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7 Reasons Online Learning Leads to Career Advancement

One of the biggest reasons people pursue a degree is to start, change or advance their careers. For those who are already working in their preferred field, or have obligations they can’t step away from, online learning is the best option for career advancement.

Whether you are attending a higher education institution for the first time or you are a returning student who is seeking to complete a Bachelor’s Degree, a variety of options are available to you. If you cannot make it to campus for every class because you are employed full-time or you care for your family throughout the day, there are online education options offered by many universities and colleges. As long as you choose to attend an institution whose accreditation is current, your online Bachelors Degree will be as valuable as a Bachelor’s Degree that is earned by attending courses in person.


First and foremost, earning a degree online offers a high degree of flexibility. Deadlines for assignments, tests and quizzes will be set usually in stone, and you will be expected to meet them accordingly. Learning online allows students to pursue their academic goals without putting the rest of their lives on hold. That means you can continue to work or apply for internships while going to school. The flexibility to build valuable work experience while earning your degree online lets you fully flesh out your resume and impress employers with not only your education, but practical know-how as well.To be successful, you simply must ensure that you practice self-discipline and are committed to your studies.

Save Money

Earning your degree online provides the opportunity to study at home on your schedule, so if you have responsibilities such as caring for dependent children, you will not need to drop them off at daycare. You will also save on other incidental costs like gas, clothes and food because you will not increase your commute time, purchase additional wardrobe items or eat out on your way to or from campus.

Quality of Education

Even though you will earn your degree online, you still receive a quality education. Online courses are taught by the university’s or college’s top faculty. Online courses offer certain conveniences for faculty as well. So many faculty members are happy to teach courses every school year – a win-win situation for all.

Transfer Credits

There are over 37 million Americans with some college but no degree. That’s a very large percentage of the workforce.
One way to increase your marketability in the workplace is to get a bachelor’s degree. Most online schools offer online degree completion programs where previously earned credits can be easily transferred into a new program. Even if you’ve completed your associate, you can apply those hours to a bachelor’s degree.


Generally speaking, degree programs offered online are more customizable than on-campus programs. There are different concentration areas, such as msw programs that can be used to tailor a degree for a specific employment goal. Sometimes the entire program itself is unique and focused. For example, you can find online degree programs offered in specific tracks like food industry management, pulmonary science or hospitality management. Online colleges also may offer post-graduate certifications that can hone your skills in a particular area. You can get a Masters Degree in Cyber Security online and become an expert in a field that is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. A cyber security degree doesn’t only open the doors for IT positions, but it makes you a valuable resource to any business or corporation that uses computers. All businesses, no matter how large or small, are at risk of a security breach, making you eligible for literally thousands of high paying jobs. The opportunities are endless, and it all starts by applying to an online school.


The majority of online learners are working professionals. Your peers, as well as professors, are already working and accomplished in the field in which you’ve chosen to study. Not only can you learn from their experience, but as you interact and connect with your fellow students, you’re building a network of connections in your industry, too.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Many careers require that professionals meet continuing education stipulations for license and certification renewal. Under most conditions, one academic semester hour equates to 15 continuing education units. Enrolling in a college course is the easiest way to meet CEU requirements. And taking that course online provides the added convenience and flexibility distance learning brings to the table.

Online learning is more than a trend. The Internet has revolutionized our world, including the college experience. Even traditional brick-and-motor colleges are leaning toward a blended format, because online learning works for the modern world.


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