*This is a sponsored post by Ashworth College; however, all opinions are my own.

Whether you’ve been in your current career for one year or twenty years, there comes a time for many of us when it’s time to make a change. Sometimes we lose interest in what we’ve been doing. Other times the desire to learn new skills and make a career out of them is undeniable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person stays in a job just over four years. If you fall into this category, you’re not alone. Statistics show people will make a career change five to seven times in their lifetime.

While you may not change careers that often, even making one change requires a lot of planning. You can’t jump ship without a life preserver. One of the many life preservers needed to make the jump may be learning new skills. For many of us, that means going back to school. The number of people over age 25 who enrolled in higher education was over eight million just a couple of years ago. That number continues to grow. It’s just more proof that you are not alone if you are contemplating a career change that requires further education.

For many of us further education at an older age needs to be affordable and convenient. That’s why many adults turn to online universities. This allows them the flexibility they need to get an education while still carrying out their adult responsibilities. These responsibilities come in the form of paying bills, maintaining a home, and raising a family, just to name a few.

When you are looking to make a career change while still keeping up with all of the other things in your life, Ashworth College is the answer. Ashworth offers more than 125 programs that are in high-demand fields such as healthcare, business, and criminal justice. No matter which field you choose, Ashworth believes all students have the right to an education and helps them meet their education goals without the burden of student loan debt. How many people can graduate with a degree without student loan debt these days? We all know the answer is not many. With tuition rates approximately five times less than other online institutions, Ashworth College strives to provide students with access to an education they can afford. This is a huge benefit since many students, no matter their age, cite affordability as one of the reasons why they can’t attend any type of college. If you need to see the numbers broken down, Ashworth can even help determine your payments so that you know just how much you will have to pay.

If you need more reasons to pursue an online degree, a recent poll of human resource managers showed that 79% of organizations have hired job applicants with online degrees in the last 12 months.

When a new career starts calling you, don’t be afraid to answer. Let Ashworth College, be a part of the journey to get you to your next professional destination.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ashworth College . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Meridith Dennes is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women's lifestyle media company online including some of the web's best loved communities including the eponymous Project Eve, Getting Balance, Project Eve Moms, Project Eve Money and Scary Puppy Silly Kitty. With a digital readership in excess of 20+ million monthly uniques, and over 1 million social media followers, Project Eve provides the news and resources to inspire and empower women. Meridith also works as a digital consultant and social media strategist and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help increase brand awareness and improve social media engagement.Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to founding Project Eve, she spent 15 years working in investment banking. Meridith currently lives in Vermont with her husband and 2 daughters and spends her free time teaching skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and snowshoeing.