Accredited Life Experience Degrees - Accelerate Your Progress OnlineWritten by Katie Robbins
Chances are you are pursuing an online degree to reap benefits in workplace. For this reason, you may be interested in accelerating your progress to get your degree faster. This article will explain seven ways to finish your degree faster. Keep in mind that you will work harder to finish faster and must be willing to make this commitment.
Check with an admissions counselor to see if you qualify for Credit for Life Experience Program (CLEP). Experience in business world can translate into college credits with this program. You will have to show documentation of your work experience. The school will verify this experience to determine how it fits into your degree program in terms of college credit. The credits you receive from this program can shorten time you spend earning your degree. This program isn't offered at all schools or for all degree programs.
The Proficiency Exam Program (PEP) is similar to CLEP. This program allows students to earn college credit for independent study or other training received without college credit. You may have learned subject matter in another forum and not need to take class. You will have to show documentation and pass an exam to qualify for credits with PEP.
Many online universities offer shorter semesters. Some will give you choice between six, eight and ten week semesters. Shorter semesters allow you to take more classes throughout year. Keep in mind that these shorter semesters still carry same requirements. The work load will be more intense, but time period will be shorter. Be sure you have time to devote before you choose shorter semesters. The pace is faster and you will need to work faster to keep up.
Managing Employers' ExpectationsWritten by Scott Brown
One obstacle job seekers often run into is employers who seem to have impossible expectations. Although there are always some employers afflicted with this syndrome, there seem to be more of them in a down economy. The logic is that if jobs are harder to come by, a company should be able to get more for their money. This is sometimes true but it is less often case than employers would like to think.
Often, what they're looking for in a candidate isn't really feasible. For example, in I.T. world, they might normally be able to get a web designer for $40/hr and in a down economy, they might try to get someone who can do both web design and server-side scripting for same salary. But it might not be realistic to expect someone could be competent in both skills. If you're confident that what recruiter's asking for is unrealistic, let them know (in a respectful way).
I think one of biggest mistakes job seekers make in interviews is kowtowing to interviewer. It is good to be respectful, but it is also important that you command respect yourself and not let them ask you ridiculous questions or expect you have a skillset that people don't have. I was watching movie "Shawshank Redemption" last night and it struck me that Morgan Freeman's character experienced this with his parole board interviews. At first, he just sucked up to interviewers and told them what he thought they wanted to hear. "Yes sir, I'm a changed man. I am definitely rehabilitated." And each time, he was rejected. Then at one point, he decided to tell them how he really felt and told them "I have no idea what word 'rehabilitation' means. It's just a term politicians came up with to make themselves feel important. But I do feel regret for my crime and if I could, I'd go back in time and talk to that young man and show him there's a better way to live. But unfortunately it's too late for that." That's when they finally respected him as a human being and gave him his parole.