After spending two years in the corporate headquarters for a major retailer, it became clear that I needed to make efforts to set myself apart from all of the other hard-working people in our office. I decided to evaluate my options to continue my education. I determined that in order to take control of the direction my career was going, I would need to take it to the next step and work towards earning another degree.
My employer was very receptive of self-advancement and encouraged me to start taking classes at a community center. I started out taking miscellaneous classes that specifically applied to the position I was currently in. After two or three frustrating classes of feeling like I could be better spending my time at work, I decided that the community center was not the best forum for my education pursuits. I explained this to my employer as I had been taking the classes on company time and again, they were understanding.
I spent a couple of months with a feeling of being discontent. I could not understand what more I wanted to do with my education. I had always been a good student and even graduated two years early with my bachelors degree but, I felt like I needed to do more.
Every night I would go home after a long days work and wonder if that is the same type of position that I would have in ten or twenty years. I would look around my office and interact with people of all educational levels. Some of the hardest working people in our company have no formal education but have done considerably well in all career respects. It has become increasingly clear that if a person has enough drive, they have the ability to get to...