As I mentioned before, I’m planning to begin library school in about a year. One of the options I’m considering is doing the entire program online. This guest post outlines some of the reasons doing my degree online makes sense, especially since it’s a normal option in my field.
No doubt today’s economy has affected your employment prospects in some way. If not, you’re definitely the exception–not the rule! We’re in the worst job market in decades and any edge you can gain on the competition could prove critical in winning a position. If you’re looking to change fields or possibly get a more advanced education in your current field, an online degree could be just the boost you need.
Here’s four big reasons why an online degree could be a smart decision, especially in today’s cluttered job market.
Go to any school that offers your program.
Relocating to pursue a degree is a monumental expense. With an online degree program your options are only limited by the programs available as opposed to your physical location.
Go at a pace that makes sense for you.
Many traditional schools don’t place an emphasis on catering to the needs of working or non-traditional students. Imagine trying to work a full time job, raise a family, and pursue a degree at a rigorous pace. It doesn’t sound like any way to get ahead to me.
Spend less on miscellaneous costs.
The sticker tuition price is just the beginning of the true cost of an in classroom degree. On top of that you’re going to be paying for books, lab or other fees, transportation, and so on. On the other hand, many online degree programs quote an all inclusive price, or close to it, that’s often a lot more affordable because of the low overhead that comes with the online model.
Bolster your resume.
Going back to the beginning of this article, the most important reason why an online degree makes sense is what it could do for your job possibilities in regards to the talent glut we’re facing. In some areas of the country, unemployment is over 10% so there’s guaranteed to be stiff competition for every opportunity you’re able to uncover. An online degree, even one that is not yet complete, will show an employer that you’re committed to success in your job and prepared to pull out all the stops to set yourself apart.
The guest post was written by Brandon Olsen of the appropriately named online business degree site, OnlineBusinessDegree.org.