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Upping Career Quality with an Online Associate Degree

Aug 18, 2007
For the person whose career is stuck in a rut an online associate degree can give the ultimate boost. A number of companies offering basic entry-level positions require or will accept an associate degree as a valid qualification for employment. With an associate degree under one's belt, an individual can move up to a bachelor's degree at any time.

While an associate degree is often earned on the way to a bachelor's degree, this is not always the case. Unlike the four-year course of study required for a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree will require only two. Some start out with an associate degree and choose to move on to a higher degree later.

Countries all over the world have begun offering this type of qualification, often calling it a foundational degree. The foundational degree is something on which to build one's higher education. The most popular fields for associate degrees often have to do with business and technology.

The most common reason these degrees take two years to complete is that many students can only attend classes on a part time basis. For many, time plays a major factor in the decision of whether or not to attend school. Too many are already balancing a home life with their current career.

An online associate degree has many advantages, especially for the working adult. Online studies are not only flexible but also cost effective. As many curriculums are set up as a syllabus of coursework, students can earn their degree at their very own pace.

One of the most attractive traits of online learning is the fact that finding time to learn from a classroom that is open 24 hours a day is easier than trying to adhere to a strict schedule. Students pay only for the classes they take, the materials they use and none of the campus extras that often go with a conventional onsite school. Best of all, there's no getting lost on the way to class.

For those who are already in a career and just want to move up, the most important thing is learning the practical skills that will allow this. An online associate degree offers just that. Often, students are able to take the skills they learn in their curriculum and immediately apply them to their current position.

When returning to school is a must, starting out with an associate degree can be a cheaper option than a bachelor's degree. Luckily, with many accredited online programs financial assistance is available to those who qualify. This too, can help ease the financial burden of earning an associates degree.

Not only do a large majority of companies accept online learning degrees, those that offer their employees tuition assistance often promote the use of online learning as well. The number of benefits that go with an online program, such as lower costs and uninterrupted work schedules, are greater than that of onsite campuses. It is no wonder online learning has gained the acceptance it has.

Students can get an associate degree in almost any field of study, from accounting to information systems. By working with an enrollment counselor, prospective students can map out just what direction they want to go and what degree they will need to get there. Online learning will make the journey not only shorter but also more precise.

No matter what the field, the majority of companies are requiring some type of formal education for new and even current employees. An online associate degree can be the first step towards greater career freedom, higher earning power and all over career satisfaction.
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online Associate Degree programs. Visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/site/associate.cfm to select the online program that is right for you.
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