There are many reasons why a person might not finish college, or probably even start it. Sometimes, there might be an unfortunate death in the family and this forces one to work full time to support his siblings, leaving him no time to pursue his college education. Other times, early pregnancy happens and there is just really no more chance to continue studying once the family has started. And many times, one simply can’t afford a college education, so he or she will work instead and after a year or two the job just gets too lucrative to give up.
Thanks to the advent of information technology, there are now available college degrees online which are widely accepted by many employers. Online college degrees are very much similar and equivalent to a college degree achieved by the traditional way. Many universities offer these nowadays, since they recognize the fact that there are many out there who would want to have a college degree but just can’t afford the usual time demands of going into a physical campus and taking the lessons.
Online education is something very flexible and very convenient, too. You do everything online – from choosing your course to enrollment, to taking your lessons and exams, and finally to completing your degree. Because it is online, you also control the time you would like to spend on it, there are no fixed schedules so it is very convenient for working people. It also saves you the time you would normally need to dress up and travel to and from the campus. This does not mean, however, that online education is easier than a traditional one. In fact, it might even be more difficult, in some aspects, since you would already be spent up working during the day and at night or on your rest time, you now have to study and take exams. It takes a different level of commitment to complete online college education, but the rewards will surely surpass the hardships.
There are many courses available nowadays, from secretariat to criminology and everything in between. You want to get a degree of Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Berkeley? Have one online! And I tell you, the professors and instructors of these prestigious universities are the ones designing the curriculum and lesson modules of online degrees so there is really no discrimination. Just make sure that when you choose your university, it is an accredited one.
Now the decision you really have to make is which course to take. This is very crucial because it has to be something you like enough to work on. Many times, working students choose to pursue education that is in line with their current work, to improve their chances for promotion or to get that higher position they have been eyeing for. Say you are working as a bartender or waiting tables in restaurants, then you might want to consider taking up a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. This way, you can easily work your way to the administration side of the company you work for. But at the same time, you should also bear in mind what you have always wanted to be. Perhaps your job is just a temporary post for you while you pursue your career? Either way, there is really no limit to what you can achieve and remember that with online education, your greatest competition will always be yourself.
It takes a higher level of discipline to pursue college education online but do not forget that you dictate your pace. And so if you put in the hours and are as diligent as can be, you can actually finish a course in six months’ time! Of course, I imagine that those six months are hellish!
It is really amazing how the information age has transformed our lives. Online education is just one proof that it has actually improved the way we live.