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Ashworth College grads spill why they went back to college

Written by Ashworth College on Monday, 09 April 2018. Posted in Online College, Success Stories

Ashworth College grads spill why they went back to college

What’s motivating you to think about going back to college? If you’re considering an online school, like Ashworth College, research says your reason is probably related to your career or a lifelong dream around education.

According to the report Online College Students 2017, one in four adult students said they go back to school online to transition to a new career field.

The other top reasons?

  • I want an increase in pay or salary (20%)
  • The satisfaction of earning a degree (17%)
  • I want to update my skills required for my job (11%)
  • I am seeking a promotion (11%)
  • I am unemployed and need more education to get a job (10%)

We were curious how Ashworth College graduates would answer the question, “Why did you go back to college?” Some of their answers fall into the categories above, but others might surprise you!

Reason #1: My family

For some students, earning their degree is about setting the right example for the next generation. Mother of two, Tamesha Smith credits her daughters for helping her stop procrastinating and find the motivation to earn her bachelor’s in business administration.

For other students, like Chandra King, going back to school is about making those who came before her and those after her proud. When we caught up with her, she was excited to be walking across the graduation stage to receive her diploma in front of her grandmother and her daughter, both of whom inspired her decision to enroll.

Reason #2: My career

There’s no arguing that a college degree can help advance your career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who earn their associate degree earn 18% more than people with only a high school diploma. Those with a bachelor’s degree make 67% more! Earning a degree can give you a clearer path to higher positions within your career or open more options when it’s time to switch it up. Need proof? Those are the exact reasons Wendell Ballantye chose to go to college online at Ashworth.

Reason #3: My dream

Many of our students say having a college degree was something they always wanted, but it was out of reach because their busy schedules wouldn’t allow it, or they couldn’t afford it. Once they found Ashworth though, all those obstacles were gone, leaving only the opportunity to go after their dreams. The ease of our flexible programs is what made earning a college degree possible for Lisa Ledee. And, because of that, she was able to achieve a lifelong goal!

Has there ever been that one thing you’ve always wanted? Sometimes when you have a big dream, it can feel intimidating to go after it. But don’t let doubts hold you back. In Jayquan Griffin’s case, finishing college and becoming a teacher was something he’d wanted to do since he was a little kid. Now that he has his degree, he’s living his dream!

Whether it’s your family, your career, your dreams, or something else, Ashworth College can help you get an education on your terms. Our recommendation? Write down your goal and motivation. Then enroll online and watch those dreams come true.

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