Many individuals are attempting to increase their chances of finding a job in this rough economy. With a current national unemployment rate of 9.2 percent, it appears as though all is not well on the job front. Now, people are making personal changes in an effort to adapt to the struggling market. A way individuals are making the leap toward improving their hiring chances is by enrolling in a higher education program that could help boost their credentials.
As a result of the growing number of people pursuing education, more schools are increasing the number of programs available to students in an effort to meet as many subject interests as possible. One such institution to increase its degree offerings is the University of West Georgia (UWG), which recently announced a new master of science in applied computer science, according to the Times-Herald. School officials said that the program will be geared toward students from a variety of backgrounds who are looking to further their potential in the information technology (IT) field.
Interestingly ,the degree program will be available completely online, which breaks the barriers made to some students who live outside of the area but still want to attend UWG in order to advance their knowledge of the IT field. Adel M. Abunawass, the chairman of the department, told the news provider that since the program began in 2002 – although it was classroom-based up until this coming fall – more than four dozen students have graduated with the degree, all of whom were able to find jobs.
Abunawass told the news source that by changing the curriculum to an online degree, it will "open it up to a larger audience."
The IT field is currently thriving, as many analysts have estimated that it is the field to watch in terms of job creation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities are expected to increase by 17 percent through 2018. However, it's important those who are looking to further their education in the IT field practice personal change management. While taking online classes may be a way to free up one's schedule, it is a good idea to ensure that one is not getting too overworked by all of their endeavors.