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Five Things to Avoid When Pursuing an Online Degree

Apr 15, 2008
Choosing to pursue an online degree program is a big step in anyone's career. The most popular online degree program is the MBA and most students who enter the program are already in the midst of working a full-time job. Still, an MBA has the ability to increase a person's potential for promotions, raises and job security. When searching for an online degree program, there are five important things to avoid in order to make a good decision.

Name Recognition:

It is easy to discard a university offering an online degree program simply because they do not have a recognizable name. There are many accredited, reputable programs that are offered by colleges and schools that have not made name recognition their top priority. The main things when reviewing an online degree program is not whether or not it comes from a recognizable school, rather the finer details of the program itself.

In the same vein, do not settle for an online degree program that may not be a perfect fit because it comes from a highly recognizable university. Every program is different and while that school might have a great reputation for specific areas of study, it might not be the best fit for every area of study!

Keeping Secrets:

A person looking to further their education via an online degree program should not keep it a secret. Not only is it important for friends, family and employers to be able to accommodate potential changes in the student's schedule, they may be able to offer advice and share their own personal stories with online schooling.

More and more people are turning to online degree programs to further their education. By sharing plans with close friends and family, it is more than likely that someone will be able to recommend an online program or have time-tested advice on handling the schedule of work, family and school.

Serious Stuff:

Just because it is an online degree program does not mean that it should be taken any less seriously that applying for a traditional MBA. Research several universities offering online degree programs. Write down questions in advance and work hard to find the answers and keep notes when you read college brochures or talk to admission representatives. This will make choosing the perfect online degree program that much easier in the end.

Money Matters:

Don't assume that an online degree program is going to save money. The fact is, most online degree programs cost as much if not more than their traditional counterparts. But, don't rule out an online degree program just because it is cost prohibitive. Financial aid, credit for life experience, scholarships, and tuition payment plans may make an online degree program more affordable than it first appears to be.

School Fears:

It can be intimidating to return to the school arena. Many students who continue their education via an online degree program have been out of the school atmosphere for quite a while. It does take some time to comfortably work this new requirement into an already busy schedule. However, if a student is motivated, has good time management skills and the support of close family and friends, there is no reason to worry about failure.
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