Back in 2004 I wanted to start working towards my master's degree in management. Because I don't drive balancing work and school transportation would be a feat. I wasn't yet married nor living with hubby so I did some investigating online. I knew there were plenty of schools that offered online degrees.
After finding an accredited school in Bellevue, Nebraska that offered a complete online program in management, I knew I had found my answer.
Now doing your degree online takes a lot of dedication and can have its pros and cons. Online studies do allow you to study when it is convenient for you, however you do not have that structured in-class setting to ask questions to your professor.
During an accounting class I found myself stumped and needing a bit more guidance. I am so challenged in math it isn't even funny!
Let me give you an example of how bad my math is. . .please don't judge LOL. My father finds it amusing to "test" my math skills by giving me random quizzes. He will say,
"Jamie, you go in to 7-11 and your total is $25.62 and you give them $30.00. How much change do you get back?"
As simple as that might be I would stare puzzled to come up with the exact number in my head. So what is my response to his little quiz?
"I don't shop at that store."
So back to my accounting class. I needed help. I needed a tutor. Not really knowing of anyone locally, I once again turned to the Internet. I did a simple Google search for online accounting tutors and came across the website LivePerson.com.
After perusing through their "experts" as they are called, I hired a woman from Egypt to guide me through my math challenges. I not only used her for my accounting class, which I got an A in, but some other classes some semesters later, which I also got A's in.
After graduating with my masters in 2005 my experience at LivePerson.com stuck with me. I took some time to explore what it took to be an "expert" and if there was a cost to promote your services on the site.
LivePerson.com is a provider of online engagement solutions that facilitate real-time assistance and expert advice. Connecting businesses and experts with consumers seeking help on the Web, their hosted software platform creates more relevant, compelling and personalized online experiences.
I was intrigued enough and signed up as an "expert" under their writing section. Within days, literally, my "business" took off. Helping everyone from college students to professionals, I was lending my time and talents to better the written word for others.
Recently I received a very interesting e-mail stating that after reviewing my reviews from clients, my work record and my personal story of why I began working with the company I had been chosen as one of their Top Five Experts to the World. WOO HOO!
Now, as if this wasn't exciting enough. . .a professions video and photography crew will be flying out from NY to spend a few days with you to create a promotional video of your work to be posted on their website to help drive more clients to my site. Double WOO HOO!
So I had the privileged of having four people follow me around for two days doing interviews, snapping pictures. . .invading my privacy. Sure come on in to the bathroom with me LOL. I honestly felt like I was on a reality TV show.
The experience was awesome! The recognition so appreciated! You have to understand. There are over 30,000 experts providing their services on LivePerson.com so to be chosen as one of the top 5 is HUGE.
In my day to day job I get to work with the media, often times being on air regarding a patient success story or event, however this experience was different. It was all about me, and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
I was thrilled with the final product!
Thank you to LivePerson.com for giving me this honor and for the wonderful experience. Lights, camera, action. . .I could get used to this!
Check out my video at Jamie Expert to the World. You can also view my profile here.