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The Pros And Cons Of Getting An Online Education

Aug 17, 2007
Without a post secondary degree nowadays, you stand no chance at getting a job. This is because a university degree is the new high school degree - since everyone has one, it has become the new bare minimum employers look for. It won't be easy for many students to even get accepted to a post secondary institution due to limited space in classrooms, let alone trying to pay for the steadily rising costs associated with such an endeavour.

1. An Online Education

This is where online education comes in. Online college education doesn't have class size restrictions, and it's significantly cheaper than attending a traditional university. If you need to work and study at the same time without conflicts between the two, online university courses can help there too.

2. It's The Real Deal

First of all, it should be made clear that an online degree isn't the equivalent of the traditional degree, it is the traditional degree. You get the same piece of paper, say, a MBA, after completing either program. This is because you take the exact same courses in order to complete the program, only they are offered in a different medium.

3. The Pros Also, Cons Of An Online Education

Pros

- No waiting lists for popular programs
- You can set your own schedule for studying, therefore this works online education is great for people who want to work a full time job and take their classes online by night
- Great for parents, because it allows them to still spend quality time with their children and then work on school work when the children are asleep or a school.
- Great for those that have busy schedules, because of the internet you can connect to your education anywhere, anytime
- Chat with other students in the same classes as you can be fun to do online because people don't see you and will treat you based on your work and what you say as opposed to how you look

Cons

- Many find it difficult to finish the degree in a reasonable time period because often online education is some sort of correspondence program with very loose and flexible deadlines
- Lack of interaction with teachers leads some prefer more traditional education where they can interact in person with a teacher
- Some employers may not put as much weight in a certificate or degree from an online institution
- Some online programs (especially degree programs) are more expensive than their equivalent offline programs
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