Start a New Career with a Respected Degree
Changing careers can feel daunting, and the first step to making the leap is earning a respected degree in the field you're looking to enter. We can help you there. With degree programs in teaching, business, IT, and healthcare, we have the options you need to earn a valuable degree in a subject you're passionate about.
At WGU, a personal Program Mentor will be with you every step of your journey. They'll take time to understand your goals and reasons for pursuing a degree and help you chart a course to prepare for a career shift.
The Majority Are Looking to Switch
A 2020 study found that nearly two-thirds of Americans are looking for new job opportunities or would consider moving jobs if approached by another company.
Career Changes are Common
A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average person has more than a dozen different jobs during their lifetime, meaning changing careers is the norm, not the exception.
People Switch to Make More Money
Nearly nine out of ten workers who plan on switching careers do so to make more money. Others say they're changing careers to move forward professionally or be more challenged or satisfied.
Why change careers? There are so many benefits. Here are a few:
- Enter an industry you love. Maybe you're no longer passionate about your current job or industry—making a switch can reignite your passion.
- Move up. Sometimes the only way to move up in your career is to move into a different industry where there are more opportunities for growth and promotions.
- Make more money. Switching careers could help you move to a more lucrative industry and make a jump up the salary ladder more quickly than staying put and getting small annual raises.
- Utilize your skills. Perhaps you've found your current career doesn't play to your strengths. If so, switching could be a great move for your overall fulfillment.
- Find a better work-life balance. Some careers require long hours and time away from family. Making a career change could improve your work-life balance.
WGU graduates earn degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers. Data from a 2020 survey of 300 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll proves it:
98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.
96% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
Prepared for the job.
95% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
"When my daughter started preschool, I decided to go work at the school as a paraeducator. Over the next three years, I was told that I should go back and get my degree, so I finally started looking into it. When I came across WGU, I knew it was the right fit for me. The most rewarding thing about being a licensed educator is that I feel like I am finally where I was meant to be!" Jodi Milner
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with future employment and workplace success in mind. Our special model of online learning is designed for the working adult and our commitment to keep costs down means better ROI for our graduates.