Going back to school can be nerve-wracking, and finding a program that fits your life can seem overwhelming. When you’re making a big commitment in time and money, you want to know that the investment will pay off and be the right choice for you. Online education may be the perfect answer for fitting a college or graduate degree into your busy life.
Online Education on the Rise
The landscape of education is constantly changing, and while distance education isn’t all that new, online education is relatively recent. As more schools adopt online programs and as digital natives come of age, online courses are becoming more widely accepted. The previous stigma that was attached to online courses doesn’t really exist anymore because, for one, college transcripts don’t differentiate between online and traditional course work, and two, more than one out of every four higher education students is taking some or all classes online.
Online education could be the perfect solution to finding time to get your degree and move your career forward without dropping the ball on the many other obligations in your life. A flexible online degree, such as those offered by Grantham University, allows you to continue working, caring for your kids or others in your life, and keep up with your busy schedule while taking classes at times that work for you.
The flexibility of an online education is the most obvious benefit, but there are a lot of great reasons to consider taking this route for your college or graduate school education. We live in a digital world now, so employers expect you to show up on day one with the capability of navigating at least the most basic of technology tasks. An online degree can help you become more comfortable with the technology used in the workplace through the tools you use to complete coursework.
Not only do you need to have a solid grasp on today’s technology to be successful in most jobs, but you will also likely need to be comfortable using technology to land the job in the first place. A recent Pew Research Center study noted that computers and the internet have become an essential part of the job search process. The research also noted that “even as the internet has taken on a central role in how people find and apply for work, a minority of Americans would find it difficult to engage in many digital job seeking behaviors.”
The Inside Scoop on Online Learning
You don’t want to be left behind in the job search because of an inadequate skill set, but there’s a lot to consider when deciding to go back to school. Grantham University has been in the business of distance education for 65 years, so they have the experience and expertise to help you make the right choice for your life.
Whether you’re just starting to think about ways to advance your career or you’re already looking at specific programs that meet your needs, Grantham’s faculty and staff want to be a resource for your search. Start by getting your free download of The Adult Learner’s Guide to Online Education. The guide explores the differences between traditional ground campuses and online programs, dispels common myths about online education, explains how online education works, and provides readers tips for how to make the best decision about what type of program to pursue.
And if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to be your partner in learning.
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