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Accelerated degree options

Look for accelerated-degree programs from your local colleges, or seek out an online program.

Dear Molly: I’m a 21-year-old who has worked for an Internet Service Provider for the past year making decent money; I want to get more into Unix, Cisco, and perhaps Web development. I have some college experience but no degree. Do you think it would be a wise choice to get a degree after my certifications, and if so, how can I go about it? Please help!

Molly says: Boy, are you fortunate! I hear from a lot of people who would like to be in your shoes right now, working in the field of their choice and making money. But you’re right in realizing that you have to keep working on yourself.

Keep that job and go back to school at night to finish up your college degree and major in computer science or business. Look for an accelerated degree program–larger public universities tend to offer these kinds of programs on nights and weekends. They are geared to working folks and often let you finish your degree in two years or so. Make sure the school you choose will allow you to transfer your previous college credits toward your degree.

Your other option would be to look for online degree programs that let you complete your degree via the Web, as your schedule permits.

Check with the colleges and universities in your area to find out what programs they are offering. Get on the Web and search for online degree programs to find virtual college education opportunities. Check out Online Learning for virtual college courses.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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