The following is a guest post from Raine Parker of accountingdegree.com.
With the internet now beginning to pervade nearly every aspect of our lives, it comes as no surprise that online schools are mushrooming very quickly. But since online schooling is still a relatively new concept, and still in its earliest stages of development, there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about pursuing a degree online. Especially following recent scandals concerning government funding and shady recruiting practices, many are quick to dismiss online degrees completely.
Still, for those who are lured by the convenience and flexibility, receiving an online degree can be well worth the tuition, which is often much lower than pursuing a degree at a traditional school. In my personal opinion, those who can afford the time and money to pursue a degree at a traditional school should opt for tradition. This is not because traditional schools are necessarily any better; it’s only that the attitude toward online schools has not yet completely shifted to one of acceptance. However, considering that “brick-and-mortar” schools are becoming increasingly unaffordable, and considering that many dive into a career and family before thinking about school, I would venture to say that pursuing an online degree is a better option for a growing number of people.
Another thing to keep in mind when deciding if an online degree is right for you is to remember that not all online degrees are created equally. Employers in nursing or criminal justice tend to be more open to taking online degrees seriously than employers in fields whose tasks aren’t so well defined. In other words, if you are considering pursuing a degree that has a very specific professional focus, then chances are that an online degree will get you where you need to go.
Just as not all online degrees are the same, not all online schools are the same either. Before enrolling in any online school, be sure to check out its accreditation, and also be sure to find former students online who can attest to the program’s worth. Usually, online schools that are affiliated with traditional schools are a safe bet. If you can find alumni from the school you are looking into, be sure to ask them about how the online degree helped them personally or professionally. Just as with any other investment, enrolling in an online school will necessitate plenty of research on your part before you take the dive.
Not everyone can afford to leave their job and families to go back to school. With online schools, you can have the best of both worlds career and education as long as you play your cards right and look before you leap.
This guest post is contributed by Raine Parker, who writes on the topics of accounting degree. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: email@example.com.