There’s an ocean of opportunities out there when you’re looking to pursue a degree, both regular and online. The advent and advancement of the Internet has multiplied the growth of online courses, some of them legitimate and most dubious. Although we all know the benefits of a regular degree over an online one, there are times when studying online is advantageous – when you have other responsibilities like children or ill and elderly parents to care for, when you don’t have the finances to pay the tuition costs at a regular college, when you need to work straight out of high school but still want to earn a degree, and so on.
The downside of online degrees is that not many employers view graduates too kindly – they’re of the opinion that online degrees are shortcuts taken by lazy people who just cannot be bothered to attend regular class and graduate in four years. To convince them otherwise, make sure that the online degree you choose conforms to certain criteria:
- They are offered by institutions that are accredited and well-known: What with the mushrooming of illegal degree and diploma mills that are ready to sell you degrees not worth the paper they’re printed on in exchange for money, you can’t blame prospective employers for being wary of online degrees. What you can do to get around this hurdle is study with a reputable and well-known institute that offers degrees online.
- They allow you to major in certain subjects: Research shows that employers are more likely to lean favorably to online degrees when they specialize in areas like the media, marketing, technology and other knowledge-based disciplines like accounting where the practical aspect can be tested online. Definite no-nos include degrees related to medicine and law.
Online degrees are more certain to be accepted:
- You’re dedicated: If you can aim for the highest in terms of online degree success, then you have a shot at convincing employers of your skills and talents.
- You have relevant experience: The best part of learning online is that it’s flexible and leaves you with enough time to work a part time or even full time job. If you have managed to accumulate work experience relevant to the field you’re now seeking employment in, most employers normally tend to turn a blind eye to the fact that you have an online degree. They’re just happy that they don’t have to spend more time and money in training you for the job.
- You’re able to market yourself: Even if you have an online degree, if you’re able to wrangle an interview with the company of your choice and able to convince the HR people that you’re the right person for the job, then it’s worth studying online. It’s just a matter of being confident in your abilities and being able to get other people to see that as well during the course of the interview.
Online degrees are not for you if you consider them as the easy way to make sure that you have a degree, because if you don’t do your part but still get a degree, you might as well have bought one from the various degree mills that abound on the Internet.