Apple cofounder Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle.”* It’s an idealized viewpoint that is not always practical, especially if you’re working primarily to support yourself or your family. But if you’re an adult learner considering enrolling in an undergraduate degree program, use your online education as an opportunity to focus on an area you’ll find both personally and professionally rewarding.
A 2014 Gallup poll revealed that only 31.5% of American workers were “actively engaged” in their jobs, meaning they are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace.” Unfortunately, the majority—nearly 70%—described themselves as “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work. The problem isn’t unique to entry- or mid-level roles; even those employed in manager, executive, or company officer positions expressed similar levels of detachment, with an engagement rate of just 38.4%.†
While some people are content with a career that simply gives them financial stability—a benefit not to be dismissed or treated lightly—there are many unhappy employees who still dream of a different kind of life. It’s natural for this sort of discontent to not only result in lower workplace motivation (and fewer professional opportunities as a result), but also to have a negative impact on an employee’s personal life and family.
The convenience of online degree programs has encouraged millions of working adults to go back to school for an online bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Many are motivated to pursue their passion in a different profession, while others want to increase their knowledge and advance their career in a field they already enjoy. With a wide variety of online bachelor’s degree programs available to further your education, all you need to get started is the courage to pursue your dreams.
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*J. Hayden, 7 Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes That Just Might Change Your Life, Inc.com
†A. Atkins, Majority of U.S. Employees Not Engaged Despite Gains in 2014, Gallup.
‡J. De Neve and A. Oswald, Estimating the influence of life satisfaction and positive affect on later income using sibling fixed effects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2012.
§N. Taylor, 12 Reasons to Do What You Love for a Living, Business News Daily.