Monday, May 2, 2016

Not Ready to Retire? Take the Leap Into Online Learning:
For older professionals who aren’t quite ready to contemplate retirement, an online master’s degree can keep you competitive in the fast-changing business world. The 2000 Census indicated that workers with a master’s degree or higher earn an average 30% more than those with a bachelor’s degree (U.S. Census Bureau).

Promotions and raises are only the beginning. Whether you’re looking to make a major career change, earn more in preparation for retirement, or raise your profile as a leader of your profession, online programs have now made advanced education more accessible than ever.

So, what’s stopping you?

Surprisingly, the fear of using technology keeps some otherwise ambitious individuals from pursuing further education. But, with 9 out of 10 Americans online (Pew Research Center 2015), the Internet is clearly a fixture of everyday life. Consider these tips for how to embrace technology and make 2016 your best year yet:

  • Get social. – In 2015, Pew Research Center found that 65% of adult internet users ages 50-64 use social networking sites. Sign up for Facebook, Twitter or another platform to not only connect with friends and family, but also increase your comfort level with online posting. Posting will be your primary method of participation in online classrooms.
  • Find a Silver Surfer. – The stereotype of the not-so-tech-savvy Baby Boomer is false, according to new studies. Emarketer recently found that over 53% of Americans 65+ use the internet. Do you know an avid internet user? Have a cup of coffee with your Silver Surfing friend and ask for a few tech tips.
  • Take a workshop. – Look for resources in your community. Free or low cost internet and technology classes are often offered by public libraries, councils on aging, community colleges, churches and other organizations. Sign up for a seminar and you’ll be downloading and uploading in no time.

Ask an online school.  – Many universities offer free resources. Grand Canyon University offers its online students a three-day “Introduction to Grand Canyon” course which teaches online discussion and participation and how to use the university’s LoudCloud online platform.
Once you begin to utilize technology, even for just a few minutes each day, you’ll find the transition into graduate education within your reach. All that remains is research. Make sure any university you consider is reputable, accredited and within your financial capability.
Grand Canyon University offers scholarships that reduce tuition by 20% for cohort learning programs, which include convenient scheduling and online classes for working adults. With prestigious programs across education, business, health care and STEM, Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. Get connected and explore our accredited graduate degree opportunities today at gcu.edu


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About Grand Canyon University (GCU)

GCU is a comprehensive regionally accredited university that offers over 190 academic programs across eight colleges both online and on ground at our 200+ acre campus in Phoenix, Arizona. We offer master and doctoral degrees in contemporary fields that are designed to provide students with the capacity for transformational leadership in their chosen industry, emphasizing the immediate relevance of theory, application, and evaluation to promote personal and organizational change. For more information about Grand Canyon University, visit gcu.edu/empnet