Continue your education while working full-time and raising a family

Continue your education while working full-time and raising a family.
Continue your education while working full-time and raising a family.

Adult professionals generally seek flexibility in their schooling plans. Working mothers and fathers, in particular, may seek career advancement through graduate degrees, but lack the necessary time to attend campus-based courses.

The flexibility of online learning settings may prove quite attractive to full-time workers. Many online courses are of comparable quality and rigor to traditional university curricula.

A number of universities are embracing the demographic of non-traditional students - working parents, full-time workers and adults in career transition. A Florida-based university, for example, recently announced the inception of a new online doctoral program in leadership and management.

Professionals who are working in both non-profit and private sector education-related outfits could pursue a doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management while continuing on with their careers. The degree program would train them in leadership and management theories so they can advance in their fields to positions of administration, such as a dean or principal.

Parents who are supporting a growing family may note that there are many financial incentives for pursuing post-secondary education, particularly graduate degrees. Bachelor's degree holders earned, on average, $1,025 each week in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Moreover, working professionals who held a master's degree and were employed at the same time made an average weekly wage of $1,257, the BLS notes.

SHARE: