The Rise Of Competition At All Career Levels

Although the economy is starting to grow again, it may not feel like it for many Americans. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the unemployment rate in August of 2011 was 9.1 percent. These high unemployment rates, coupled with depressed home values and troubled state budgets, means that life may be a trying time for many Americans.

college-student-outlookHow to Increase Your Chances of Employment

If you're looking to stand out as a job candidate among the abundantly unemployed workforce, one way to be increase your chances is to go back to school and earn a Bachelor's degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that only 27.5 percent of Americans had a Bachelor's degree or higher - which means that people who complete their college degrees have a better chance of employment. Additionally, the unemployment rate for Bachelor's degree graduates or higher is half of uneducated workforce. 

Whether you want to change your career, or develop your knowledge to stand out in your current job, a Bachelor's degree is a noticeable accomplishment that many hiring managers value. Moreover, as the demands of the workforce evolve and increase, the educated workforce will be trained to meet the demands with vigor. Hiring managers will recognize that you are prepared to succeed in your industry and that you have the formal training necessary to help their business.

Make College a Possibility

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make going back to school to earn your degree a possibility. If you have already completed an Associate's degree you could transfer your credits so you won't have to retake any courses. If you have taken just a few college courses and are looking to complete your Bachelor's degree, multiple accelerated Bachelor's degree programs are avaiable to fit your needs. 

Online degrees are available for those who need the benefits that come with making your own schedule, and plenty of support outlets can help you figure out exactly what it will take to get your degree. Once you've graduated from the Bachelor's program of your choice, you'll quickly find that a Bachelor's degree sets you apart from the rest of the competition.

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This article was written by Tamryn Hennessy, National Director of Career Development at Rasmussen College. In her role, she oversees the residential and online career placement and development of degree seeking students. Her team assists students in making transformational changes in their lives.

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