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Living: Can An Online Education Actually Land You a Job?


Online education is becoming more and more popular. From the comfort of your own home – or indeed anywhere you can get an internet connection – you can complete a whole range of courses from short certification courses to full master’s degrees.

But, many are looking upon online learning in a dubious manner. With so many of us used to the idea of learning as being in a classroom in front of a blackboard, online learning brings with it a lot of differences and unusual learning styles that many question are actually good enough to land them a job.

But, if you’re thinking of completing an online learning course, you’ll be glad to hear that they couldn’t be further from the truth.

Online Learning vs. Classroom Learning

Not only is online learning just as credible as classroom learning, in some cases it can be even better. When you’re learning in a traditional classroom setting, you’re a part of an often large class who the teacher or lecturer has to divide his/her time amongst.

Online learning, however, means that there is no class.

When you learn online, you often have access to a whole range of resources and materials that otherwise you would have had to go out and buy. Not only that, but many online courses also offer web chat services with qualified teachers and lecturers which you can use throughout your study periods for help and advice.

Further Benefits of Online Learning

Contrary to popular belief, many employers often look favorably upon those who have completed an online-only degree. Why? Well, when you think about it, completing an online degree can often require a lot more self-study, discipline and determination than completing a traditional classroom based course.

When you study online, you need to be in complete control of managing your own time in order to make sure that you don’t miss out on study sessions and fall behind. It is this self-driving attitude that many employers are looking for in their workforce, therefore a candidate who has completed an online degree or other online course can be a hugely attractive prospect to them. It proves that you have the will, drive and determination to get things done independently and often with little outside help.

What are Online Degrees Worth?

No matter what you may have heard, online degrees are worth exactly the same as traditional classroom based degrees. Just because you are not attending in-person lectures and seminars doesn’t mean that you’re not fully studying all of the learning materials and completing the set assignments.

Online degrees in South Dakota are worth just as much as a traditional degree from the University of South Dakota, and your certificate when you graduate will be exactly the same as those who have graduated from the same, classroom-based course. If you’re considering studying an online degree and are worried about its credibility, there’s no need to worry – so long as you pick a school that is reputable and regulated.

Would you study online? Let us know in the comments


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Robert D. Cobb
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