I took a new position (a lateral move) in January and finally feel like I've acclimated to the job, the tasks, the demands, the clients, etc. My new boss is supportive of my desires to move upward. This is my first gig at such a large company. (4 yrs with this employer and they have 40,000+ ee's) Usually my rise has been much, much faster. A lot of my previous management roles have been in the <500 ee range.
Meanwhile, I'm 35 and don't have my bachelor's degree yet. Long story short, don't let your kid run amok at college 300 miles from parental supervision at the age of 16.
I've dabbled over the last twenty years and have about 65 or 70 credits needed to graduate. It's just a matter of settling in at one institution and moving forward.
My employer has a reasonably generous tuition reimbursement program and this calendar year & next, I can expect to complete about 9-12 credits on the company's dime. After that, I can increase to about 15-18 credits on the company.
Using only the company's money (even through reimbursement), I calculate it would take nearly 4 years to complete the remaining credits for my bachelor's degree.
I've seen how slowly the wheels turn at my company. A simple "you get a promotion" is a matter of building a business case and must pass through at least six different people's hands before it can be approved - a process often taking 6 mos or longer.
I believe that my enrollment in a degree program would be a positive thing during performance review (and any business case) times. They place high importance on furthering oneself and pursuing additional education, whether company product knowledge, self-improvement or traditional schooling.
Given the nature of my job, it is not terribly practical to expect that I would be able to attend a brick-and-mortar institution for classes.
I've decided to pursue a degree entirely online. I've found, over the years, that I do best with this education format. I can squeeze in school work throughout my day (given the nature of the job) and can work at home, on the weekends, in the middle of the night if my schedule gets that wacky.
It has been suggested to me that:
[I] don't need to worry about where the degree comes from - so long as it's accredited - or what the degree is in. [I] have a job at a company that thinks well of [me] and once [I] have the degree, [I] will be more seriously considered for management and above positions.
P.S. - I'm considering pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management through Western International University which is a 'sub-school' of the University of Phoenix. They offer 9 week accelerated courses but I would still only take classes while the employer is paying - basically 2 mos per calendar year.