College graduates are slowly coming to the realization that their liberal arts degrees provide limited job opportunities. As the demand for technical jobs has ascended throughout the nation, many with liberal arts degrees are either deciding to accrue specialized, technical training or pursue the option of an entirely different career. However, in supplementing the generalized training with a more technical training, graduates are looking at community colleges rather than choosing a traditional master’s degree program.
For Margaret Terp, a college graduate holding bachelor’s of art degrees in both English and Spanish, her first post-collegiate job as the strategic initiatives program director of Social Services Administration allowed her to become familiar with issues surrounding healthcare policy and health programs. As a result, Terp grew fond of the healthcare field and reconsidered a career path in nursing, a field that is projected to have a 26 percent growth over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
“I really like my job, but was coming to a place where I knew that it was time to transition into something different, and I really wanted to be in a place at this time in my life where I could enter a into role that was very active and that tangibly improved people’s quality of life through healthcare,” Terp commented.
In exploring the options of the healthcare industry and specifically nursing, Terp attended Ivy Tech Community College, which became financially manageable and offered her the flexibility to maintain her current job in addition to attending her nursing classes. Not only did Ivy Tech’s course schedule accommodate her budget and 40-hour workweek, but the college also supplied her with the academic rigor typically associated with a bachelor’s degree program or even a master’s program. <Read more.>