6 Ways Online Education Can Enhance Your Career
Going back to school to either finish that college degree or start a new degree can have a positive impact on your career, but it's easier said than done. You might not be sure if you have the time or money. Bills have to get paid, and it's not like you can just quit your job. Fortunately, with all the advances in technology, going back to school is as easy as learning the ABC's. You do remember those, right?
This is where going to school online fits in. Going back to school online can provide you with the flexibility you need to build your career without sacrificing your social life, job, or money.
Here are 6 reasons why going back to school online can help to enhance your career.
1) There is no stigma against online education
Employers don't view an online education as a negative. According to US News, with the advancement in technology, employers are comfortable with the fact that employees are earning their degree online rather than attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
2) You don't have to quit your current job to do it
Oftentimes, going back to school is a full-time gig. If you really want that degree, you'll have to quit your job, right? Wrong. With online classes, you can plan around your work schedule.
Not only can going to school online allow you to keep your current job, but you also won't have any work gaps on your resume. A work gap on your resume, even because you went back to school, can be viewed negatively by some employers.
Another benefit to not quitting your job is that employers will respect your time-management skills. It can create a positive impression with your current employer, and future employers, if you were able to complete school, while still sticking with your day job.
3) You'll have a great opportunity to network
At first, it seems like you'd have less opportunity to network with your classmates, but with video-chatting and social media, it's easier than ever to connect with classmates and instructors. Online instructors often have to be more innovative to keep students engaged, which can lead to more opportunity to get to know your instructors.
Online schools also often provide you with the opportunity to work with other students in your field. Making those connections, while you're in school, can pay off when you're ready to make your career switch.
4) You can apply what you're learning in class to your current job
You will have the opportunity to learn things that you can apply to your current job every day. Let's say you currently work as a Human Resources Assistant and are going back to school to earn your Master's in Human Resources. The things you learn in class can be immediately applied to your current job. This can help to increase your value to your current employer. That's a win-win, right?
5) Save time and expense vs. a "brick-and-mortar" school
Want to know the best thing about taking classes online? You don't have to spend any extra time in your car to get to class. You already spend enough time commuting to work, right? Why add to that stress with a commute to a brick-and-mortar school? The benefits of saving time for your career are obvious. More time commuting to school and work means less time with your friends and family.
When you attend online classes, you also will not have to pay for room and board, or have to pay the costs of additional wear and tear on your car from all that commuting. Those hidden costs can add up quickly.
6) Many employers offer a benefit to pay for continuing your education
Companies that offer tuition assistance may have a lower turnover rate. They understand the benefits of offering this perk for their employees. According to Money Magazine, the health insurer Cigna studied their tuition assistance plan and found that they saved $1.29 in reduced turnover and recruiting costs for every $1 they spent on tuition reimbursement.
That's an obvious benefit to the company, but how does that benefit you? According to that same article, employees who took advantage of that tuition program were 10% more likely to be promoted and made an average of 43% more, over three years. You can't argue with those results.
Still not convinced that going to school online is the right move for you? We'll leave you with one final note from the LA Times - a college degree will earn you a million dollars more over the course of your career versus a high school diploma. If you want to make significantly more money over the course of your career, while not sacrificing your job or family, online education is the logical solution.