Nov 10, 2017

With the rising student debt rates and the not-so-great state of the economy, the need to work with your studies is at an all time high. A lot of young students, who have to work full time jobs, are making use of online studies to pursue higher education. There are a number of colleges and universities that offer programs for both bachelors and masters online, and deliver lectures and take tests over the internet.

This change occurred due to the extremely high costs of education, where a person who was able to attain a degree for $10,000 in the 1970s has to pay $120,000 for the same degree today, with an average of $30,000 in student debt.

A fresh graduate would not be able to make a living for themselves until the next five years, which would be spent in frugal spending and difficult living conditions due to student loan repayments.

Here the question that is raised by most students going for an online degree program:  Are  they worth it?

While people may be skeptical about online degrees and their worthiness, the thing is that most gatekeepers and screeners tend to look at the reputation of the institute rather than what type of degree you have, there is also the relevance of the program that you have done. If you have an online degree in bachelors of Arts, but have an exceptional portfolio to support the claim that you can design well, the firm you are going for would not really care if you have an online degree or not.

There is always the factor that if the employer themselves are very well aware of the online education system, they would be more positive about the candidate, but if the employer does not have a full understanding of how online education works, they may select the classroom candidate over you.

In case you pass the screening and are called for an interview, you better bring your "A" game to the table because the employer wants to see what the person in front of them can bring to the organization that will benefit them. Do not think of yourself as an online student in that situation, think of yourself as the person who can get the job done

There has been a common opinion amongst students that being in an online program requires for a person to have more discipline as they can have many distractions, and there are also some who have said that they think some of the classes were unnecessary and they learned less from them.

The thing that it all comes down to is  how confident you are about your talent. If you are confident enough and give off the vibe of someone who can get the job done, your online degree would not be a problem. Just make sure that your resume tells the employer enough about you and that you can get the job done.

An online degree does not receive a good reputation because classroom learning is the only thing that people have known since ancient times, but the world is rapidly changing and we’re all moving ahead, who knows, in the future online learning will be the only kind of learning. 

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