Graduates of our Bachelor's Degree Completion programs offer advice to those who are considering going back to school.
A bachelor’s degree is your ticket to better job opportunities and higher pay over your career. Today, 90 percent of jobs with the fastest rates of growth—such as those in science, technology, engineering, and math—require some form of post-high school education, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require training beyond high school.
With a bachelor’s degree, you’re far less likely to be unemployed than people with only a high school diploma. And you’re more likely to have a job that provides health and retirement benefits, giving you a better quality of life.
So it’s no surprise that more people than ever are returning to complete their degrees. And their lives, like yours, look a whole lot different from those of traditional 18- to 21-year-old college students who have parents paying the bills. Today, 75 percent of college students in the United States are working-age Americans between 25 and 64 years old, single parents, military veterans, and others.
Bryan Klickstein '13
Bryan Klickstein ’13 earned his BA in Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Business Management from Lesley, which he started at age
35. “I'd had some success professionally, but I didn’t know if those
skills would translate to college,” he says. “I realized that going to
school as an adult is gaining confidence that all of the personal and
professional skills you bring, and your years of experience, will
translate into academic success.” Bryan is now in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of California, Berkeley, and is spending the summer as an intern in Washington DC.
You recognize the importance to your future of getting a bachelor’s
degree, and now you’re ready to take the next steps. Whether you’ve been
out of school two years or 20, you’re wondering how to make a
degree-completion program work. We’ve talked with students who’ve successfully completed their
bachelor’s degree at Lesley, and they came back with these five tips for
ensuring that you’ll achieve your dream of finishing your bachelor’s
"At Lesley, I discovered I was a great independent learner. Now, I help business owners and professional women discover their strengths,” says Clara AngelinaDiaz '14.
For people who earn their degree, the rewards are not just in better career options and higher pay. They also discover intangible rewards, such as the satisfaction of finishing what they started and inspiring the people around them with their determination.
“A college education is a worthwhile investment, and you deserve to have what you want,” says Clara Angelina Diaz ’14, who designed her own degree program at Lesley with an emphasis on business management, and now uses her degree to be a better life coach and entrepreneur in her consulting practice. “Adopt a growth mindset, be patient with yourself, and enjoy the process!”
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