Receiving a college degree is one of the easiest (and most essential) ways to expand your career options. Having a college degree isn’t a new concept by any means and getting a degree doesn’t always have the same impact it once did, not to mention the cost of going to college is no small sum. There is, however, a new shift in accessibility of education that is impacting the way formal education is disseminated.

With online education, not only can students work on their own time, but they can also do it in an affordable way. Additionally, online colleges offer a number of programs including healthcare, business, teaching, and IT. Here are some things you should consider if you’re thinking about pursuing a college degree online.

Reasons to Get an Online Degree

Flexible Schedule

Pursuing an online degree’s most valuable benefit is that of a flexible schedule. For those who are already working full time, have a non-traditional working schedule, have a family, or anything else hindering their schedule, finding time to get a degree can be difficult. Luckily, online degrees don’t require in-class time and are often work-based, meaning you can work as quickly or slowly as you need. 

Lower Cost

For those looking for a way to pay for their education, the cost is going to a large factor in deciding whether or not to attend. In some cases, the cost of tuition for an on-campus education can be nearly double that of an online degree! You should always do your research to find which options fits your budget best.

Looking for a Career Adjustment

Whether you decide to take the route of an online degree or not, there may be no getting around a formal education. Certain careers absolutely require the obtainment of a degree and may even require further education after that. It’s important to plan ahead to determine if a college degree is feasible based on your timeline and budget. 

Reasons Not to Get an Online Degree

A Career that Doesn’t Require a Degree

If you’re currently working in a full-time position, you may not need a degree. There are plenty of well-paying jobs available that can be done without any formal education. With that being said, you should consider all possibilities for advancement and determine whether an education can help you move vertically through your company or industry.

Pursuing a Trade School Degree

Although it’s still a degree, a trade school degree is going to be a far different experience than a traditional 4-year college or online college. With a focus on hands-on learning in specialized fields, a trade will reward those looking for an interactive experience. Depending on your interests, you may find that you want to pursue a career in construction, health, manufacturing, and service, in which case, this could be the right education path for you.

Money Management

For most people, one of the largest restrictions on pursuing a college degree is monetary restrictions. While there are a number of scholarships, grants, and financial aid made available to students, it’s not always the case that these guarantee total coverage and even a fraction of remaining costs can be too much for some people.

Do Your Research

The most important thing you can do when deciding if a degree is right for you is to do your research. Are you looking for something in-state, out-of-state, a traditional 4-year degree, trade, online, etc. Deciding what’s right for you will be directly reflected in the success of your collegiate career. If a traditional 4-year degree is out of the question, you might consider looking into an online degree, which as previously mentioned, can end up being more flexible and approximately half the cost. 



Published by Derek Lotts