Must be very frustrating looking for employment options but keeps getting slapped in the face with ‘Degree Required’? Let’s face it. College graduates are employed at much higher rates than non-degree holders. In fact, actual statistics show:
The overall unemployment rates are hovering around 10 percent (last reported by US Bureau of Labor Statistics at 9.8% on November 2010). From these figures, only 4.5 percent of college graduates are unemployed.
With that, you don’t need to be an economist to conclude that completing some form of higher education is the best insurance against unemployment.
Online courses have been around for nearly two decades, but enrollment has soared dramatically only in the recent years as universities become way too expensive. More than 5.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2009 term, that’s close to 1 million increase versus the reported figures in 2008.
Virtual learning indeed began taking the internet and campuses by storm in the past few years. You now have a choice between the traditional mode of learning and learning within the comforts of your home. Like many things in life, taking college courses online can have both advantages and disadvantages.
Learning Can be Done Anywhere
Online degree programs allow you to learn from home or practically in any place that has internet access. Talk of convenience and the tons of time saved. You can practically watch and listen to lectures, do homework, write papers, communicate with your instructors and classmates and even take your exams without all the traditional rituals.
Cut Huge Costs
With the ability to study from home, you can take out your carpool budget or bus fare expenses from your list. With prices of almost anything now soaring beyond control, learning materials that can be downloaded for free or at a very low cost is definitely a better option if your want to hold on to your cash. Comparatively, fees for online degree programs are also lower compared to campus degree courses.
Earn More than One Degree at the Same Time
If you are good in managing your time, you can even earn more than one degree. This puts you on a better position as far as career advancement or job promotion goes.
Be in Touch with Technology
Being able to understand the functions and advantages of technology tools might be the leading edge you could need to advance your position, or get a job in the first place. Virtual education can reach students who are not that too acquainted with these types of technology, allowing you to possibly add a new skill set to the resume you are building. Read the rest of this entry »