Students who attend online colleges are always skeptical about their degrees been taken seriously by employers. However, if you want your online degree to be taken seriously, you must also prove that you are serious by providing answers to the following questions.
Is your online degree serious? The first step to ensuring that your degree is taken seriously is by ensuring that your online college is serious. This implies that you must only attend online colleges that have been appropriately accredited by the relevant bodies.
When looking for an online college, search for one with the stamp of approval from one of the following accrediting agencies.
•The Higher Learning Commission
•New England Association of Schools and Colleges
•Middle States Commission on Higher Education
•Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
•Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
•Western Association of Schools and Colleges
What can you tell employers about your education experience: Apart from accreditation, there are other indicators which show that your degree is a serious one. Some of these indicators include:
•The length of your program: Note that if your degree program is too short, it may arouse suspicion.
•The availability of actual academic support
•Course work carried out during your program.
What kind of job are you looking for? The type of job which you are in search of will also determine if you will be employed with an online degree certificate. For instance, you cannot become a doctor or a captain of an offshore oil rig simply by attending a web tutorial. If you want to have your online degree transcend into a job in the future, you must choose one that is equal to the traditional degree program.
What level of degree have you earned? You can earn an associate, bachelors, or master degree online. However, you need to know the right degree for the type of job you need. For instance, a two-year associate degree may limit you to an entry-level or assistive position.
Whatever your career aspiration is, the important thing is to get a strong sense of industry norms as they relate with your degree. If a bachelor’s degree is the basic requirement for the job you seek, then you must look for an accredited college that offers a four-year program.
What else are you bringing to the table? Completing an undergraduate degree is just one aspect of what employers are looking for. Your resume, skill, personal connections are all factors shaping your employability. An employer is likely to take your degree serious if you present yourself as a candidate worthy of being taken seriously.
Seek assistance in crafting an attention resume that stands out, prepare for the interview, and find ways to highlight your skill and academic qualifications.
Finally, it isn’t enough to attend online college; to ensure that your online degree program transcends to future earnings, you must take it seriously.
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