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Making the Decision: Should You Get an Online Bachelor Degree?

Aug 17, 2007
Just as with any education decision, an online bachelor degree should not be something that you take lightly. In this day of fierce competition and an even fiercer pace, learning is one of the reliable methods to furthering yourself and your career. But are online bachelor degrees something that will get you to where you want to go?

The idea of an online bachelor degree can seem too easy. Because there's no real classroom and no teacher than you can see necessarily, it sometimes seems like a completely virtual landscape that might not carry the same weight as a traditional university setting. While that might have been the case in earlier years of correspondence classes and courses, the Internet has proven to be the right setting for learning about the global marketplace. You can reach out to distant schools and learning resources without ever leaving your home or stepping on campus. And because the Internet has become so widely used, the idea of being schooled through its technology is also becoming more accepted.

The first thing that's on your mind is whether or not your next employer is going to look at your online bachelor degree and feel that it is legitimate. After all, you don't want to spend a lot of your time or your money on something that might be deemed worthless in the place where it matters the most. According to recent studies, businesses hiring professionals are now considering an online degree to be just as acceptable as a university degree. However, it does depend where you get your online degree. For example, choosing a widely known school is the better option than the cheapest Internet educational institution that no one has ever heard of. A good rule to follow is that well known schools are equated with turning out well respected degrees.

There are a vast number of online bachelor degree programs to choose from as well. For example, you might want to take a business degree program or private sector accounting. Others like the option of taking the in demand health services programs. No matter what you might be interested in, there may very well be an online school for you, so thinking that you can't find what you're looking for from an online bachelor degree isn't really a good excuse.

And of course, there's the question of whether or not the college environment is something that might be necessary for your career in the future. Maybe there really is something to being on campus and interacting with fellow students. With an online bachelor degree, you might actually find it easier to study and focus on your studies because of the lack of social interaction and peer pressure. However, if you feel that you need that sort of stimulation, perhaps an online degree is not a good fit.

Just as with any serious schooling, you will also want to ask yourself about whether you can handle the pressure and the work that goes along with an online bachelor degree. Because the courses are more intense due to the limited interaction with a teacher and a student, you might have trouble motivating yourself to do the coursework on your own. An online bachelor degree program is very much self guided, and that can teach you very quickly about the importance of time management.

The choice to get an online bachelor degree is one that only you can make. However, if you're looking for a campus that's always open and that can give you the individualized attention that you crave, going to an online school can be a great way to get a degree.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online Bachelor Degree programs. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/index.cfm to select the online program that is right for you.
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