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Acquire Work Experience and Degrees Simultaneously From Online Schools

Are you planning to get your high school degree? This is, of course, essential in today’s world because advanced degrees help a lot in acquiring a good job. There are certain jobs that require prior work experience along with the degrees. What are you supposed to do in such a case? Well, one of the best things that you can do to get both the degree, as well as the work experience is approaching the online schools. These schools are designed to provide specialized online learning to students who are interested to study and work at the same time.It is quite natural that if you go for attending traditional institutions for acquiring your degrees, you would have to go to school full-time there. It would not be possible for you to acquire simultaneous work experience. Moreover, if you think that you would acquire the work experience after acquiring the degree, it would certainly take a long time. Therefore, instead of wasting your time, you can simply go for the online degrees. You would save your time where you would be able to devote time to both your work and study at the same time.If you attend the regular institutions, you would have to follow a fixed time schedule everyday to attend the colleges. This is certainly not the case with the online schools. You can exclusively study at your own time schedule and convenience. You would just require a PC and internet connection to get access to the online learning. By sitting at home, you would acquire the online degrees from the online schools along with getting your work experience. Moreover, the online courses are generally of a short duration, and right after acquiring the degrees, you would be able to find a good job for yourself.

Are You Referring to Me?

There is an on-going debate in the Virtual Assistant community about potential clients asking for references. Some are offended; some don’t really care one way or the other. This is my spin on the issue.Virtual Assistance is still a new industry, though for those of us who have been at it a long time, it doesn’t really seem that way. However, most of the business world is just beginning to discover the benefits of partnering with a VA. And it is the job of all VA’s to educate potential clients about what we do.When you are interviewing a potential client, you cover all your bases by asking pointed questions about their work style, business plans, technology, etc. You ask the questions that get you the answers you need to determine if (a) you can work with this client and (b) if you have the skills to do what they need to have done.And the potential client is interviewing you as well. So don’t be surprised when they ask for “references”. They are simply following good business practices.Would you hire another VA for your team without checking with people she/he has worked for or with? Doubt it. And if you would, well don’t get me started.Many of those who argue against references (and I used to be one of them) say that because you are an entrepreneur, you should not be asked for references. They see it as demeaning. You wouldn’t ask your accountant or lawyer for references would you? Um, yes, I actually would.If I am going to trust ANY part of my business to another person, I want to know about their track record. I want to hear from people they have worked with/for to get a sense of whether they can do the job I’m asking them to do. I want to know about quirks. I want to know about results.I wouldn’t hire a [insert any job title here] without asking about their success stories or without speaking to some of her or his clients first.Testimonials are great, and many say that that is what you should give to people asking for references. While testimonials can help, they are static. They are never going to give you the same feedback and information that a phone call to an actual human being will give.And since most people find their Virtual Assistant via web searches, it makes sense that they are exercising a fair bit of caution. The web is notorious for fly-by-night schemes and shams, and those who are looking for a VA should be cautious in choosing one. That means they will ask for references. They will want to speak to your clients. They will do their due diligence.After all, wouldn’t you?