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What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2019 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.
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Can a Master's Degree Push Your Career Forward?

October 12 2016 - If you're feeling stuck with your career and can't seem to get that promotion you have been pursuing for a while, you are not alone. Thousands of workers in the United States are feeling the same way. There are plenty of reasons why you may be stuck in a particular position; there are plenty of ways to get around the things that have been blocking your career path, too.

Getting a master's degree is the solution many career experts recommend. Can a master's degree really push your career forward?

An Immediate Effect

The answer to that question is mostly a yes. I said mostly, because not all higher positions require you to have a master's degree. That said, actually enrolling in a program and taking the first couple of steps towards getting a master's degree in a field of your choice can help a lot.

Be sure to update your CV and mention that you're getting a master's degree to the HR department. This brings immediate benefits. First, you may be able to get the company to pay for a portion of the tuition fee. A lot of corporations actually support their employees' attempt to get a higher degree.

Second of all, you'll be considered for more positions that you can imagine. Since you are learning a lot of new skills from the course, you're increasing your chances of getting promoted just by enrolling in a program.

Easier Than Ever

Pursuing a master's degree is also easier than ever. You don't have to quit your job or move near a university to be able to enroll in a program. Some of the best courses from top universities are available as online courses. You can join the program and have immense flexibility with time and the courses themselves.

If you're a registered nurse, for instance, Bradley University has a reputable online MSN program you can join. The program offers a master of science in nursing, a title you will need to apply for higher positions like Nurse Manager or Chief Nursing Officer.

A Push Towards the Right Direction

A masters of science in nursing also presents a great opportunity to pivot your career and change its direction completely. Getting an MBA, for example, will open up a lot of mid to top-level management positions. You can move to a completely different industry and have an even brighter career in general.

Let's not forget that the demand for skilled and experienced workers is also increasing rapidly in other countries. You can explore the possibilities of working overseas while still have the ability to complete your online course and get that master's degree you have always wanted.

At the end of the day, the decision is yours to make. It is clear that a master's degree - or simply enrolling in a program to pursue one - can help a lot with your career. Finding the right program to join is also very easy to do. If there's a perfect time to grab a higher degree, now would be that time.

Resumes For Dummies
Resumes For Dummies(r), 6th Edition
by Joyce Lain Kennedy
  Get the jump on the competition with the first book that tells you how to create a resume that takes advantage of today's technology. Say goodbye to ugly, plain text formats and welcome the return of the handsome resume - fully formatted and reader friendly. This newly revised guide shows you how to craft a "StandOut" resume that'll get your foot in the door.
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