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Published:February 1st, 2008 12:38 EST
Why I Chose To Further My Education

Why I Chose To Further My Education

By Glenn Brandon Burke (Mentor/Speaker)

As an educator who takes his job very seriously, and a motivational speaker specializing in the importance of education, I feel I, too, should continue my education.

However, to be more specific, there are five specific reasons why I have chosen to pursue a master`s degree in education.  

First of all, I do not actually teach for a living. I had taught from 2000 to 2005 as an adjunct instructor with a community college in Las Vegas, NV, but simply as an avocation.

However, I have now hit a roadblock and am no longer teaching. The roadblock was that I do not have a master`s degree. I was quite fortunate to have taught for so many years with only a bachelor`s degree. But, I was able to due to my background in public speaking, and because I wrote the curriculum for a public speaking course for a technical college, complete with handout.  

Therefore, my first reason as to why I pursued my M.A.Ed is should I have the opportunity to teach again, I will be able to without reservations from the school. 

Secondly, as a motivational speaker, I quite often speak on the importance of pursuing one`s education past the secondary level, at a minimum, a bachelor`s degree.  

I know I want my teachers to not only know more than I, but to have the education as well. Therefore, I must practice what I preach and complete my graduate degree. 

Thirdly, I have a background on the business side of proprietary education, and may one day want to step back into that field. However, from my research, in addition to the experience required for the level I would desire to achieve, a graduate degree is often required. So why limit myself?

Fourth, I would like to set an example for my stepdaughter`s, niece`s, and nephew. All of them do well in school and are either in college or plan to. However, I have seen many people get sidetracked while in school, and I just do not want these children to do so.

Lastly, I feel a person could never go wrong with an education. I feel it is better to be prepared for a situation that never comes about than to not be prepared for one that does. Therefore, on December 18, 2007, I became completely prepared and graduated with my Master`s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction via University of Phoenix. 

So remember, if there`s something holding you back from having the job/career you desire, do what it takes to prepare yourself. Time will pass, so you might as well have the necessary education behind you to fulfill your desires.

For me, on the day I completed my final class, I was called by DeVry University to teach a Public Speaking course beginning this March. An opportunity came about, and I was prepared. BORAH!  

Success is a Choice! And if I can do it , ANYONE CAN! Now just go and do it!

Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.E.d., Motivational Speaker, Author, Columnist, and Mentor