Ours is a culture of instant gratification. We have microwave ovens that cut cooking time from hours to seconds and cell phones that let us make calls anytime, anywhere. So is it really any surprise that people are sometimes reluctant to bother with college? After all, it takes 18 to 24 months to earn an associate's degree, three to five years for a bachelor's degree, and an extra 18 months to two years for a master's degree—that sounds like a lot of time for a little piece of paper.
Though we've all heard about college dropouts who have earned mega-millions, they're the exception, not the rule. Many of the best things in life take time, and education is one of them. Earning a college degree, a graduate degree or a professional certification can be a great career move as well. What follows is a look at some of the benefits:
Don't have time to take classes because you work? Many colleges and universities offer courses at night or on Saturdays. Live too far from a campus? Geography's no longer a barrier. Almost every accredited school offers courses online. All you need is Internet access—no special hardware or software is required.
So, what's holding you back from getting that degree or certification? The right answer is: nothing.