What is one thing that both working parents with school-aged children and single, working adult students have in common? Both agree that time-management is key to a successful and less stress induced school year.
As the unemployment rate in Maryland plummets, more adults are returning to school. In fact, in Baltimore city, the unemployment rate increased from an already high 10.9% in June 2012 to 11.2% in June 2013. These dismal numbers signal an opportune time for workers to hone existing and/or acquire new skills that will make them more resilent in a tough economy.
While many adults successfully complete their degrees while working and parenting school age children, others fall short due to time constraints and tight schedules. To accommodate such needs, many colleges now have weekend and evening programs specifically tailored to working adults.
Another option for working adults is to obtain an online degree. Although it has been argued that online degrees do not hold as much weight as their brick and mortar counterparts, colleges and individuals are now taking a second look. In fact, according to the study, "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011," more than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2010—a 10.1 percent increase over the year before. This is compared to a 2% increase amongst standard higher education programs during the same time period.
While not mandatory, obtaining a degree while working is definitely possible in todays society. With solid planning and goal orientation, dreams can become realities - even in a less than 'booming' economy.