There’s a substantial argument to be made for the work ethic of people who earn their degrees online through distance education programs. More than any other style of education, distance education seems to prepare a student for the challenges of the real world. Students work through a diverse curriculum focused on individual learning that nurtures an entrepreneurial spirit.
Unfortunately online education has garnered somewhat of a negative reputation in recent years due to the proliferation of bogus degree mills that falsely promise a fulfilling (and suspiciously speedy) education to their students. These degree mills have caused some to believe distance education is a last resort only suited for people without the means to go to a brick and mortar college. Nothing could be further from the truth. And to prove my insistence that online education constitutes a great education, I’d like to argue three points for why it so well suites career minded people.
Career oriented education
As I said before, instructors often built their online courses around a curriculum that accounts for their students’ careers after graduation. Classes will include assignments that simulate dilemmas and challenges in occupations related to the area of study. For instance, a student in an online accounting program will not only receive a foundational overview of the profession in areas like tax law and bookkeeping; they’ll also take online courses that prepare them for the certification tests necessary to starting a fulfilling accounting career. Distance education courses focus as much on academic study and research as much as they do on the practical application of their concentrations. Once they graduate, students of online degree programs can utilize both their theoretical and practical knowledge to springboard into a new career.
More rigorous and demanding education
Students of online degree programs also benefit from a diversified curriculum that challenges and improves upon traditional teaching methods employed in most universities. There, it’s common for a student to go through years of their college education among hundreds of other students in a large lecture hall, listening to a professor talk through a lecture on the day’s lesson. If the student has a problem with the lecture or the reading material, they have to consult a teaching assistant or a fellow student.
Online education challenges this one-sided method of teaching by offering interactive study courses that redefine the way students learn their material. Students might watch video lectures (as Coursera lectures), participate in discussions with their classmates through email or messages boards, or they might use a computer program specially designed to complement a lesson. The varied methods of online instruction help a student develop the ability to adapt to their learning environment. With so many different methodologies, a student can boast experience in diverse work styles when they apply for jobs after graduation.
Fosters independence and self-reliance
Even though online courses offer a more interactive educational experience, they also encourage independence among their students. No matter the level of interaction, the online educational experience is still an enterprise largely left to the student to complete. In this way, online education draws industrious people who can meet goals and carry out their work by themselves, thriving when left alone. Those who do well in their courses will graduate with a skill most sought after by hiring companies: self-reliance. To hiring officials, earning a degree from an accredited online university means two things: that you’re willing to work for your success, and that you can achieve that success without relying on others.