I love to learn and enjoy school. Yes, there, I said it I. LIKE. SCHOOL. This will not come as a surprise to people who have known me for a long time, because I have spent 23 years in school! Yep – primary school, high school, followed by a Bachelor of Science, then a Masters of Science and topped off with a Post-Graduate Certificate before diving into the work force 5 years ago. Now to some that is a lot of school, but for me I loved (almost) every minute of it. The variety of courses and the formats that I took them in (in-class, distance education, and hands on “at the bench” work) made sure I was never bored. I am proud to say that I completed all my post-secondary studies in the standard time frame for the programs, and in the case of my BSc was able to complete it in 1 fewer semester than they recommend. Now that I have been out of school for a few years, it would be a lie to say I had not considered going back to take a few more courses or certificate programs.
Right now, with my growing family and 3 young kids it might not be the ideal time to go back to school. However I can totally see myself in a couple of years seriously looking at courses to take. Now this does not mean that I would up and quit my day job to head back into classes that would not make sense for us financially or for myself career wise. Today, there are so many more ways that you can take courses now to suit your lifestyle and still get the learning that you are looking for while raising a family and working full-time. My “Open Learning” or online courses as you might think of them were some of my favorites while completing my BSc. I was able to work in a different province for a semester while still taking 2 classes that counted towards my degree. Working at my own pace, while still participating in group work via discussion forums online and getting support from the instructors if needed, meant that I could work towards my overall education goals without putting my life on hold.
Institutions like Thompson Rivers University are redefining what going to “university” can mean. Now you have so many more options, not just the traditional in-class courses, that allow you to access a higher education no matter what stage you are at in your life. The Thompson Rivers University Open Learning (TRU-OL) courses and programs are fully accredited so that your courses move with you and can be transferred to another institution and applied to their programs as well.
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning offers over 57 programs and 590 courses that cover everything from nursing and healthcare to business and tourism. You are able to complete certificate programs, bachelor and graduate degrees all from the comfort of your home (or office!) in a variety of formats including online and print-based,
Open learning with Thompson Rivers University is easy and here is why:
- You can register online at anytime – no need to wait until the next September or January “Start time”, start when you are ready
- Everyone is eligible for open admission – no digging for or having to order (and pay for) high school or university transcripts
- You can get academic credit for past learning – you’ve worked hard and learned a lot. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning recognizes this and awards academic credit for your past learning. You can accelerate you completion time and save money too!
You can find out how Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning helped April to finish her degree, and to build her small business at the same time in this short video
Join us for the #TRUOpen Twitter Party on October 9, 2014 at 7:00 – 7:30 pm EST to chat continuing education! This is a great chance to discuss careers, goals and how to leverage opportunities to continue to grow your career and but also have a chance to WIN prizes including $100 VISA gift cards and $500 Credit towards Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning courses! Hope to tweet you there!
You can also participate in sheblogs Media’s #Open2Learn Retweet to Win contest from October 9-16, 2014 for a chance to win a $500 credit towards Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning courses.
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Thompson Rivers University, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Thompson Rivers University.