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Michelle S.


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Photo credit: Wikipedia What if your years of managing a Burger King in high school counted toward credit for a business degree in human resources? What if babysitting helped you get a certificate in early childhood education?...

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  • March 5, 2013
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  • Rick D.


    Rick D.

    Managing Director at NYBizLab

    I think so if it is pertinent to the field of study.

  • Nicasio R.


    Nicasio R.

    Independent Business Owner at Wake Up Now Intl, Inc.

    I believe that Life Experience is extremely valuable and should be counted towards credit for a business degree. Life experience is often more valuable than what you learn in a classroom or from a book.

  • Darryl B.


    Darryl B.

    Geology Supervisor at VWR Education

    I think so, If you are able to explain to any extent what you learned on the job or from other sources. Of course, if I'm looking to get a degree in business, then the summer I spent in Bermuda building fish traps shouldn't count.

  • Maria D.


    Maria D.

    Secretary to the Executive Director, Rochester Housing Authority

    As others have said, life experience is valuable. To get college credit, it has to be college level learning and must be verifiable. That is, you must prove that you have learned it.

  • Jayde B.


    Jayde B.

    Classified Sales Consultant at The Citizen

    I definitely think credit in exchange for life experiences is fair. Many people, such as myself, are hands on learners and there is no substitute for being in a situation as opposed to reading it in a text book. While education in the sense of classroom learning is extremely important, life experiences are what really challenge and teach us.

  • Beth R.


    Beth R.

    Professional Training and Coaching

    Most definitely life experience is the best teacher. I agree being able to equate it with college level knowledge is the key.

  • Maxwell P.


    Maxwell P.

    Psychology Interventions Safety & Security

    Michelle- you have keen eye for exceptional topics, My life credit in people reading tells me you have a little >;o) in you. That said, I have learn more than I care to remember from people places and things, around the world. Most of this knowledge I could not receive from a college course. But. I see where they can and should be transferred in to college credits- by the can you tell me what language your name derived from -German of French-;o) ( that was a transferable question)

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