To Be or Not To Be: The Paralegal Industry Outlook

Though often overlooked, paralegals are an integral part of all legal organizations—and non-legal organizations have taken notice. While traditional employment within the legal industry continues to grow, non-traditional work options in various fields are expanding job opportunities for current (and potential!) paralegals and legal assistants.

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of paralegals and legal assistants will grow around fifteen percent from 2016 to 2026, which is more than the average of all other occupations (as seen in the graph below). As law firms and other businesses strive for more efficiency and less cost for clients, they are turning to paralegals to help them achieve this goal.

Because of these market demands, paralegals and legal assistants are not only taking the place of entry-level lawyers, they are also taking on hybrid roles, where legal secretary duties are combined with paralegal responsibilities. As a result, the need for paralegals with technological and database skills has increased.

While employers typically prefer employees with an associate degree in Paralegal Studies, job-seekers with tech proficiency and a paralegal certification will likely find themselves in the enviable position of being quite hireable in today’s tech-drive workforce.

NON-TRADITIONAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Law firms and government agencies are the most common employers of paralegals, but businesses outside the legal industry are increasingly switching to in-house and contracted legal counsel. Many companies in finance, tech, and healthcare are either hiring or contracting paralegals as consultants to fulfill their basic legal needs in compliance and regulatory areas. Amazon is one such tech company that retains an in-house legal team in their offices all over the world and is constantly hiring for paralegal and other related positions, which you can find by searching on Amazon’s job site.

The healthcare industry, with its complicated regulatory and compliance needs, often seeks in-house legal help; health insurance companies, like Aetna, also hire in-house legal aides. Since this sector often requires more specialized knowledge, employees with medical backgrounds are highly sought after, such as Legal Nurse Consultants and Nurse Paralegals.

Large finance companies like J.P. Morgan Chase also hire paralegals to assist their in-house attorneys all over the United States. A quick search for jobs with J.P. Morgan Chase reveals a need for paralegals in cities across the country.

And, of course, in the 21st century’s pervasive gig economy, freelance paralegals are able to make a comfortable living on flexible terms, allowing them to raise families and attend to other needs they might have. However, it is advisable to have a few years of experience before becoming a paralegal freelancer.

PARALEGAL SALARY

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2017 the median wage for paralegals was $50,410, with the bottom ten percent making less than $31,130 and the top ten percent making over $81,180. Your location, work experience, industry, and specialized knowledge will, of course, contribute to how much you earn, with paralegals in the utilities and healthcare industries making more than those in the retail or advertising sectors.

The paralegal occupation, overall, is an excellent career choice that does not require a four-year (or more) degree with crippling student debt. With a bright industry outlook and great salary potential, those interested in the legal field but not in the law school sticker price should consider enrolling in a paralegal program.

The Paralegal Institute at Brighton College offers an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies as well as a Paralegal Certificate Program. The Paralegal Institute offers all courses online, along with affordable tuition and an emphasis on employability after graduation. For more information, please check out our website—we look forward to hearing from you!

Options Make The World Go ‘Round

Or is that money?

Either way, Brighton offers you ways to make the money to make the world go ’round using several options (ha, see what I did there??). Our most popular program by far is our Legal Nurse Consultant and Nurse Paralegal program. What isn’t the most popular part of it is the length. While it’s significantly more comprehensive than other programs out there, it’s 14 months worth of program. That’s a lot of time. But, at the same time, you’re essentially being taught how to be a paralegal, since you already know how to be a nurse.

So, how did we make it more conducive to our students? We made a short program. We have a Legal Nurse Consultant Professional Development program which contains 2 courses for a total of 8 credit hours. Your courses would be focused solely on the principles and practices of being an LNC and get you into the field faster. This way, you can start working towards your 2,000 hours worth of LNC work you need to complete before you can sit for your LNC Certification exam (in addition to being an RN for a minimum of 5 years).

Even better? With this short program, you still get the complimentary membership to The J.E.R.K., which is an organization that Brighton partners with that is made up of a bunch of LNCs from around the country. It’s the perfect way to network, get mentoring, and even work on making contacts that you can contract with without leaving your state.

I’m not being biased when I say it’s an amazing deal with a ton of promise behind it….okay, I’m a little biased. But it’s definitely worth checking out! https://www.brightoncollegeextension.org/lnc/

I Want To Be…

The question that we get asked from the time we are children: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And obviously, there are answers like astronaut, fireman, princess, dinosaur. Some have more realistic dreams than others, it seems.

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To be fair, I was in the “princess” category, since that’s what my mom always called me. It honestly ruined me for later on in life, but now that’s my husband’s issue to deal with.

At Brighton, we have several different fields you can go into and study and become the best. Our biggest field, by far, is our Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) program. But why? What makes LNC so popular? Well, several reasons:

  1. 1) It’s a field that’s booming and becoming more and more demanding. Nurses and doctors rely on their employer having a lawyer on staff to handle any iffy situations that may arise concerning malpractice.
  2. 2) It’s a field that’s not overly popular, because people don’t know about it.
  3. 3) Our program, unlike many out there, is more comprehensive than the others and will train you better to be an LNC as opposed to a few of the more popular, shorter courses out there.
  4. 4) Hospitals and other employers could have an LNC on staff to handle a majority of issues that arise while only paying a lawyer minimal billable hours to handle all of the issue from start to finish.

This sounds a little weird, right? Well, I’ll break these points down because it’s important to delve deeper into each of these reasons.

  1. 1) It’s always good to be on the ground floor of any up-and-coming business and skill. Not only will you be one of the “pioneers” of the field, you’ll also still learn things every day and be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t and help steer the future “you” into the correct way to make themselves successful.
  2. 2) It’s not a field that has 10,000 people in it. Okay, it might world-wide, I don’t really know. But the point here is, it’s not a saturated field yet. You’ve probably heard lawyers are “a dime a dozen” because the market is SO full of lawyers that you can find one on every corner and they don’t make what they used to because, 20-30 years ago, not everyone could be a lawyer. Nowadays, it’s like law schools are handing out JD’s like they’re Halloween candy (even Harvard and Yale!). So for a new field, yes, you’ll have a hard time convincing people why your job is necessary, but once you convince them to give you the chance, you’ll be able to blow them away with that they’ve been missing out on.
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  4. 3) When researching LNC programs, you’ll be hit with A LOT of options out there. Several big-name colleges have programs, like Duke, and there are some “programs” that are significantly shorter. I say “programs” because unless it’s accredited, or takes longer than a week, most people don’t consider it an actual program. There’s one in particular that’s incredibly popular. It’s a week-long “program,” totaling about 40 hours, and is about 3 times the price of ours. Yes, Brighton’s LNC program takes 14 months to complete (the average is about 11 months); however, most of our students come back telling us how much they learned and how helpful it was for them. I have another point about this, but I’ll list it later.
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  6. 4) When an attorney is on staff for a hospital, they can charge the hospital a pretty high rate in addition to a retainer for any hours to investigate the situation, the doctor/nurse, the outcome, etc. Some attorneys, especially in bigger cities, have hourly rates of $500 or more! How crazy is that?! Paralegals and LNC’s can be on staff to do the “leg work” that an attorney would have to do anyway (or more likely, have their paralegal do) and the attorney can be held on retainer and then paid WAY less in billable hours to go to the actual trial or to do settle. Hospital Board of Directors (BOD) might view it as an unnecessary hire, until they realize that it’s actually a lot cheaper in the long run.
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Okay, so the whole “I’ll list it later” part: there’s a group for LNCs out there called Juris Educational Research Knowledge. For short, they’re called The J.E.R.K. and trust me, they know how it sounds. But it makes them stick out, which is important! It’s an organization that helps LNCs network, mentor, and learn. The founder, Claire Hull, went through the popular program mentioned above and also started the program at Duke and a school in Florida. With that being said, we are the only program that the J.E.R.K. partners with to work with the graduates of their LNC program. That. Is. HUGE! If you were to go to their website, you’ll see Brighton College as their only academic partners.

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When asked about if she would choose Brighton if she had it to do over again, Claire Hull responded with: “What a wonderful question !! I’m very sorry! I thought I made myself clear last night, but perhaps I left some doubt!
I took VM course yes! Of course I did! There was nothing else at the time. When I was finished with that course, five years later, I helped establish the course that Duke LNC program now has and I also help establish the LNC program for UNC. I also went to university of Florida and started their forensic program with them! SO…these programs were all just starting.
Which program would I choose if I had to pick.
Well, that’s easy. (Brighton pays me nothing to speak well of them. In regard to full disclosure. Also, it’s important you know that I am not a paid instructor at Brighton College as Dr. Wheeler is).
So, I feel I can answer your question without a conflict of interest.
I would hands down choose the program at Brighton College which is why I CHOSE the school affiliation.
I am in business for myself and my name means everything. As does my Integrity. I really can’t put my name on just any school or any product.
I’ve always been choosey.
I promise you none of the information you learn here at the school will be wasted! You will know more than most know! When you leave school, you will know what an affidavit is! I didn’t know that WORD after taking VM course!  My regard for Dr. Wheeler is high. I don’t believe I have ever met a more compassionate intelligent man. He is wonderful!
I would follow him and know he makes great decisions. He is so supportive of nurses! HE has done the job you are about to take on! Now, how many programs do you think offer that?
You are on a wonderful path! Nothing you learn a waste! It was never my intent to discourage you from the program you are currently in! I would encourage you to see the benefits that may be well hidden!
Recognize that other schools, Universities, Colleges, Programs do not take an interest in connecting you with the “outside world” and what you are about to enter! Legal Nurses are very autonomous! We go into business for ourselves. Most of us do not go in-house to do our work. When you leave school, they are trying to prepare you to be a business owner! You are starting a new career! You will fall back on everything they teach you. There may come a time when you feel badly for those who finish a program in seven days! Especially when you see how much there is to learn!
Consequently, the nurses that come from those programs often feel lost! Ask them! I will bet they tell you that honestly!
Brighton College has done something I’ve never seen a college do. Without Brighton extending that hand You would never have the benefits you have now. There would be no knowledge of JERKLNC web site, No Dr. Wheeler, No AALNC, No extra certification, No newsletter connection, NO Business consultant connection, No Networking….NONE OF THAT is available in the other programs! YOU will never hear VM speak of the JERKLNC. NOR will you hear her speak of the AALNC!! NOR will you hear her speak of Legal Eagle EYE news!
BUT your college has broken down those walls! Your college took a wrecking ball to those walls and knocked them down allowing you full disclosure to all of the wonderful things available to learn.
Personally I am really proud of it! I’m excited for every student in this program! I feel you are about to learn more than most programs take the time to teach! And all because someone cares.”

Man. Talk about high praise!! I don’t even have anything to follow that up with. Claire’s words say it all.

Ready to make your decision yet? We’re just an application away.

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No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted

“The only people I have interacted with are Ryan and Kaitlin, via phone and e-mail. Both are very helpful and courteous.”–D Barrera

These days, it seems like kindness is not something that everyone has, and I have some theories as to why. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t cost anything to have, and as a society, we are perceived and judged for what we can, or cannot, buy and attain. Or maybe it’s because it isn’t something that is rewarded for having or using.

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Regardless, people don’t seem to be as kind as they once used to be. I think back to the times of Mayberry. I remember watching The Andy Griffith Show growing up with my dad constantly, and people were genuinely friendly to each other–always said ‘hello,’ used their names (and everyone knew everyone), doors didn’t need to be locked every night. It didn’t hurt that the deputy put the fear of a single bullet (kept in his pocket, not even the gun), in everyone!

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But now, people get offended if doors are held for them, because

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As my mother used to say, “it doesn’t cost anything to be kind.” And that’s what our world is lacking today. At Brighton College, we make sure we have people on staff that, their basic instinct is to be kind to each other. Even if we have to fake a smile, it comes across as a smile when you speak.

Image result for fake it meme Eventually, that smile won’t have to be faked. I’m lucky. I work in a place where it’s genuinely easy to smile because we are always laughing. When you enjoy your coworkers and have fun, that fun comes across and rubs off on the students when you speak to them. Whether you’re in Admissions, Student Services, or Finance, you work with so many students every day that each call needs to be treated as your first, and the more fun you’re having before each of those calls, the better each of those calls will be. Even when you have a “nightmare” of a call, and you answer all pleasant and get this in return:

Image result for jurassic world memethere’s always someone on the other end to help get your mood back up afterwards.

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Choices, Decisions, and Consequences

Every choice in life we make has a consequence, either a good one or a not-so-good one. Some of those “not-so-good” ones come with the worst words to say when you look back on your life: “What If?

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I have made it my life’s mission to not have any regrets, or any What If’s in life, even though I haven’t always had good consequences of my actions. I have learned to take them in stride and use them for my future. An example of this has been my education. My choice to go to a private university in Kentucky for my undergrad had a not-so-good consequence of extreme student loan debt. My choice to move home to Illinois for grad school had a good consequence of saving money and having the support of my parents readily at hand.

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Until recently, I was considered a “traditional” student–I went to college immediately after high school, grad school immediately after that. But upon graduation with my Master’s, I had some choices to make. Do I want to continue on and get a PhD? Or do I want to start looking for a job? I chose to start working, because from the time I started Kindergarten until the day I finished my Master’s, I had been in school for 19.5 consecutive years, with only summers off (until grad school). That’s a long time to go through school, and my best friend went on to get her PhD immediately after her Master’s, so it’s amazing she hasn’t burned out yet. That’s the issue with a lot of “traditional” students these days.

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When I was little, I was obsessed with Law and Order: SVU and that show gave me the desire to be a lawyer and help people. Going through junior high and high school, I didn’t get the most stellar grades, but I was a solid A-/B+ student. In college, I started struggling a lot with my grades while working, taking an insane amount of credit hours, and being a music minor [which required a certain amount of practice hours per week], and it took me a year or so to learn time management skills, but by that point, the damage was pretty much done. However, better late than never on those skills (wait for it…). It was during my junior year of college when I realized I would never be able to get into law school. My grades were nowhere near good enough, and I’m such a horrible test taker, always have been, so I knew I couldn’t get a high enough score on the LSAT to make up for my GPA. So I had to start looking at other options.

Again, the choices I made gave me a fair amount of “not-so-good” consequences. Upon looking at my options with my major, I chose to pursue a career in Sport Psychology. In that field, I could still help people. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty of Kinesiology, but I was told too late I needed a PhD. On top of that, I kind of felt like I had wasted a ton of money in student loans and I still wouldn’t be a lawyer.

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I moved to Arizona a month after getting married. We made 1 huge life choice, why not overwhelm ourselves by adding in more big decisions! We were here for about a year when I got the job with Brighton. I found, as I was going through the catalog, that they offer an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies! I could at least receive the training to kind of be a lawyer. But the downside of that? I went back to school (even though it’s online) at the age of 29. While we have students across all ages, a common theme is “I’ve been out of school for a while so I’m worried about getting back into the swing of things.” I know exactly how the students feel now, because wow, even though it’s only been a little less than 5 years since graduating with my Master’s, it’s hard to get back into the groove of studying and homework!

It’s nice that I can do it when I have time to, as opposed to having to work around a class time with a brick-and-mortar school that has set meeting times, exam dates, and less flexibility in general. What I’ve found amazing with being a non-traditional student is the knowledge I’ve gained over the years and the ability to apply it when I never thought I’d need to. Our students, like me, have {sometimes} multiple degrees that have given them a set of skills and knowledge, plus their real world experiences. In addition, our instructors are fantastic and understand that we are working individuals, with children/families and other responsibilities and sometimes we even like to sleep. So they’re flexible on submission dates and are more than happy to provide assistance as much as they can.

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While you can take online classes with us at your own pace, you are subject to a specific time frame. For instance, our Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program has a maximum time frame of 3 years, even though if you went to a community college, you could finish it in 2. But then you have to take into account the fact that we are flexible, you don’t have to go to an actual class, you can do your homework and quizzes in yoga pants (which also happens to be how I dressed my entire senior year of college), and if something happens or you get sick or have to take a break, we offer a lot of options to help out. We help people send out resumes to get jobs. That’s not something a lot of colleges, especially online colleges, do on a regular basis.

So looking back on my life, have I made some decisions that didn’t always turn out so great for me? Absolutely. But those experiences made me the woman I am today, the hard worker I am today, and the student I am today. Without those decisions, I might never have found Brighton, and I might never have been able to get as close as possible to my dream without actually going to law school, all while helping people at the same time. While the road of life is bumpy and unpaved, the journey is worth the ride.

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Not All Testimonials Come From Students

Several members of our faculty are also considered “non-traditional students,” which is the vast majority of Brighton’s population, so it’s important to remember  This testimonial is from our Director of Student Services, Sean. Sean is a recent graduate from an online program, so his testimonial speaks to the life our students also live while being a full-time worker with families and responsibilities and how to fit school into that:
“What is a Non-Traditional Student? According to “Non-Traditional Student Populations Network,’ the non-traditional student is anyone who is not a first-time, full-time, straight out of high school, living in residence, college student. These students are outside of the general population of college students, they decided to take a path other than pursuing education and are now returning to colleges to gain the knowledge necessary to stay relevant in todays economy.
Brighton College focuses on this population of student with our current student population age being between 25 and 34 years old. As the Director of StudentServices, our department is focused on helping these adult learners obtain their education goals by understanding the needs of our student population. Therefore, as part of our continued commitment to help students continue in a path of success, we are creating a student resource page with national and some local organizations that can help students pay for the gas/water/electricity bill, transportation, food, prescription medications for free/reduced cost, and provide other social services, which could help prevent a student from putting their education goals on hold.
I have been in a situation which ended my school career, which then defined me as a “Non-Traditional Student”. I started college directly out of high school, I studied for two years at a local community college on campus with hopes of transferring into a four-year institution to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree. However, in the transition to a four-year college, my family was struck with devastating news and I put education on hold to focus attention on the important happenings in my life. Nearly three years later, still no school, nothing to show for, I was unable to apply for positions in which I could better my life due to not having a degree. As I watched my friends graduate when I should have, I had a sense of guilt and failure to myself and family. I was working a dead-end job with no marketability when I received a phone call to re-enroll and pursue my education, divine intervention, right?!
The transition from working a dead-end job to a student was difficult. Due to my work commitments, I needed to attend college online. During my first course, I was able to create a schedule to commit to my studies, after a grueling two years of putting my life on hold, I can happily say I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, not even that, but I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I did not do this alone, I had my wife support me through the whole process along with my friends and family that understood my studies came first.
The takeaway for our students and potential students, please know we are here to support you through your career with Brighton College, we are a mixed group of individuals with varying backgrounds that can relate to and understand the objections life brings our way. No matter the circumstance, our Student Services department is committed to you.”

Student Testimonials

When you type a school, restaurant, business, or store into Google, people typically look for 1 of 2 things: 1) the proximity to your location, and 2) how is it rated by other people who have gone there?

If you’re like me, I rarely write a review if I’m happy–unless there’s some sort of incentive, like 15% off my next visit or something like that. But man, I go on a keyboard rampage if I’m unsatisfied with my visit. And, especially if I’m home visiting family or friends, I let them know the problem so they don’t frequent the place(s) either.

As a society, we are more than happy to let others know when we’re mad…but it’s like pulling teeth to tell people good things about services. Well, Brighton College and The Paralegal Institute are changing that. We reached out to our students to ask them what they thought about us and I’ll be making posts about them over the next few months so you can rest assured we provide a quality education as well as the personal touch that other schools just don’t have.

“Kaitlin is amazing at her job! She has been such a big help and has answered all of my questions faster than I could have expected.” –R. Smith, LNC/NP Program

And, of course, I’m not biased since I’m Kaitlin. But I remember my college days and having to wait until office hours to ask questions, and it was likely that I forgot my question by then. For the most part, I’m incredibly accessible, which clearly pleases the students!

Have I piqued your interest yet? Ready to enroll? We’re ready for you!

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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

Listen to what our Curriculum Manager & Adjunct Instructor, Amanda MacDonald, has to say:

“Although, I was what you would call a “traditional” undergraduate student (i.e I went to college right after graduating high school, I went to school full time, I lived on campus, etc.), I am also a first generation college student. I was fortunate enough to be able to pay for college with scholarships and grants but I did end up needing to work part-time for most of my college career. In fact, I enjoyed juggling working and going to school so much that I immediately pursued my master’s degree as soon as I finished my bachelor’s degree! (Ha ha!) I really enjoyed the different professors and students I met and interacted with in my different classes. From the professor who praised my writing skills and encouraged me to pursue a graduate degree to the mentor who helped me connect to an internship that launched my career in curriculum, I had a lot of positive influences while in college. The human mind has always fascinated me so I really enjoyed hearing other people’s thoughts and opinions, as well as learning from their life experiences and sharing my own. Being open to lifelong learning is one of the best lessons I received during my college education. My experiences in college helped me embark on a path in which I am able to think more creatively, develop a more open mind to people and ideas, be willing to try new things, and share my own ideas with others. I treasure these experiences I have had and I hope you are able to experience precious, life-altering moments while pursuing your academic goals, too!”

See? It’s just not me. Now it’s time to see for yourself.

Job Security

21 years ago, a movie came out that was beyond the Science Fiction genre–Starship Troopers. This was a movie that had 30-year-olds portraying high school kids in a futuristic battle for the galaxy against creepy arachnids. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a spider person, but these things weren’t even close to spiders. I don’t even know how to describe them, but creepy is always appropriate.

What does this have to do with Brighton College? Hang on, I promise I’m getting there.

Earlier this week, President Trump signed a new branch of our military into existence: The Space Force. It seemed like it was a joke, or maybe a “light” moment to take away from the really heavy and tragic news as of late. However, he was incredibly serious, saying we need a branch that will help NASA keep Earth safe from asteroids and meteors and whatnot. Still pretty far-fetched and ridiculous, but okay. Ready for the point? Here it is:

Imagine being a military spouse who’s husband or wife gets assigned to the Space Force. Can you imagine the BAH?! Regardless of if your spouse gets stationed on the moon or across the country, one thing is for sure: it’s important for working spouses to be in a job that is transferrable. With Brighton College, it’s easy to get certified in a job that holds a lot of security: pharmacy technicians, medical coding and billing, paralegals, IT…the list goes on. Brighton offers so many opportunities that give job security that you wouldn’t have a bad choice here. Plus, if the U.S. Military is all of a sudden populating space with our troops, they’re going to need a few things: a pharmacy, some doctors/surgeons, places to eat, hotels…I mean, imagine how cool it would be to say “I was the FIRST pharmacy tech on the moon!”

We have 2 enrollment days each month. Our courses are affordable and more comprehensive than the shorter programs out there in the same field. And, depending on what program you choose (remember, you can’t go wrong with Brighton), we offer things like complimentary memberships to externship opportunities. In addition, you get a success coach to help you every step of the way. Now the only question is:

What are you waiting for?

Why Is Getting Your Degree Important?

Think about it. For as long as I can remember, I was told that the only way to get ahead in life is to go to college. I wanted to be a lawyer, so I knew college and law school were in my future anyway (turns out, Legally Blonde was wrong and you can’t get into law school based on looks). But, as time goes on, I’ve noticed that everyone has been told the same thing, so everyone had gone to college. So, to set myself apart, I went to grad school and got my master’s degree in education.

But now, everyone has a master’s degree! It’s insane looking for jobs and seeing “bachelor’s degree required,  master’s degree preferred.” When I graduated high school in 2007, only over achievers went past their bachelor’s. But as time has gone on, since everyone my age and younger have been told to go to college, it’s no longer a way to set yourself apart unless you go get a PhD–because really, even a master’s doesn’t do it anymore. So how do you set yourself apart?

By having skills that your competition doesn’t have. That’s where Brighton comes in. With all of our certificate programs, and even a couple of Associate Degree programs, we offer training to help you get the job. With our programs, as well, we offer a system called GradCast. It’s a program in itself that helps us get your resume ready and make sure it’s current and ready to be sent. Then, we send it out for you to up to 100 employers in your field in your geographical area–typically about a 20 mile radius. And, if you’re a pharmacy tech student, we also offer help for externships through CVS to help get your foot in the door. Do other schools do that? (Hint–nope).

When you’re going in for that accounting job, or that paralegal job, seeing that you have the formal training as well as certification through an accredited school, you have more skills than your competition if they just have formal training. It shows you went above and beyond to sharpen your skills, and employers love self starters!

Another thing we hear a lot, which makes some students hesitate, is “I’m too old for this, I don’t even know how to look for jobs now, no one will hire someone as old as me.” While it’s true that the student might have been out of the game for a while, mostly because they found a place they’re comfortable in and happy with, Brighton offers a ton of resources, not just GradCast. Kait, our Student Services Coordinator, recently ordered a book specifically for this concern. The book is called “Job Hunting After 50,” and it holds a lot of resources and help to get prepped. It offers practice interview questions that older job seekers might face, which will be a great way to get some of the nerves calmed down ahead of time. But really, with our education, our students know the material second-nature, so they already typically have a ton of confidence going in.

So why is it important for you to have a degree or a certification? Because in a world of specialties, you need to stand out. That’s where we come in.