“It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” says English journalist and poet George Eliot. It is with this same belief that AMA Education System established AMA Online Education, its online learning platform offering full degrees and short courses that help professionals progress in their current careers or earn skills needed for new roles.
Realizing the opportunities available in the vibrant world of Information Technology, 24-year-old Nicole Louise Deyro enrolled herself in AMA Online Education’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program. This millennial is among the first batch of students to graduate from the program. She completed her BSIT degree in May 2017 after just one year and nine months.
“The rise of innovative technologies encouraged me to pursue a degree in Information Technology. Looking at the world today and the role technology has played in making our daily lives easier have inspired me to aspire for a career in this field so that I may contribute to the next generation. I chose AMA OEd because of its reputation in delivering quality education in the field of IT and computer science,” said Deyro.
After earning significant professional experience from years as a pre-school teacher in Japan, Nicole felt it was time to pursue bigger dreams, and a second degree was the first step towards that. AMA Online Education provided Deyro with a highly accessible platform that enabled her to combine next-level learning with her primary responsibilities as a pre-school teacher.
“I am very grateful for AMA OEd because it allowed me to pursue further studies without the need to immediately give up my job in Japan. The platform is not only very accessible, it provides flexibility. You can study anytime and anywhere as long as there is internet connection. I used idle moments such as commuting to work, travelling for vacation, or waiting in line to study and take exams. My downtime work was used to keep up with school as well,” shared Deyro.
While not a full-time IT professional just yet, Deyro admitted that the skills she learned while completing her degree proved to be useful in her role as a pre-school teacher. Deyro reflected, “Studying in AMA helped me with my strategies as a pre-school teacher. Being a student and a teacher at the same time taught me new approaches in teaching that helped my students in learning lessons better and faster.”
Deyro also saw that the self-discipline and work ethic that she developed for her studies spilled over to her profession–both as pre-school teacher and IT professional. Motivating one’s self to study online and learning on your own can be challenging. Deyro pushed herself to find resources to help her better understand certain modules.
“I found myself frustrated over the difficulty of certain tasks but I never gave up. I believed in myself and remained patient and persevering, knowing that I will be able to overcome anything that comes my way. This is what’s important, because this is what the real world is about. I am certain the values I’ve learned will help me achieve my goal of becoming an IT professional,” Deyro said.
Like Nicole, AMA Online Education believes that no matter what stage one is in one’s career, the yearning to learn and continuously improve must never stop. It will keep anyone ready for new opportunities and increase each individual’s potential for growth.
It’s never too late to go after your dreams. Maintain a positive outlook and believe that you can do it. You’re a millennial. Anything is possible!