Bachelor Degree Required Seeking advancement in my company seems to have the term "Bachelor Degree Required" assigned to it. Without a degree it's not impossible to be promoted, but it's more of an exception than the norm. At times, should the applicant have sufficient years of equivalent experience and be known by the group hiring, the requirement can be waived. With the constant change in company policies, the equivalency option may be removed.

Then what am I going to do? With so many younger people entering the work place with degrees in hand, it is more and more prevalent that I complete my education. A college degree combined with several years of experience should help ensure my personal marketability. "There are more job seekers with college degrees than there are openings for college-level jobs". Mittel hauser, M. (1998). I must obtain my degree or see my career future greatly reduced.

After all I don't want to be caught when someone comes in and says "Out with the old and in with the new!" What are the key areas you are looking to learn and / or in which you are seeking greater competence? By the completion of my degree I want to have increased my knowledge and decision making abilities as a manager. The assignment in team learning has already given me a better understanding to the importance of "Team" in the work place. With career advancement comes the responsibility of leading, and a leader has to be able to assess the abilities of each team member.

I want to know how to bring ideas and concerns of teammates to light, as well as how to integrate those bright ideas into a workable plan. I need to understand the aspects of critical thinking, and how to apply it. Being able to question who, what, where, when, why and how is just the beginning. Taking the answers to these questions and learning how to applying them towards the improvement of business or product is the harder part. For some change is a hard thing to accept. The problem of implementing a change is often more human than technical.

How to install changes and have the changes accepted is a skill I need to improve upon. In management you must have the ability to correctly identify the personality traits of others. Identifying these traits helps identify the type of management that will be required. Understanding the tendencies of your staff will help in the management of them. Having a good blend of personality traits working one project will be more beneficial than having to many of the same type.

The adage "To many Chiefs and not enough Indians" applies throughout the work place. Overall, I am seeking knowledge that will help me be a competent manager. How do you anticipate the program helping you in your current position, and what will be your ambitions / goals once you complete our program? The education received from Phoenix University will provide the stepping-stones to life long learning abilities.

Many of the leaders in today's market place have forgotten to learn. They need to remember that just because they did it this way before does not mean it is the way to do it today. In a quote found on the Insight Assessment web site Derek Bok, past president of Harvard University, once stated, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance". The ignorance of a senior manager that has stopped learning has an affect on the entire company. There have been so many technological changes in the past few years that some of the old ways have become antiquated. As a manager, I don't want to become antiquated.

The training received in just the first course has provided insight that will help me be a better manager and a lifelong learner. The chance to advance within the company grows as the year's pass and senior management personnel retire. My ambition is to be recognized as a strong, knowledgeable leader that can step in to the position of these retiring people and continue to lead the company. Being willing and able to reason well, to problem-solve creatively, and to make sound decisions should make me a strong candidate for advancement.

With advancement come the monetary rewards that help provide the family life style changes I desire. Summary In conclusion, I see where the requirement to have a Bachelors Degree is an important benefit in the workplace. While a person may be able to the job without the degree, a person with the degree will most likely be more successful in the job. This success may come from being exposed to different theories, different philosophies or other factors encountered during their college experiences. To senior management a bachelor degree means you are able to complete a difficult task when assigned to you.

And that's what business needs, a difficult task complete on time and on budget. As for my own future I must say the same thing... ". Bachelor Degree Required".

Reference: Insight Assessment home page. web M. (1998). The Outlook for College Graduates, 1996-2006. Prepare Yourself. Retrieved April 9, 2005, from web text / employ /3 college/3 college. html.