Is an Online College Degree Right for Me?
There are a few factors you have to consider first. Online college degree programs usually work best if you are seeking knowledge or skills within a specific area. It is best to have a sharp focus, as we saw in areas of business.
Factors to consider
- In distance education, most of the material is text based. If you generally like to have things explained to you in detail, this may be a disadvantage.
- Even though you will take part in online discussion groups, most of the work is done individually. If you thrive on working in a group setting this may prove difficult.
- You make your own schedule. This can be your best friend or worst enemy. If you have problems staying organized or if you leave everything to the last minute, this may get you in trouble. It will be up to you to stay on top of your work. Be honest with yourself and be sure that you can handle the responsibility.
Be honest with yourself, and be aware of the commitment that you are making. Being an online student will challenge you to stay on top of your work. Be sure to keep in regular contact with your teachers and fellow students.
This is not meant to scare you! An online college degree is still one of the most flexible, convenient and challenging ways for you to add value to your resume. Just remember before your “first day of school” that you must make a meaningful commitment to your studies.