People need to make a living. Most Americans spend the bulk of their time, up to eight hours each and every day, working to earn that living. On top of their work they are balancing family activities, community engagements, and other personal pursuits. However, returning to school is not always the top priority in such a day to day existence. This however should definitely be reconsidered to prevent becoming like the lumberjack who was too busy cutting down trees that he neglected sharpening his saw. Eventually the saw breaks. While it is sometimes not the most convenient time to go back to school, consider the need.

These days we have perhaps as strong a need as any to return to school for education. Many of us are now competing in not just in local markets, but with outsourced workers from across the world who are willing to work for a lot less. Because of this emerging global economy we have an ever greater need to up the education we are receiving. Competition demands we have an edge in this cut-throat global market and chances are, it’s not going to be an edge on acceptable wages.

In addition to the type of economy we’re living in & the global markets we’re competing in, we also find ourselves in this nation looking at record rates of household debt. Would-be employees are finding it harder to locate work. Just about any way you look at it times are tougher than has been the case in relatively recent past. Businesses often cut advertising expenses in times of financial strain. However, it’s that investment in advertising that’s so crucial in these times. Similarly, we may find that one of the best investments we can make in hard times is to increase our own education & marketability.

Aside from global markets, sagging wages and a downturned economy pushing us towards the need for further education, there are also some individually practical reasons why furthering education at any stage of your life can be seen a need.

Dr. Shanon Brooks, cofounder of George Wythe University in Cedar City Utah, shared in one of his lectures educators that most of our education these days is designed around helping students get work. However, he points out that the terms occupation and vocation originally had very different meanings. While we might use them interchangeably today, originally a vocation indicated a person’s life mission. While it’s definitely important to consider the financial aspects of any given career, it’s also extremely important to ask yourself from time to time if your current career is contributing to your overall sense of well-being & purpose in life.

Now I’m not suggesting that you quit your job just because you have bad days or because you don’t like your boss. In any endeavor in life we’ll get throw a curve ball or two, and that’s part of the whole experience of life, learning to work well with others in any given situation. I am suggesting however that you take some time periodically think about the ultimate purpose of your life and make sure that what you’re pursuing is in accordance with the greater picture for your life.

So whether you’re looking to increase your skills and income through an online education or just bringing yourself in to alignment with the greater vision of your life’s purpose, there’s a real need for you to look into getting an online education.

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