It’s 2018. If you are still scared of online universities for fear they won’t be taken as seriously as “real” universities, you are missing out. Online education is quickly becoming, not just an acceptable form of education, but also a prominent form of education. Online degrees are no longer looked down upon. In fact, more and more prestigious universities are embracing online education and allowing students from all over to earn degrees from their schools.
If you are already in the workforce and cannot stop working to attend classes to further your education, then consider online degree programs. If you need convincing, here are nine reasons why online education is a great option for you.
- Further Your Education
The majority of careers require professional development. Often, the professional development includes taking classes and furthering your education. With online degree programs, you can further your education easily – from your own home. No matter what field you are in, there is an online degree program for you.
- Strengthen Your Resume
The career world is competitive – especially as the next generation enters the ranks. As technology has introduced a global marketplace, you now must compete for jobs with people all around the world. And, those individuals with advanced degrees on their resumes stand out. While many jobs do not require an advanced degree, it does boost your resume to show you have taken the time to further your education.
- Advance Your Career
Few people are content to stay in the same position for the duration of their careers. With an advanced degree, you put yourself in the position for further movement. For example, some careers require advanced degrees to move up into management roles. And, if it is not a requirement, just having an MBA makes you more likely to advance into these roles than someone without this degree.
- Convenient and Flexible
The main reason why online universities are becoming even more popular is that they offer tremendous flexibility. For those in the workforce, it is not easy (or even possible) to drop everything to go back to school. You have bills you have to pay, which requires a full-time job. With online universities, you can go back to school from your own home. Plus, you can take classes at times that are convenient to your schedule.
- Multiple Options
Additionally, online degree programs provide multiple options. You can choose a specific degree that may not be offered at a school that is close to you. But, since the program is online, this does not matter. Since you are no longer tied to a specific location, you can “attend” a university in another state.
- Accelerated Programs
Many online schools offer accelerated programs. Rather than sitting in classes relearning material you already know, you may be allowed to enter programs that are suited to your background knowledge. Also, you may enter programs that are designed to cover the courses in less time than other schools.
- Cost Effective
Online degree programs can also be cost effective. You do not have to worry about room and board fees, for one. And, most online universities allow for financial aid just as traditional schools.
- Different Types of Learning Environments
The idea that online schools are easier should be well established as a myth by 2018. Online degree programs are just as rigorous as traditional classroom settings. It is now normal for online courses to require students to “attend” classes via live video or at certain times. While not all programs run the same way, you can choose a program based on whether classes are synchronous or asynchronous.
- Supportive Online Communities
Another reason students are often fearful of online university programs is that they are afraid they will be unsupported. This is far from the truth. Online programs require students to become involved in online communities for discussion and support. Like traditional schools, online schools make sure students have advisors and access to all the support they need. Just as you email regularly with your co-workers, you will email your classmates and professors in the online setting.