and loved ones. Mental health awareness month serves to highlight the important issues: to improve access to treatment, to fight the stigma around mental health, to provide support, to educate the public and to advocate for equal care.
May is Older Americans Month. In 1963, our government declared May to be a time to recognize our nation's older persons for their contributions to society and to provide them with information and resources to help them stay healthy and active for years to come.
The 2014 Older Americans Month theme is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. According to the official website for Older Americans Month, Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries among older adults result in 6 million medically treated incidents and over 30,000 deaths each year.