re-inventing yourself with online degreesI still remember as a freshman heading off to college, my mother saying to me, “Just remember, no one knows who you are there.  You can be anyone you want.”

And you know what?  She was right.  No one knew anything about me – what I was good at, not good at, whether I was an introvert, an extrovert, good at sports or bad, and I completely reinvented myself during that transition from high school to college.  It was great.  I felt like a completely new person; a person I’d always wanted to be, but never really had the chance to be because everyone at home already new me.

So what’s keeping you from reinventing yourself?  It might not be as difficult as you think.  You may even find that it is possible by way of a new or improved education?  A new education could lead to a completely new job, a new career and even a new life or lifestyle.

Here are a few thoughts on ways in which a new education could have you feeling like a whole new person.

Online Degrees: A New Beginning

The proliferation of online degrees brings a whole new factor to the realm to continuing education.  Online degrees are offering educational options to people who may not have considered them or had access to them in the past.

What makes the online degree option especially appealing to many is its ability to provide an ageless aspect to the furthering of an education.  Consider those people who may have felt slightly embarrassed or uncomfortable going for their college degree work at age 30, 40 or 50, sitting in a classroom of 18 and 19 year olds.  But with an online degree, age may not come into play, and could allow someone who is 30 years older than their classmates to communicate and interact with them on a more equal level and without prejudice because of a significant age differential.

Economic Opportunity

Jobs, or lack thereof, may force you into a new train of thought when it comes to your future career path.  The world is changing, and the way in which the world does business is changing as well — rapidly.  The old ways are in large part gone, and with them, much of the applicable business and working world knowledge that we had accumulated from previous education.  Even many of those who graduated from school just a decade ago may be left feeling obsolete due to the drastic changes and improvements in technology and communications.

This means that in the working world, in a job in which you may have had for years, you are looked at by bosses or managers as stationary or you may feel as if you’re being “pigeon-holed” or “type-cast” as they say in Hollywood, left to stagnate in role that everyone knows you’re good at and are comfortable in.  However, this means you may be looked over for roles that could be well within your capabilities.

A new education could be the way to break free from others’ perceptions and allow you to take that next step forward in the career advancement process.

Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes there may be more to a new education than just the way it allows you to better your job or career.  An education may make your feel better about yourself, may give you increased confidence to go out and try things you’ve always wanted to do but have been too afraid to try, and provide the poise and self-assurance to make changes to your life that could improve the way you live.  In essence, a new education may provide the self-belief and self-reliance to reinvent your entire way of living and lifestyle, molding it into one that may before have existed only in your dreams.