Could An Online Degree Be For You?

Online degrees are an increasingly common route towards a degree or formal qualification. Over the last decade or so, online degrees have evolved from borderline scams to reputable degrees on par with their traditional counterparts. This has been helped in large part by the diverse range of already established and respected educational institutions who now offer online counterparts to their campus courses. Now that an online degree can offer the similar or same value to a traditional one, they represent fantastic value for money and a legitimate first step on a long-term career path.  Even if an online degree isn’t something you’ve really considered, read on to find out if you’re the kind of person who could benefit from studying one.

Flexibility

One of the greatest advantages of an online degree is that it can be completed over a different timescale to a university course, making them ideal for those who are either currently employed or those who have young children to look after and therefore are unable to dedicate themselves to full-time learning. These flexible studying timescales also allow those sensitive to the pressures of full-time education to take their time and ease the pressure. Online degrees also offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of the available subjects to study and often entry requirements aren‘t quite as strict for campus courses, and for those that do have prerequisite qualifications, they can often be studied prior to taking up the full course through the same institution.

Career Advancement

An online degree not only looks fantastic on a resume but is a great investment for those looking to advance on their chosen career path. For those looking to break into the world of business, a master’s in business administration (MBA) is the standard to which all entrepreneurs are held. An MBA will not only prepare you for how to start and run your own business but also how to manage others and as such is just as suitable for career advancement as it is for going solo. For those who already have a qualification, an online degree can upgrade or supplement it. A good example is a BSN to DNP online course, such as those offered by Bradley University. These online doctoral nursing programs are designed to allow those with a BSN to apply for a more senior and higher salaried role.

Lower Costs

The costs of an online course are significantly lower than those of studying on campus. Combined with the suitability of part-time online courses for those who are in work, they represent a strong investment with returns both financial and otherwise. Lower costs not only make the course more accessible but it encourages those who might not have otherwise considered it to pursue an area of study they consider risky.

The lessons and skills learned while studying an online degree are all applicable to many other areas of work and life and so the benefits extend beyond those gained from the degree itself.

Using The Internet To Learn Something New

So, a few months ago I realized that I really wasn’t harnessing the immense power that the internet has, there I was, sat at the computer with a vast amount of capabilities in front of me and all I could think of to do was play retro Sega games, check my Instagram and watch videos of people falling off heir skateboards.

It was at this moment that I made a decision to use the power which the internet has and utilize it to learn something new, two things actually. My choices were that I would learn how to play the guitar and that I would learn all about the Ancient Egyptians, a topic which I have always been fascinated by. If you want to do what I did and learn something new then here are some great ways to do so.

Timing

How much time you will have each day will depend on your own schedule but I would advise that you set a certain of portion of time aside each day and stick to it if you want to get the most out of learning.

Expectations

If it has been a while since you studied then you are going to need to lower your expectations in the first month or two. When you are young, your brain is like a sponge and you can soak up knowledge in no time at all, as the years tick on this can become a little more difficult so bear that in mind when you begin.

Resources

Once you have made the decision for what you will learn about you should spend a good few hours on search engines discovering the best places to get your resources. Wikipedia serves its purpose pretty well but you should never solely rely on this as a factual resource. In fact you should cross reference facts across many different sites to get to the bottom of it.

I like to use the fantastic Great Courses material designed by Thomas Rollins teaching expert and educator who put together this fantastic study material for a wide range of subjects.

YouTube is a wonderful tool as well  if you are looking to pick up a new skill or watch documentaries, my guitar playing has improved greatly in a few short months and that is thanks to the step-by-step guides on the video site. I was also able to find some great footage from inside the pyramids and a mock-autopsy of Tutankhamen on YouTube, this is a great place for reference.

Self Discipline

The final part of learning something new online is to ensure that you are disciplined with yourself around your learning. There is nobody there to tell you what or when to study and for this reason you need to be able to have the commitment and the self-learning abilities to work hard and learn as much as you can all by yourself. Just think of it like this, you are doing this for yourself and if you fail to study or decide to relax instead of learn then the only person that damages is you.