Don’t Waste Money on Your Kid’s Education

I didn’t say, don’t spend money on your kids’ education – I said don’t waste it. And wasting it is paying for an education that is not in line with your kid’s talents, strengths and passions.

We want our kids to be successful. This comes by discovering and living their greatness – their unique abilities – not by living a life dictated by others. I hear it over and over again when talking to most anyone who has been to college lately, “I got a __________ degree because that is what my parents thought I should do.” And many resent the wasted time and resources studying something that now has no real impact in their lives.

A college education is another tool to help prepare our kids to be successful; this requires us to talk about what personal and professional success is.

To be professionally successful means that our kids must add value and make a difference in the workplace. At least in our country, we are no longer in an industrial (make-things) age; we are in an intellectual (provide service) age – most of today’s businesses provide service instead of products. No longer are employees hidden behind machines; work today has employees face-to-face with customers. To connect with customers and inspire their loyalty (which is the key to business success) requires that employees be both intrinsically good at what they do and interested in doing it. Since not everyone is good at everything and is not interested in everything, the more aligned the role is with the employee’s hardwired abilities, the better the employee fits and performs. Fit matters.

Couple this with a reduction in the workforce because of the recession to a point most organizations must now get more done with less. The right person in the right job is exponentially more effective and more productive. These are employees who know their talents, strengths and passions, and work in roles that allow them to do what they do best. Much of the preparation can come from a well-aligned major.

The other measure of success is personal success. And as the name indicates, the definition of personal success is unique to each of us. The definition of success for one person may be to influence the life of children, work in discovering cures, or making a million dollars a year. Each person must identify his or her personal definition of success to be inspired to achieve it. Defining success for our kids takes this responsibility from them; they must define success in their terms in order to own their lives and be accountable. As parents, we must learn not to mandate the path but rather to mandate owning the path. Which path they choose must be theirs.

Here are two examples:

I know a very successful attorney – where he defines success as financial success. He insists that both of his sons be attorneys and thereby be “successful.” Neither wants the work, the lifestyle or the money. To move ahead in their own lives, they have disconnected from their father who refuses to listen or acknowledge what they want for their lives. They now have no relationship.

Another friend was brilliant in architecture; he loved everything about it – he could visualize space and dimensions with the most amazing ability. His parents told him they would pay for a business degree, nothing else. He didn’t have the money so he got the business degree. He is not living his dream or bringing his best to either his work or his life. Money wasted.

Nature enables us to be wonderfully successful as it gives us our unique abilities – our very specific talents, strengths and passions. In our talent areas, we learn more easily, are actively inspired to learn and think broader – we have a natural competitive advantage.

Before we spend money on college or other education, it is critical to help our kids self-discover – to learn about what they are both good at and interested in doing. When they approach college with a clear understanding of who they are, they will start to see options and opportunities in their world that are a good fit for them – those environments that allow them do what they do best and are most passionate about doing.

When students come to college and have not wisely chosen what to study, (studying something their parents mandate, their friends are doing, or have no idea why they are studying), they are bored, frequently over their heads and struggle through school. Many quit. The attrition rate is significant for incoming college freshmen who do little or no career planning.

Additionally, if a student’s major is not in line with his core abilities, he frequently underperforms at school. When it comes time to stand out and get hired, his grades and performance have not been the best; he is passed over for others who were more successful in the major. This affects the school’s reputation as businesses find less competitive and prepared students when they recruit. Students leave schools without the ability to compete or to use the information they studied over the previous years.

We all look for a return on our money – and it is fair to ask what the return on the investment (ROI) of the education will be. Don’t waste money on your kids’ education – spend it wisely – insist that whoever pays for the education get a strong return on the investment. Be sure they know what they are good at and passionate about. Be sure they know their world and the places that offer the best options and opportunities for their particular combination of unique abilities. Then the education will bring someone who is already good to a greater, more competitive and more successful level.

Not everyone is good at everything. But everyone is great at some things. Identify those and guide your kids to study what matters to them and to use what they study to invent a successful (personal and professional) life on their terms. After all, whose life is it anyway?

Pursuing Online Physical Education Degrees

Getting a degree in line with education is an option that you can choose. If you have the passion to teach or be part of the workforce of the society who molds students, you can avail from online education programs. You will be a teacher and before you can reach this point, you must equip yourself with the necessary skills and training. You must possess the qualities that an effective and good teacher must have because you will be one of the persons on which the students will look up to and emulate in their lives.

Online physical education degrees are offered online and you can specifically choose this kind of degree if you have the passion for sports and you want it to share with the other people especially your students. Not only does it lead you to teach sports but it also helps you to share the importance of good health in every person. However, you might wonder how to get this kind of degree especially that it does not only require knowledge but you must also have the right skills and experience to be able to become a fully competent physical education teacher. Follow this easy guide on how to do it.

The first thing that you can do is to make a thorough research on the internet since you want to avail for online education degrees specifically on physical education. It would be very easy because you only need to key in physical education on the search tool and you will be able to see a lot of websites that you can visit and read through the programs offered. You can also join forums wherein coaches or physical education instructors have shared their view as to what specific course they got. Somehow, it will give you enlightenment on your decisions.

Once you have chosen from the many schools that offers online physical education degrees, you need to pass the needed requirements or fill out forms. The requirements, information and documents needed can vary from one school to another but commonly, they would ask for your educational history, your transcript of records and maybe a few lines or essay that would indicate your desire to specifically get this kind of course. All you need to do is comply all of them and see whether you will be qualified to be part of their program.

If you are accepted to be part of the online education program, then you must be determined and dedicated on your desire to become a physical education teacher. Do not miss any of your coursework online and if they are on-campus trainings then spare some time to be on time for it. Learn how to manage your time properly so that you will be able to complete the whole course and you will be able to fulfill your dream of becoming an effective coach, instructor or whatever your plans are.

This is an easy guide that you can follow if you want to pursue an online education. With dedication and passion for education, everything is a possibility.

Distance Learning : Get an education while you work!

Distance Learning Makes the Grade

Distance Learning might make all the difference for you between your hole in the wall job and your dream job. Many working professionals have learned that they don’t have to stop working to fulfill their dream of learning more. What do they do? They work on their education at night while still going to work.

Many Students access Education at Night While Working Full-Time

Most people can’t afford to stop work in order to get educated. So how do you learn when you’re still working? How can you educate yourself further? But how can you afford not to go to school when all of your coworkers are working on their educations?

Maybe you’ve tried school but found that it just wouldn’t work with your schedule. Learn what others have about learning via a distance program. Most distance programs offer an asynchronous forum for classrooms. That means that you still have deadlines and weekly (and possibly daily) quotas, you don’t have to be somewhere at the same time as the educator.

Going to school online doesn’t limit you to just a distance university. You can take special classes in a distance education setting that will help you improve your writing, your interview skills, write a better resume, or even learn what you want to do with the rest of your life. If going online doesn’t work for you, consider the many correspondent courses out there that will help you bridge the distances between you and learning. You’ll get access to an educator, who will help guide you, provide you with lectures and notes, and provide you feedback on your work. You’ll find that you’ll learn just as much if not more than you would in a traditional setting.

You owe it to yourself to be your own career builder. Look into what online line educators can provide you. Bridge the distance between you and your future. Take the time to educate yourself about the options you have to learn in a non-traditional setting.