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Real answers to your questions about Ashworth College

Written by Ashworth College on Friday, 31 August 2018. Posted in Online College, Why Ashworth

Real Answers to Your Questions About Ashworth College

When people want answers to questions, they turn to the web and social media. We did a little digging to find out what questions you’re asking about Ashworth College. Below are real questions, from real people, and our very real responses. We’re here to assist you in your journey toward higher education—and challenging questions don’t bother us. We hope what’s here answers your questions. If not, don’t hesitate to contact us!

  1. Is Ashworth College a legitimate online school?
    Our answer is a resounding yes! Our national accreditation attests to our legitimacy, but what this question is probably really getting at is if your degree will be recognized by future employers. It’s easy enough for us to tell you that thousands of Ashworth College students have been rewarded after graduation in terms of promotions, raises, new jobs, better careers. But testimonials from actual graduates who’ve experienced these rewards are much more effective.
  2. Does Ashworth College offer financial aid?
    Nope, but there’s a good reason for it. One of our tenets is that education should be accessible to all. For that reason, we keep tuition low, with no need for hefty federal student loans. In addition, our tuition payment terms offer 0% interest and are much more affordable and flexible than most banks and credit cards would offer..

  3. How much trouble will I have transferring credits into another college program?
    Most students have no problem whatsoever transferring credits they have earned from Ashworth College into other college programs. But the reality is credit transfer is based on each school’s policies regarding:

    • How closely our curriculum matches that of the receiving school
    • The minimum course grade requirements of the receiving school
    • Overall acceptance of online course credits by the receiving school

    Our course content in most cases is exactly the same as what you’d study in any traditional classroom-based college program. And now that most brick-and-mortar colleges embrace online learning, transferring our credits should become less of a concern. However, we do encourage students who are thinking of transferring to contact the receiving school ahead of time, to ensure all credits will transfer.

  4. Will an online degree be less respected than if I went to a traditional school?
    Again, with more brick-and-mortar colleges embracing online learning, any stigma that may have once been there is receding. We encourage you to read the opinions of actual students and graduates of our school to better appreciate our high level of educational excellence.
  5. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree in the same field of endeavor?
    If you enroll for a bachelor of science degree, your courses will generally include a stronger focus on specialized subject matter, whereas an associate or bachelor of art degree usually encompasses a broader scope of core subjects, and possibly more electives in areas such as the humanities.

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  7. Can I really just study any time I want or are there certain times I have to be online?
    When it comes to when and where you study we are Switzerland—completely neutral. However, we are invested in seeing that you make the most of your college experience and the best way to do that is to study and take exams on a regular schedule of your own volition. Many other colleges offer only “synchronous” online courses, regulating the time and date you must attend lectures online. We find our students enjoy greater success when given the freedom to match their studies to their personal situation.
  8. Doesn’t online course work open the door to cheating?
    Unfortunately, cheating happens in all kinds of schools but it’s not as common as you might think. Our proctored final exams go a long way to prevent cheating. And frankly, cheating inevitably catches up to students in some way. Sure, they may have walked away with unearned high grades, but eventually they find themselves failing on the job or in life. We’re proud that the majority of our students aren’t here just to get a degree or certificate, but because they’re truly interested in learning, growing, and changing themselves and their lives.

We hope these answers helped. If you have more questions, just ask! Our friendly admissions advisors are here to help: 1-800-957-5412.

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Here’s what Diana told us about her journey with Ashworth College.

Q: What drew you to Ashworth College?

A: I knew I didn’t have the time or the resources for a brick and mortar college, so I began researching online. After a year of doing research, I chose Ashworth. It was affordable and convenient.

Q: Did you intend to attend college earlier? What deterred you?

A: I entered the workforce after high school and then became a mom. I waited to pursue my degree until my daughter was old enough to be more self-sufficient. She’s 11 now, and it is definitely the right time.

Q: How do you plan to use your Associate’s Degree in Marketing?

A: My husband and I own a residential real estate and property management company. I think this degree will help us market our business better and ultimately help us grow.

Q: What inspired you to pursue your degree?

A: It always bothered me that I couldn’t check the box with college degree listed as my highest level of education. It seems that a college degree is the minimum requirement today. I’ll be so excited when I can check that box!

“It always bothered me that I couldn’t check the box with college degree listed as my highest level of education. I’ll be so excited when I can check that box!”

Q: What do you like most about learning online?

A: My schedule is full with my business and family. I love that I can complete the lessons on my schedule and at my pace.

Q: What did it mean to you to receive the ACCESS scholarship?

A: I was thrilled! A college degree is a major undertaking. The scholarship has made getting a degree even more feasible.

Q: What advice do you have for others considering a degree?

A: Just do it! Pursuing college online makes a degree attainable for those who either don’t have a lot of time or don’t feel that a traditional college is right for them. Also, I would tell them to take it seriously. Just because you work at your own pace doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s harder than I thought, and I have had to be dedicated to the process. My professors are demanding, and I feel like I’m getting a quality education. I have been encouraging my nephew to pursue his degree online. You can do it as long as you put in the time and effort!

Congratulations Diana! You and all our students make us proud, each and every day. To learn more about the ACCESS scholarship, go here. Or, feel free to call us with any questions at 1-800-957-5412.

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Ashworth College allows you to study on your terms, whenever and however you want. But even with flexible study times, no due dates, and no “cramming for exam” dates, stress still creeps in. When it does, remind yourself that stress can be a good thing. You’re most likely stressed because you want to perform well, meet obligations, be a better person. All worthy goals! But to do all those things, you’ll need to wrangle stress down to a manageable level. Otherwise—burn out.

Below are five apps that offer tips for managing stress in college and—better yet—in life. These apps are perfect for online college students. Pick your app and get your zen on!

1. Headspace

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2. Colorfy

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3. Coffitivity

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4. Zen Koi

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5. Daily Yoga

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The lesson here? Phones often serve as our biggest distractions, but if you take a breath and download these five apps, you are on your way to a more productive, stress-free day.


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When it comes to what employers want to see in a resume, you may be surprised. Certainly they want to see the standard bits of information, such as education, job history, and training. But what they’re really looking for is a means by which to determine if you’re the right hire for the job. This means they’re also looking at information such as results, relevance, signs of motivation, and an indication that you have a genuine interest in the company and position.

No matter where you are in your educational journey or career, you can write a resume that helps employers identify you as the best person to hire.

Here’s what employers look for in a winning resume – and three things they don’t want to see.

1. Keywords

Keywords help match your resume to relevant job openings. It should be a no-brainer to realize that an employer searching for a “veterinary technician” needs to see that specific phrase in your resume (and not just the abbreviation “vet tech”). Beyond the job title, you should include other important keywords in your resume, too.

Go over any job posting carefully and make a list of the skills and attributes the employer is seeking. For instance, if a job posting lists “the ability to create pivot tables in Excel,” and you have this experience, then be sure to include the phrase “pivot tables” in your resume. If a posting requires “ability to work with minimal supervision,” and your prior work history includes such a position, then you should be sure to write something like, “managed the department with minimal supervision.” Including specific keywords like this helps employers find you when searching for resumes online and also helps the hiring official match you to the opportunity when scanning resumes to determine which people to interview.

2. Action-oriented verbs

When you write about your employment history, use strong action verbs and focus on accomplishments instead of tasks.


Example: “Achieved 25% year-on-year sales growth,” NOT “Was responsible for managing the sales department.”

Example: “Reduced patient billing errors by improving the efficiency of work flow within the department,” NOT “As part of management responsibility, changed the department’s work flow.”


Be sure to quantify your achievements whenever possible. If you can use numbers to communicate the concrete results of your efforts on the job, it will help a prospective employer better visualize what you can contribute to the organization.

3. Education

Even if you’re applying for a job that doesn’t specify an educational requirement, be sure to list all of your degrees and relevant diplomas or certificates, starting with the highest degree you’ve earned. You do not need to include the year you graduated unless you are still taking classes, in which case you should share your anticipated graduation date and your current GPA:

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (anticipated degree date June 2020)
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Current GPA: 3.9

To highlight your commitment to continuing education, be sure to include relevant career diplomas and certificates you’ve earned:

Career Diploma: AutoCAD
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Career Diploma: Medical Office Assistant
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Three things an employer doesn’t want to see on your resume

Just as employers are looking for the inclusion of certain items on a resume, they are also actively scanning to make sure certain items are not a part of your resume. Don’t make these common resume mistakes! No employer wants to see these errors on a resume.

  1. Typos. Make sure to carefully proofread your resume before you post it online or send it to a prospective employer. In fact, you should have a couple of friends proofread your resume, too, to catch any stray typos.
  2. Inflated skills or credentials. Be honest on your resume and only list the skills and qualifications you actually possess. Never lie on your resume, whether it’s about your educational level or past career history.
  3. Lack of links to social media profiles. These days, many employers dive deeply into the backgrounds of their job candidates. On your resume, include links to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle, personal website, or other relevant social media so prospective employers can get to know you better.

BONUS: Add a new degree to your resume’s education section

You can increase your chance of getting a good job by pursuing a degree, certificate, or career diploma in a field that pairs well with your interests. Talk to an admissions advisor today to find a degree program at Ashworth College that suits your interests, schedule, and budget!

 
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