Education Was My First Step to Owning My Own Business

I have dreamed of owning my own business since I was young. I use to watch my dad go off to work every day and listen to him complain when he got home at night. His boss always made him mad. I knew at a young age that I would strive to build my own business to avoid working for someone else. So I decided I needed to go to school.

I entered the local community college at age 18. I was sure of only one thing and that was my grades. I was not one of the smarter cookies in the cookie jar, so to speak. I always struggled but I managed to complete high school. The first thing I had to do was meet with a counselor. The counselor sat down with me and we mapped out my future together. The future I chose would help me to achieve my own business and my own success. I knew I needed to take business classes. I needed to also take classes to help improve my speech and writing skills. Owning your own business can be very rewarding but with me it was a necessity. I never want to go through what my father did. I knew I was going to be my own boss.

The first day I entered my first class at college I can remember the excitement. I had my new stack of books, my book bag, my new pens and paper. I was ready to learn. The first instructor was very good to answer all my questions. Before I knew it, the teacher was helping me pass my first test by introducing me to a tutor. Instructors in community type colleges and smaller adult colleges are very good at working with the students. They are eager to see their students succeed and spend a lot of one on one time with the students.

Tutors are available in most colleges. They are usually someone that is really smart or someone that has just taken the same class. Tutors can help with setting up good study habits. They also help with setting up a schedule to work on problem areas. The tutor that was working with me did a great job. She sat down and took the lessons one by one. She showed me what my strong points were and helped me work through my weaker points.

Test day is sometimes very stressful for me. I use to try to pack in information every minute until the test. I soon learned that this was causing me a lot of stress and confusing me to the point of messing up on my tests. One thing that helped me was to take the reading and study skills class. This class helped me to learn how to pick out the important parts and how to study for tests. I recommend this class to anyone that is going to college. I will always use the skills I learned in this class to help me pass other classes. This is one lesson I hope everyone that reads can take from me.

How My Ongoing Education Helped Me Stay on the Cutting Edge

Although I graduated with a master’s degree in computer technology over 10 years ago, I still find it necessary to take additional classes to stay on the cutting edge of my career.

Throughout the years, I’ve noticed that my current job requires on-going education to keep me sharp and knowledgeable about what’s going on in the IT field. I also had to come to grips with the fact that each year, more and more graduates are entering into my field with knowledge about the latest trends and gadgets in the industry that I could be missing out on without my on-going education.

Even though technology is always changing, my job still requires that I stay on top of all of the latest technology. I’m responsible for providing our firm with the most updated computer systems and gadgets to ensure that everything is streamlined and working at its peak performance. From troubleshooting issues that deal with the latest viruses, to setting up virtual platforms, I am responsible for it all. Including overseeing all of the other employees that have computer technology or computer networking related job functions.

Throughout the years, I’ve been able to make the proper recommendations for our firms computer networking platforms such as Skype and other face to face communications that are required by some of our international customers. There have been many times that I’ve been able to save the day at the office as a result of my troubleshooting skills that I’ve acquired through my continued education.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to receive increases in my salary on an annual basis as a result of my performance. The staff at our firm – including upper management, relies on my skills and recommendations, so it’s imperative that my suggestions are the most effective solutions possible. My recommendations has also saved my company thousands of dollars, just by knowing what to do in critical situations.

It’s very important that I show my management staff that my role and my skills are valuable to the company and that what I do is not obsolete. This would not have been the case if I had not taken the time to invest in ongoing education. A big part of IT is problem solving and finding ways to streamline processes and systems. Because of the on-going education, I am able to apply what I’ve learned to every IT related situation.

The field of IT and computer networking has proven to be very lucrative for my overall career path. It has also allowed me to live a very comfortable life from the income that I’ve generated as the Director of Information Technology and Systems Management.

The education that I’ve received not only provided me with a stable income, but it has boosted my confidence and made me feel more valuable to my company. And should I ever lose my job due to downsizing, I know that I’ve obtained transferable skills that will keep me marketable, sharp, knowledgeable and on the cutting edge.

I Just Got Accepted For School!

My name is Mary Jane Scott. I have found out today that my financial aid award letter got approved, and I am able to go back to school. I have always wanted to go to school to be an accountant and now I can follow through on my dream.

It is no secret that going to school is hard work. You have to have good grades, you have to pass tests. You have to be able to pace yourself, set goals and do homework. I can ace all these things; I just have no money.

That is why I was so excited to find out that my pell grants, student loans and scholarships will pay for me to go to college. College is extremely worth it, and I am so excited to have been given this opportunity.

I will be doing part of my classes online, and part of my classes in a classroom. I really appreciate the diversity in this opportunity, as it allows me to get learning experience in a wide variety of formats.

I am so excited to be going back to school. Will there be challenges? Of course. Will there be successes? Of course. Will there be failures? Of course. Will there be long academic talks late at night with loved ones? Sure. Regardless of all of this, however, I will be learning and advancing myself and my career, which I am extremely excited about.

Yes, money will be tight while going to school, but after I graduate and get a job in the accounting field, it will be well worth it.

Time to Get Out of Here

I have been so tired of living the same boring life for years on end so I have come to the conclusion that it is time to make a career change. If I make this change than I will finally be able to move out of this town that I have been stuck in my whole life. I don’t hate it here I just know there is more to life than staying in the same town I grew up in. It is what everyone in my family does and I just do not want to be like that. I want bright lights, a great career and a beautiful house past the city limits. I don’t think that is to much to hope for. Everyone else sees me as crazy, but I see myself as brilliant for wanting to better myself and get away.

To start the process I have signed up for numerous online classes because I cannot afford the traveling costs to school each day. Also by studying from home I am still able to work at my lovely dead end job until I complete my courses. Although I wish I could leave today I know it simply just does not happen that way. I have a lot of work ahead of me and I am fully prepared to do whatever I have to too make a better life for myself. Even if that means leaving everyone I have ever known behind. It saddens me deeply but I know it will all be worth it some day.

To remind myself of why I am doing this I have a little collage on my wall with beautiful cut outs of California and every other beautiful place I have ever wanted to visit. I start my classes this week so I know I will need all the reminding I can get. It has been years since I have done any type of school work so I know it is going to be hard at first. I think the hardest part of it all will probably be fighting for computer with my younger sister. She is on it 24/7 and is going to have to learn the whole sharing process at some point. There is no better time than now. I know she is supportive of me so I am hoping that she may even want to help with studying or something. Even just having one person support me would mean absolutely everything to me. Seemingly no one thinks online schooling is the real deal so everyone thinks it is a waste of my time which is far from true. They wont be laughing though when I am on my way to California to start a wonderful new job.

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