In the early days of taking an online degree, there were many conversations about whether the degrees had any real value. In all honesty, many of the degrees being handed out in the early days were not worth the paper they were written on. However, things have changed a great deal in recent years. So, let’s discuss the question of whether taking an online degree is worth really worth it.
Are You Taking a Degree That’s Recognised?
The obvious first question is does your degree come from a recognised university? There are many degree mills online that offer you a degree based on your life experience and work experience. These have absolutely no value and no one will give you a job because you have one of these degrees.
However, there are many, many recognised universities that offer online degrees. These degrees have real value and can help you get your first job or a better job. You have to study exactly what students who attend university in the real world study, you have to pass the same courses and modules; in fact, you have to do pretty much what regular students have to do.
If you are worried that your online degree won’t have the same value as a traditional degree, the best option is to take an online degree from a university that offers traditional degrees. That is because, in case you’re not aware, degrees taken online have nothing on the certificate to show they were taken online. So, as far as your future employer is aware, your online degree was a degree taken in the traditional way.
Is the Degree Worth Taking?
There are a lot of benefits to studying a degree online. In fact, if you go to this post here, I have outlined many of the reasons why taking an online degree is a good idea. However, taking an online degree for the sake of having a degree, is not necessarily a good idea. What you have to decide is whether your degree will add value to your life.
It’s very important here that you do good research. If you’re in a job already and you know that the degree you are taking; for example, a Masters to complement your Bachelors, then you can be pretty certain that the Masters will add value to your life. However, if you are out of work and you are looking to get new qualifications, so that you can re-enter the job market, it is important to know whether the degree you will eventually earn will be of any benefit to you.
There are many ways you can find out if you are going to have a degree that has any value. One of the best ways is to see what skills are needed, or will be needed, in the future. While this is not a perfect science, you can be pretty sure that if you are studying something like Latin, your job opportunities are going to be limited. Whereas, if you’re studying for a degree in Data Science, you can be fairly confident that you will be able to find some sort of job at the end of it.
Are you Right for Online Learning?
This is a very important question. You are going to have to pay a substantial amount of money upfront to start your online degree. If after a couple of months you realise that you are not cut out for learning online, it’s going to be a very expensive mistake. So how do you know if you are suitable for studying a degree online?
To be honest, only you can really answer that question. First of all, you have to be extremely self-motivated. You have to be somebody who can set goals and stick to them. You also have to be an independent learner, able to solve problems, and not the sort of person who needs to get help every 5 minutes. If you’d like to know if you are right for online learning, check out this post.
You should also consider whether you are the sort of person who finishes what they start. This may sound a little harsh, but many people start projects only to see them never completed. Think back to all the projects you have started in the past. How many have you completed? And how many are still sitting in a room somewhere gathering dust. Thinking about this honestly will probably be the best way for you to decide if you are right for studying a degree online.
Wrapping It All Up
In my opinion taking an online degree is definitely worth considering. not only are they considered a cheaper than taking a traditional degree at the University, they also offer you the opportunity to study while you are in full-time work, as a stay-at-home mum or dad, or even if you are unemployed.
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