An Online Business School: The Best Fit for Your Education Needs

Online business schools have exploded in popularity in recent years. Whether it’s a working professional that wants to advance in his career or a younger student that doesn’t prefer the traditional classroom, online business education has become popular with all different types of students.If your job dictates that you can’t attend a traditional classroom during the day or live too far away from a campus, online schools or distance learning can help. Many new programs are hybrids–half classroom learning and the other half online. Many of these classes are also at night, so students can still work during the day.Online Education: Job-Saving AlternativeMany businesses pay more and give you more responsibility–and more pay–when you have a business education. But if you’re a working adult, that can put you in a pickle: keep working dutifully and stay in your current position, or quit altogether and go back to school and earn the degree that can put you ahead. Online business schools create a third and much preferred option: Keep your job and work toward your preferred degree via the Internet on your own schedule.Online Classrooms Direct to YouMany online business schools market themselves heavily toward the busy adult. For the distance learning institution, the traditional college student might be a stay-at-home-parent, willing to advance his career but preferring to avoid the ivy-covered buildings and throngs of recent high school graduates who tend to be more concerned with the university social scene than their education. Distance learning schools have irregular schedules to meet your needs or no schedule at all. Classes tend to go one at a time and are heavily concentrated. Remember summer school?Competing for Your DollarOnline business schools also give rise to regular competition for your local university. The local college used to be the only school. But now online studies are available to you almost anywhere in the country. If your college is based in Boston, Mass., but you’re in the middle of a garlic farm in Gilroy, Calif., you can still attend that school full-time without ever leaving home. If you don’t like what your local university has to offer, there are literally hundreds of online schools, all clamoring for your dollar.AdmissionsAdmissions at online schools tend to be more lenient. Don’t let that fool you, as the work loads are the same, but look for a few things:• Work experience in a field related to your business degree is almost as important as prior education.
• For many undergrad programs, you can apply with just a GED.
• MBA programs usually want more work experience than the undergrads. They obviously require a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a business-related field or carry a high GPA.
• Despite higher tuition costs, most online business schools are quick to get you on the fast track for student aid.Online College ExplosionOnline education, or distance learning, has exploded in recent years. Colleges and universities that offer any form of distance learning is at 66 percent of all accredited schools. According to the Department of Education, more than 12 million students enrolled in distance learning: 77 percent online, 12 percent in hybrid/blended online and classroom courses, and 10 percent in other distance learning classes for the 2006 to 2007 school year.With so many options in online education, why not explore the range of business degree programs available to you.

Will Obamacare Cause The Loss Of Healthcare Jobs?

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare”, is scheduled to be fully implemented in 2014 unless a new president and congress can repeal it within the next year. On both sides of the aisle there’s plenty of argument about whether or not the coming regulations will be good for the industry. One question that continues to be asked is whether or not Obamacare will cause the loss of healthcare jobs.It will if you believe a recent report from the Auburn Citizen in central New York. The Citizen ran a story reporting on U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle attacking fellow representative Dan Maffei and his support for the Affordable Care Act in 2010. According to Buerkle, the recent decision by a local hospital to lay off 25 workers can be directly attributed to the legislation and a fear of pending cuts in Medicare reimbursements. The Citizen story says the 25 layoffs bring the total number in the local area to 300.It’s interesting that the topic of healthcare jobs didn’t get much play in the debate leading up to the passage and signing of Obamacare. It was all about providing cheap, comprehensive healthcare to everyone in the country regardless of need and/or financial status. Yet hidden in the fine details, according to the Citizen and other sources, is the very real threat of significant funding cuts.Short and Long-Term EffectsOverall Obamacare shouldn’t have a drastic effect on healthcare jobs in the short term. For every facility that cuts workers because of Medicare reductions, other facilities will be hiring them to keep up with the demand created by millions of new clients being added to the healthcare roles. But if the fears about Obamacare turn out to be correct, healthcare jobs will be affected negatively in the long run.Opponents of Obamacare cite the Canadian and British models of healthcare as proof. In those countries healthcare funding is stretched to its absolute limit with no means to stretch it any further. So despite long wait times, understaffed clinics and hospitals, and general healthcare disarray no one can afford to hire more healthcare workers.To be fair, the systems in both Canada and the UK both have a good number of healthcare job openings at the current time. But most of them are for low-paying jobs with not enough stability to make them worthwhile. Healthcare professionals in both of those countries decry their working conditions, their compensation, and the quality of care they are dispense. Doctors even struck over the summer to secure better pay.No One Really KnowsNo matter which side of the argument you’re on, no one really knows what the future of America’s health care system is going to be. We can’t even look at the Canadian and British models for comparison because:1. We’re only getting half the truth from both sides of the argument.2. Our economic and political systems are significantly different. 3. Our attitudes about healthcare and its delivery are also different.In the end we just have to decide whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act and start over, or let it happen and hope for the best. I’m inclined to side with the first option, but not because of the threat to healthcare jobs. I’m inclined to repeal the law because past history demonstrates the U.S. government cannot do anything efficiently and effectively. If they can’t even manage the Postal Service, Amtrak, and Social Security, how on earth are they going to manage the health care system?

How To Market Your Digital Art

Marketing Your Digital Art for Free Through Blogging:Step 1: Start your own blog.* Download and install a blog to your website.
* Even if you are not a writer, begin your blog. Write about your art, other people’s art, techniques, skills, how-to’s or even simple musings.
* Your postings do not have to be long. In fact, it is sometimes better to keep them short and sweet.
* Make sure that your blog is formatted (ie. use bold, italics, bullet points etc to help the reader know what you are talking about)
* The point of your blog is threefold:1) Providing valuable and interesting information to readers,
2) Getting more content and keywords onto your website, and
3) Engaging with a network of peers and artists who can buy, recommend and link to your work.Step 2: Add your blog to Blog Directories* Once you have a bit of content (3-4 posts is probably enough), spend a day submitting your blog to blog directories. A quick search will pull up plenty.Step 3: Join in the blogging!!!* Check out the directories you just submitted to and try to find some blogs that are similar to yours.
* Start reading postings from other bloggers.
* Comment on postings. (PS. Do not bother commenting just to get your link there, bloggers are smarter than that and will delete your posts). Actually read what they wrote and make valuable remarks.
* Subscribe to blogs that you like. Bloggers are a friendly bunch, and it is a great way to get to know who else is out there.
* Remember: these are potential customers and also friends, so treat them as both. The more “Real” you are, the more likely someone will want to look at what you are doing too.