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    Why Should I Pursue an Associate Degree?

    By Linda O’Heron

    Depending on what you envision for your career, there is a good chance that you will need some kind of special training, education, or both.

    If you decide to go the healthcare career route, your end goal will probably be obtaining certification in your field. However, when it comes to your education, it may be in your best interests to consider earning a degree. Degree programs at Florida Career College combine career-specific training with general education classes that offer you the chance to share ideas, get to know yourself, and learn about the world around you.

    Education is one of those things that can never be taken away from you. You might not use it all the time, but the experiences and the ability to apply what you’ve learned to real-life situations will stay with you long after graduation. In addition, as competition for jobs increases, it is important that you have skills that will help you stand out to employers. No matter what type of career you pursue, your general education classes will help you develop valuable workplace skills.

    A degree may also lead to job opportunities that would not otherwise arise. In fact, many positions today require a degree, and that’s not expected to change anytime soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010)[1], the number of jobs that will require at least an associate degree is projected to grow twice as fast as those with no college requirement.

    Studies show that graduates who earn a degree make more money over the course of their lifetime, have better benefits, and more opportunities than those without a degree.[2] However, a degree isn’t just about the money. What the statistics don’t say is that these same graduates often have a higher level of confidence knowing they’ve reached a goal and achieved a dream. Whether or not you are the first person in your family to graduate with a degree, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment and a lifetime of pride in this achievement after you graduate.

    Overall, pursuing a degree at an Florida Career College can help empower you to be more in control of your life, add to your personal knowledge and character, and can help open doors for you in the future.





    [1] Lacey, T. Alan and Wright, Benjamin. “Occupational employment projections to 2018.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 December, 2010.

    [2] Bureau of Labor Statistics. “News Release: Employment Projections – 2010-20.” 1 February, 2012.


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