There are those who begin work immediately after high school and others who pursue various degrees. Those who study toward degrees do so for various reasons. First of all, there may be a subject which interests them and they may earn degrees “for their own sake” in order to become experts in a particular area. Others may want to earn degrees because they have always dreamt of working in a certain profession such as medicine or law. Others earn degrees to increase their earning power and to make promotions more likely.

How much time and money is spent on degrees depends on the course of study and the kind of degrees are earned. Associates degrees are like Bachelors degrees, but they take only two years to earn, and are less in-depth. The Bachelors degree is earned in a four-year college program, and gives the student a grounding in a certain area, as well as other subjects which comprise distribution requirements. Many students who have earned a B.A or a B.S. continue their studies and earn Master’s degrees, which involve a greater level of specialization. Finally, some people earn Ph.Ds, which are degrees requiring the writing of a thesis called a dissertation on a specific topic. Sometimes, these dissertations require many years to complete, and most Ph.D students work and teach while pursuing their degrees.

Some students plan their future quite carefully, while others begin learning and continue to “pick up” degrees as their interest in a certain subject develops. There are students who stop working to pursue their degrees, while others take night courses or pursue distance learning online. Most diplomas do not distinguish between those who earned their degrees part-time or full-time, on campus or through distance learning.

If you're looking to go places in life, consider starting with an online MBA degree. It carries the same weight - if not more - than a degree earned on campus at a university.