Thursday, August 2, 2012

Online College Degrees Becoming More Accepted By Employers

The University of Salford’s Master of Business...
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Even though the growth of online education has exploded, students are still worried if their online degrees will be accepted by potential employers like traditional university degrees are. According to many hiring managers, online education is continually gaining more respect as it establishes itself in academia and the workplace. 

A recent article by Bloomberg Business Week says in the past many employers were not familiar with online degrees. This accounted for their lack of knowledge and skepticism. Today, this opinion is fading because many mainline universitys are offering MBA's, Master of Public Administration Courses, and other Master's degrees online. 

A recent study by the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration shows that hiring mangers are becoming more accepting of web based degrees. The need for employees to have a MBA, required for their employment, is not being satisfied by the regular university system. Their findings show that the time commitment required when attending a traditional university can not be integrated into an employees life. The time constraints of a full time job and the many duties that a family and home life require put an employees time at a premium. 

What is changing the opinion of many hiring managers is present employees, who have gone through online degree programs. It is becoming apparent that the training they have received has made a them valuable members of the team. The managers also responded that their opinion of a potential employee with an online degree five years ago would of put that persons resume to the bottom of the pile.

One of the managers major concerns are that when you take courses online you do not have a way to use your social interaction skills that are necessary in a business environment. Sitting in front of a computer in your pajamas doing your course work can not be transferred to a dynamic office environment. Hiring managers have this opinion and it's something the employee has to think about when being interviewed.

Not all companies see the benefits of taking entire degree courses online. They do give much credence to already working employees adding additional degrees like an MBA or a public administration degree to an employees credentials through online learning. There still is a prejudice against online colleges. The advancement of online degrees has made it's way into the systems of many state colleges. Every year you see the technology of delivering complete degrees through online programs becoming better.

The online student has to keep in mind the views hiring managers have. When taking your course work it is imperative that you work toward receiving the highest possible grades and while your attending your online school you should continue to work so as to have even more job experience when finally going for an interview after you receive your online degree.



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  2. The future of education is more at home education. The tech. is already in place and it will get better. Money can be saved by both student and schools by offering at home education.

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    1. That sounds possible. I took online classes and you have to be a lot more organized, that's for sure.

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