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Jump-start your education with an Associate Degree

Reaching for higher education is a big decision since it can take a few years to meet your goals, and you will have to make a considerable investment. It's OK if you are struggling to make a decision, but that does not mean you should sit idle for long. You can start by getting your associate degree. There are plenty of benefits to do so.

Freedom and flexibility

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A benefit of getting an associate degree is the flexibility it provides. This type of degree can be earned online, meaning you can still work on it while figuring out your path. The worst thing you can do with your time is just let it pass by, so why not jump-start your career using a degree that offers some flexibility. It should be noted that getting your AA degree online is also done at your own pace, which is a bonus. You can work while commuting or in your downtime. 

The "career boost" aspect

Another benefit worth noting is many of the associate degrees available are vocational. This means you can use the education to get better pay. All you have to do is find a degree that matches your interest, which should help you land better jobs and more hands-on experience. You can decide if you are going to continue your education or stick with your job once you earn your degree. Some people even use this time to test out the waters on the career they are interested in to see if it's a good fit.


Attainable goal

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Going to college and staying in college until a degree is earned can be challenging. A person has to be dedicated, persistent, and organised enough to juggle life and college at the same time. Getting a bachelor's degree can take about four years, which is a long time. Getting your AA is much more attainable. The likelihood that you will earn this degree is high, which means you will at least have this degree under your belt, and you are going to be one step closer to a BA. 

New study techniques

College can be difficult, especially if you are not used to sticking to a schedule or have not mastered any study techniques yet. Getting your AA degree will give you an opportunity to master some of these skills. You can use these new techniques to continue your education if you choose to. Don't be afraid to try different learning tricks because everyone is different, and this is the perfect time to find out what works best for you. You can even get tips from other students.

Encouragement for the future

Going to college can be difficult for all kinds of reasons. Classes can definitely be challenging. These challenges may be the reason why many students drop out or decide not to go to college. Some students need a little fire to be lit inside of them to continue on. This fire can be sparked by encouragement. Earning your first degree can help you feel better about education, and it can encourage you to continue on, even if things get a little tough. The mind is quite powerful, and earning your first degree should help reinvigorate your passion for learning.

These are just some of the ways an associate degree can help jump-start your education. You can see that they can make pursuing higher education not only easier, but also improve your financial situation.

 

Special thanks to Kara Masterson for providing us with this article. Kare is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.