The initiative addresses three major problems working parents face:
Time: Most working parents, single or married, do not have the time to work, care for children and/or elderly parents, home life, and other factors that are time consuming. However, an online program (I completed my Masters degree online at Walden University) is a great way to further your educational goals. Imagine this: put the kids to bed, prepare tomorrow’s meal, lay out the clothes for the next day (or entire week if you are forward looking) and get online for 2-3 hours and learn.
Money: If you are not Bill Gates or Warrant Buffet, you do not have the money to go after whatever you want when you want it. Money makes the world go round and we all need it to survive. Fortunately, we need education to make survival possible. It does not matter if you want to work retail, in the food industry, fashion, media, medical, technology, etc., we need education to boost our earning power.
But college is not cheap and it keeps many from pursuing their dreams. ‘Project Mom’ gives you the opportunity to apply for a chance to receive a full-tuition scholarship to go back to school online.
Just a little sidebar, if you do not receive a scholarship through this initiative, ask your current employer if they offer tuition reimbursement for you to take courses in your field that will not only help you advance personally and professionally, but will help your company achieve their goals and that aligns with the mission. If they do not offer reimbursement, assess whether you can afford to attend online programs part or half-time.
Confidence- Simply put, if you want to be better and reach new heights you must actually do better. You can only achieve what you want if you truly believe in yourself and look to your future with a positive outlook. Easier said than done but you can do it and remember, life presents each one of us with many challenges and obstacles. At times it seems we will never jump the hurdles but at least believe and try. Have that same attitude towards education.
Receiving your degree is not the only thing that will boost your earning power. Experience will get you there as well…so expose yourself to the field you are studying. Put into practice what you are learning; so when you start applying for jobs in your chosen field, you have real experience and know-how to back up your degree.
I am not a mother but I see how hard it is for working parents to further their education. When opportunity comes knocking on your door, open up the door and let that opportunity in.
There are three entry periods between January 12,2010 and September 30, 2010. Read more online.
Desiree Frieson, 24, received her Master’s Degree in Marketing for Walden University Online in April 2009.