Getting a Good Education: Why Parents Should Encourage Their Kids to Go to College Reply

High school is approaching a rapid end for your child, and it is time to have that serious talk about what their future plans are. While your child may be considering a job in the local market, it may not be in their best interests to halt their educational momentum. They have always had pretty decent grades, and this will tend to mean they will do well in college also: if they apply themselves. With that in mind, it will be in your child’s best interests to explain to them why pursuing college now is going to help them out in the long term.

What College Has to Offer

When your child was in high school, they were introduced to a general education that was not very skill oriented or specific enough around which to build a meaningful career. In college, they will take courses that move them beyond basic applications of math, science and other key subjects that are central to modern practical and industrial applications. In many cases, a career path can be more easily fortified by a specific college-based curriculum than by simply working jobs that require little to no skills.

Wages Increase with Education

It is unlikely that your child fully grasps the value of having a college degree. Even if they only go as far as an associate’s degree or some niche technical degree, this can translate to a huge increase in wage earnings over their lifetime. In fact, the more in-demand their degree program happens to be, the more they will tend to earn. This makes good sense; since, as with any other system of supply and demand, those who are in demand simply stand to be the most prized for their desperately needed skills. It is important your child starts to see themselves as one whose skills and education should make them part of the in-demand crowd.

Choosing a College

Part of going to college is choosing the right learning institution for achieving your child’s long term educational goals. They may find that what they are interested in is being offered through an online degree, at a regional campus that is run by an organization like College America. Such learning institutions are often able to help students find the career paths that are currently in demand: including degree programs geared for careers in business, healthcare and information technology.

Exposure Matters

Something important that your child needs to understand is that college is an opportunity that opens them up to more than simply earning a degree. Your child will be in contact with professional educators who, in many cases, are thought leaders that help to define the direction of the fields that students like your child are heading into. This is especially true at research-based universities that push their instructors to publish or perish. Often these instructors will take a liking to certain students and want to groom them for high level research in a given field of study. These once in a lifetime opportunities are priceless. They make it possible for someone learning about a field to get their name attached to groundbreaking research; thus, making that student far more desirable and attractive to large corporations who need first-hand, cutting-edge, innovative thinkers on staff.

College is a time when your child will mature as a person. It is also a time when their insights into how they fit into the ever evolving global economy will start to take shape. Since college will give your child new experiences, a higher education and rare opportunities they will not find anywhere else, the decision to go to college is one your child should think about long and hard. This decision should be made with an informed perspective about what a college education can do for them.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Connect with her on Google+and (@LizzieWeakley).

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Becoming an Academic: 4 Scholarly Ways to Pursue a High-Quality Education Reply

Many laymen think scholars just discuss issues the rest of the world does not care about. But the truth is that they direct the course of mankind. If a scholar has a good idea, other professors will include it in their syllabuses and teach it to young minds. If you are interested in becoming a scholar, there are a few things you can do.

Do Not Be a Clone

You may have been influenced by robust scholars in your field. But if you are just regurgitating everything they say, people are not going to take you seriously. In fact, your dissertation will have to prove that you can contribute original content to your field. Further, reading different scholars will diversify the way you think and help you to come up with new ideas.

Scholarship is Something You Do, Not Something You Are

If you want to be a scholar just for the prestige of having a title before your name, you are probably in it for the wrong reason. A scholar is somebody who regularly practices scholarship. This means you will have to write in peer-reviewed journals on a regular basis. Practice thinking about your field and prepare to really consume yourself in it. A good place to start is to read a lot of good books or even to start a blog.

Learn to Handle Criticism

Many people struggle with handling criticism. But that is what scholarship is about. If you submit something to a peer-reviewed journal, you can expect other academics to pick it apart. If you cannot handle that, this will be an aspect of emotional maturity you need to develop.

You will also have to deal with laymen picking your ideas apart. Since the advent of the internet, many scholars are doomed to respond to the popular-level nonsense that emerges online. You will have to discern the best way to spend your time. Typically, other scholars should receive most of your attention.

Choose a Credentialed University

Some students choose third-tier schools for their doctorates because they do not have time or money. But academics will not take you seriously if you have an unaccredited doctorate. Fortunately, there are plenty of online programs from high-quality universities. If your field is library science, pursue an online library science degree.

If you are interested in becoming a scholar, then your influence could direct the course of human history. But this also means you will have to consign yourself to the life of the academic. You will spend your spare time reading and writing. That will be more of a public service than anything else.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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How to Thrive in College Programs Geared to STEM Disciplines Reply

STEM careers count among the hottest and best-paying jobs around. A sampling of salaries for engineers on the Glassdoor website shows that the average salary for people working in this STEM field is just above $76,000 per year. It is salaries like these that make these fields attractive to incoming college students. If you’re entering a STEM-related degree program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, here are a couple of tips to help you thrive in your new college environment.

Prep Courses

Most STEM fields require a foundation in the sciences and in mathematics. The early years of your education should be spent taking coursework in fields like biology, trigonometry, or geometry, (depending upon the demands of your program). If you aren’t sure which of these prep courses you should take for your major, be sure to talk to your guidance counselor or refer to your college catalog.

Specialized Knowledge

According the University of Illinois at Chicago website, regulations may play a role in how software like mobile apps for the medical field gets developed (or not). There can be issues pertaining to unclear regulations or privacy laws. If you’d like to use your STEM career to go into a specific field such as this, it might also be helpful to take coursework that deals with ethics or law in your future field. This specialized knowledge can help you define a career niche as well as help you make decisions about future internships.

Non-STEM Options

If you’re interested in a STEM career, but aren’t sure if you actually want to work in a STEM job, say as an engineer or a computer programmer, it’s possible to work in positions that support these types of jobs. For example, Ohio University offers a Master in Engineering Management.

This field of study builds on an engineer’s education and adds coursework in project management, communication, and engineering process improvement. This is just an example. Chances are there is a management or support position in your STEM field of interest. When you are looking at your STEM field, think about taking coursework that would support a STEM job. These skills allow you to work in your STEM field, but in a different capacity.

Soft Skills

A lack of STEM skills isn’t the only reason people don’t get jobs post-college. These graduates often lack communication, critical-thinking, or even creative skills. (In other words, they need more soft skills). While it’s important for you to get a solid foundation in math and science, don’t completely overlook classes like speech and debate, creative writing, or even art. Having these skills could mean the difference between getting a job after you graduate or not.

People who pursue STEM degrees position themselves to get good jobs and good incomes once they graduate. If you’ve committed yourself to getting a STEM degree, be sure to take coursework in both basic math and science—as they relate to your field—as well as classes in disciplines that teach you soft skills.

Additionally, if you know you want to work in a STEM field, it’s often helpful to know which one specifically in order to build the skills necessary to work within the regulations of that industry. Finally, remember that not all STEM-field jobs require you to have degrees in engineering or math. You might find a job in a support position. Be sure to take some classes that deal with these positions as well.

About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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How Can Veterans Take Advantage of the GI Bill When Attending College? Reply

As more veterans return home from active duty and decide what to do next, attending college is a popular option. By using their military skills, they can often combine those unique skills with college to put themselves on an exciting career path. Since they have GI Bill benefits, they have a variety of options ahead of them. To learn how veterans can take advantage of the GI Bill while attending college, here are some important points to keep in mind.

The GI Bill is Not Federal Financial Aid

While virtually all students rely on financial aid to attend college, the GI Bill is not viewed as traditional federal financial aid. Because of this, veterans must apply for student loans or sign promissory notes to the school, then pay them with their GI Bill benefits. This is especially important for those pursuing an online master’s in special education in any school across the nation, since they will need to attend school for a longer period of time while still maintaining a personal and professional life.

The GI Bill Can Be Started and Stopped as Needed

If you need to pursue your education part-time, GI Bill benefits can be started and stopped as needed. By doing so, many veterans first complete an associate’s degree, take some time off, then complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. This will allow veterans the time needed to learn how military strategies can work in the business world, develop a formal resume, and understand how to best market their skills.

You Have 10-15 Years to Use Your Benefits

Whether you want to be a full-time student or take only one class at a time, you can do so through the GI Bill, since you’ll have as many as 15 years to use your benefits. With this amount of time, veterans can ease back into civilian and college life without the pressure of having to quickly complete their education.

The GI Bill Pays Based on the Credits You Take

By paying based on the number of credits you take, the GI Bill can provide up to $1000 per year for books and supplies, and can offer a monthly housing allowance while paying full tuition to the school.

No matter how you choose to use your GI Bill benefits, the good news is that if used wisely, you can find yourself transitioning from a great military career into an equally satisfying civilian career.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

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5 Ways Technology is Advancing Education Reply

Technology has changed the way that we live so it only makes sense that it would also change the way that our education system works. We see it constantly both in the classroom and even from the way that we are able to collect knowledge from the comfort of our home. To help further highlight this impact, below we will be examining five of the ways that technology is advancing education.

1. Bridging the Gender Gap

In the world of STEM fields, there is, unfortunately, a prominent gender gap. Fortunately, the inclusion of technology in the classroom could potentially offer an opportunity to begin to bridge that gap.

It should first be noted that educators are going to be the most dominant aspect of this process. School-aged girls will require exposure to STEM materials, enthusiastic instruction, and examples of female role models from the world of STEM-related career paths.

However, technology does give instructors the tools to make these steps towards bridging the gender gap accessible. We already know that technology in a classroom leads to more intensive student engagement. Instructors will also find that it is easier than ever before to use a combination of videos, audio, and reading material to expose their students to the exciting aspects of STEM-related studies.

In short, what technology provides young women is access. It is then up to their instructors to make the most of it.

2. Opportunities for a Free Education

Unfortunately, one of the most common hurdles associated with the pursuit of education is cost. Schooling is expensive but thanks to the internet we are now living in an age of free information.

Elite universities like Yale have complied information on a wide range of topics including literature, history, foreign language studies, and other core subjects. There are also a number of non-university sites like Free-Ed that provide free educational resources for individuals of any age.

Naturally, the learning materials are hit and miss with these sites. Sometimes (as is the case with the above-listed pages) there is plenty of high-quality work material that you will be able to sift through, while other times the resources may leave the scholar wanting more.

Depending on what sites you use, resources include, but are not limited to, video, audio, tests, and other reading materials. Unfortunately, programs of this nature do not currently have the same pedigree that is enjoyed by Universities (or even more formal online colleges) but their existence is nevertheless a step towards affordable secondary education.

3. Expanding Educational Services

The advent of rapidly advancing technology is also being felt in traditional classrooms of every grade level. Tech helps teachers create well-rounded curriculums that are designed around the specific needs of their students.

This is particularly useful in the education of children that do not speak English as their first language–a situation that is very common in the United States.

In the United States, there are approximately 12 million school-aged students that speak a different language at school than they do at home. Unfortunately, most of the time teachers are just unable to accommodate the specific needs of those students, with only 2.5% of teachers being able to communicate with their students in their native tongues.

Technology helps to help provide educational opportunities that English language learner students are often deprived of. It helps increase student engagement, facilitate collaboration between classmates, teach online skills that are useful, if not essential to modern living, and provide a safe space for ELL students to learn English.

For these reasons, technology is now empowering teachers to create curriculums that suit the needs of students that are otherwise often neglected.

4. Globalization

We are all well-aware of the way that the internet opens the world up to us. In the case of the classroom, online connections allow students to go beyond the pages of their books and see new places and things in a way that was never before possible. They can even meet students from the classrooms of other countries to learn about different cultures in a more interactive way than ever before.

In this capacity, technology is able to take concepts (such as the culture of a European country) and transform the way that students understand them by illustrating the ways in which they affect the lives of real people.

5. Augmented & Virtual Reality

Augmented and virtual reality are newer technologies that are only just starting to pick up steam. Innovation is quick, however, and it has been projected that by 2020, VR and AR are expected to be worth $150 billion.

The way in which these technologies can affect classroom learning still have not been fully fleshed out, but even today instructors are using virtual reality to provide a concrete understanding of history, literature, and even the sciences.

As this technology continues to grow there is no doubt that it will play a very prominent role in the future of education.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to enhance your education online, feel free to check out this list of sites that offer online education programs completely free.

Ryan Ayers has been a consultant for over five years within multiple industries including information technology, medical devices and logistics. Many clients call him the BizTech Guru. He is a freelance writer on the side and lover of all things related to business, technology, innovation and the LA Clippers. Read more from Ryan: @TheBizTechGuru

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Evolving Healthcare: Top 4 Reasons a Medical Degree is a Safe Bet Reply

All careers evolve. It’s one thing that college students should always keep in mind, especially as they’re preparing to make a choice of major. One field that seems like a safe bet is that of medicine. Below are just a few of the reasons why these degrees will likely continue to pay off for many years.

The Field Will Always Exist

Medical care certainly isn’t going anywhere. As long as there are people, there will be a need for people to care for them. While jobs will inevitably be lost to field changes and technology, there will never be a point where humans aren’t needed to care for humans. Knowing that there is a kind of stability in the field is one of the best reasons to pursue a medical degree. After all, it’s nice to know that your job won’t ever really be rendered obsolete.

The Medical Field is Huge

The medical field is bigger than you might think. While the average person immediately thinks of doctors and nurses, there are dozens of highly-specialized technical positions that must be filled in the industry. Medical lab technicians, for example, are in high demand across the country. Pursuing a medical degree of any sort is a great way to look at the careers available in medicine. The availability of NP, BSN, and MLS online programs also allows for greater flexibility in pursuing these careers. The sheer scope of the field makes it more likely that jobs will stick around for the foreseeable future.

Medical Professionals are in Demand

Medical professionals are more in demand than ever, as there is a huge shortage of primary care providers. This means that for at least the next several years, those who hold medical degrees will have an easier time finding work than most of their similarly-educated peers. As demand increases, so too will the number of jobs available for properly-trained candidates.

Changes in Technology are Creating New Jobs

Having a medical degree will also give degree holders access to jobs that don’t even exist yet. Simply being in the field will give medical workers a chance to be on the cutting edge of employment, working with new technologies and using new techniques. Those who pursue degrees today will be able to use them in ways that might not even be imaginable in the current field.

Your medical degree can help you find a job that’s in demand and will pay well. It will also let you become part of a community that’s not going anywhere in the near future. If you’re looking for something that’s relatively future-proof, medicine is the first place to start.



Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter  or Facebook.

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5 Elements of an Effective Learning Classroom 1

For ages now, some of the brightest minds in science have been trying to pinpoint what it is exactly that makes learning more effective. Different tutors have employed various techniques with great success, but are there some common denominators that can make a learning classroom reach its full potential. Due to the fact that the learning process itself is something quite subjective, there might not be a definitive answer to this question. Still, here are five elements that most would agree belong in an effective learning classroom.

1. Students are asking questions

An ancient Chinese proverb claims that he who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes, while he who doesn’t ask remains a fool forever. As harsh as this may sound, one of the first indicators that something is off in the classroom is that students are too afraid to ask questions. This happens for several reasons, two most important ones being that A) they are afraid that they will look foolish in the eyes of their tutors and B) they are afraid that they will look foolish in the eyes of their peers. Needless to say, a great teacher has the means to deal with both of these issues by creating an environment that invites questions.

2. An outlined course

One should never downplay the power of intrinsic motivation; however, knowing their end-goal is hardly enough to keep students interested for the whole duration of the course. Therefore, an efficient teacher starts the course by stating its goals and briefly mentioning the methods that will be used in order to achieve them. Aside from this, those who are interested in providing a slightly more detailed run-down might want to look into the idea of booklet printing and distribute hard copies to their students. This way, they can even track the progress of the course and use this material as a great aid during their study.

3. A variety of learning models

Another key feature to remember is that while some learning models may be considered a bit more traditional, none of them ever become completely obsolete. You see, different models are great for teaching different subjects and even different topics. Knowing how to use several different models efficiently, within the duration of the same course is not an easy task, but it might be vital in helping students adopt new knowledge with great success.

4. Including all learning styles

Generally speaking, there are three major learning styles that are determined by the dominant sense in a particular learning process. The basic division of these models is the so-called VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) system. Unlike learning models, the success rate of including different learning styles mostly depends on the personality and predisposition of the learner. While it is true that most people are visual learners, an effective learning classroom leaves no one behind, which is why an effective teacher tries to employ all of these tactics at once. In addition to these three, there is also a fourth modality – tactile learning style, although it is significantly less present in a lot of subjects, due to its somewhat impractical nature.

5. Keeping the class interesting

This last part is definitely the most abstract of the five, yet it plays a vital role in the overall success of the course. In the past, a lot of teachers believed that the inability of students to follow the subject matter was due to their lack of interest in the topic at hand. Nonetheless, one’s inability to focus on the topic currently discussed isn’t necessarily determined by their lack of interest, but may be influenced by other factors.

It is the teacher’s job to make the topic interesting and relevant through interesting anecdotes, real-life examples and even jokes. This, of course, doesn’t mean that one should turn their lecture into a stand-up comedy routine, but speaking for an hour and a half in a monotonous voice while standing motionless in front of the class is the worse alternative.


As the end of the day, some of the above-listed elements were discovered by careful decade-long studies, while others are quite intuitive and obvious to anyone who has ever attended a lecture. One thing they have in common, though, is that they are all vital to creating the ultimate learning environment, which is the end goal of every conscientious teacher.

Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focus is digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor at Bizzmark blog and a mother of two.

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College Life: The Top 3 Focusing Tips for Millenials Reply

College is an incredibly exciting experience. For a young person, it’s their first taste of freedom, as they get to demonstrate their independence, free from parental supervision. It’s a time of studying, socializing, and discovering oneself.

In order to have the most fulfilling experience possible, college students need to understand how to strike a proper balance between their responsibilities and having fun. It is also important to figure out the best ways for you to focus. Whether it’s incense, peppermint oil, taking detailed notes, or trying out an e-cigarette from a place like The Vape Mall, everyone has their own methods.

College Students need to keep track of their obligations and not get carried away. Here are the top three focusing tips for millennials.

1. Make a schedule

You can feel easily overwhelmed as a college student. Classes, socializing, and extracurriculars such as clubs and sports can really take a toll on someone. You can certainly manage a hectic schedule, but you first need to make the schedule. Take the time to outline your weeks and determine how feasible they are.

You might think you have no time for all of it but you will be surprised by just how flexible your schedule is. If you find it to be too packed, you might consider dropping some inessential activities. You can also try switching your schedule around. For instance, if you have four obligations on Tuesdays but none on Wednesdays, you might re-schedule a couple of those things to Wednesday.

2. Tackle assignments early

Procrastination is one of the most dangerous traps college students can fall into. If you aren’t on top of your schoolwork, you could easily fall behind and struggle to catch back up with your class. This is a lesson you don’t want to learn before it’s too late.

When you receive an assignment, you should immediately start on it. You don’t need to finish it all on the first day. You just need to make a bit of a dent. For instance, if you have a research paper due in a couple weeks, you should start off with the first paragraph. This will help you stay focused for the rest of the assignment.

3. Put work over pleasure

While college is a place for having fun, you shouldn’t sacrifice your academic performance for short-term pleasure. If you need to get a good night’s sleep before an exam, or you have an important project due and your friends invite you out, explain to them why you can’t go out. Be sure to get a raincheck for hanging out when you’re free, though.

We hope this will help you with focusing in college. It can be a demanding time, but it’s also very invigorating and exciting. With these tips, you can have the best college experience possible.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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4 Things You Can Offer Businesses After Graduating with a CS Degree Reply

If you’re fascinated by technology and thrive on intellectual challenges, a career in computer science may be the best option for you. This can be a demanding field and is certainly not for everyone, but it leads to more opportunities and rewards than many other professions. Here are four key benefits you bring to an employer when you’ve earned a computer degree.

Provide Value to Many Industries

In our increasingly technical culture, computers are vital to every organization. Software programming, digital marketing campaigns, websites, data processing, and many more computer fields are essential to the success of modern business in every industry. An employee that demonstrates in-depth understanding of computer systems and concepts is an asset to any company, whether it’s a major bank or a local clothing store. With specialized skills such as programming or network security, you’ll always be in demand.

The Future of IT

Computer science applies to an ever-increasing range of needs and devices. Apart from traditional notions like desktops and servers, computing is integral to our phones and communications, as well as to the new era of smart devices. This can include anything from fitness wearables to smart appliances. Tomorrow’s homes will likely have 3-D printers, robotic servants, and AI controlling the lights and AC. With a current computer science degree, you’ll be empowered to help shape industry to meet these demands.

Fast-Growing Information

With enormous amounts of data now being collected via sensors, cameras, scanners, and interactive websites, every organization is looking for ways to organize and leverage this information. Every company is struggling to both monitor and forecast its operations to understand their customers and gain a business advantage. As a computer scientist, you can work on the hardware, software, and techniques that make timely analysis and data-driven decisions easier. This is a need of crucial importance to today’s companies.

Make the World Better

It isn’t just profit-driven businesses that need computer professionals. Non-profits, education, healthcare, and government are all looking for digital solutions. This provides them better tools to serve the public. For instance, after the NYPD first implemented computer analysis, crime dropped by 12 percent in the first year. As a computer scientist, you can help society to develop digital solutions that will save lives.

Computers are amazing tools that can help immensely in every aspect of life. Becoming a computer specialist means you could have a dramatic impact on any organization you choose to work for.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can follow her on twitter and LinkedIn.

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For Immigrants: What an ESL Program Can Do for Your Future Career Prospects Reply

These days, learning English can give you a lot of opportunities, especially in your professional life. This article will show you a couple of ways that learning the English language will pay off in dividends at the end.

You’ll Get More Professional Opportunities

When you only speak one language, you may limit your job opportunities. Once you learn to speak English, your professional opportunities will automatically increase as you can look for jobs outside of your native land. If the job prospects in your home country become limited, you can find work in English-speaking countries like Canada, the United States, and much of Europe.

Multinational Companies Need Employees Who Speak English

When you have English language skills, you don’t have to leave your native country to find a high-paying job. Companies who have headquarters in English-speaking nations set up satellite buildings in other international locations. Depending on the work and the market that the company is trying to reach, speaking English may act as a requirement for hire. Many students enroll in schools such as the Interactive College of Technology to find lucrative positions in these types of companies.

You Have a Better Chance of Getting the Job

When you learn different languages, you already have at least one advantage over people who only speak their native tongue. You show that you like to challenge yourself by living in a foreign land and learning a new language. This bravery tells the employer that you regularly dedicate yourself to self-improvement.

You’ll Get More Opportunities within Your Company

If you have the ability to speak English as a second or even third language, you will get presented with more opportunities and could also get promotions. For example, you might get asked to travel to an English-speaking country and interact with colleagues who only speak that language.

You Will Change Your Brain

According to researchers, studying a new language changes how your brain works. Experts believe that multilingual people remember sequences and lists better, they become more aware of their immediate surrounding, and they have more focus. All of these things will make you a valuable employee at any company.

From living abroad to getting high pay in a job in your home country, you have plenty of reasons to learn English. With the world economy changing at a rapid clip, it will only help you to increase your employability. Learning English can make you much more valuable to employers all around the world.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Connect with her on Google+and (@LizzieWeakley).

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