By Colorado State University-Global Campus blog writer, Elizabeth Rittiman
In the past, employers didn't know what to think about online degrees, but that has quickly changed, and with good reason. It’s 2015! Technology rules our world. There’s not much these days we do that doesn’t revolve around technology. So why should higher education be any exception?
What Employers Really Think About Online Degree Programs
Employers recognize that for many people, online degree programs give them the flexibility to continue working and prioritizing their family while still earning their degree. Plus, online degree programs are often just as rigorous as the courses taught on a traditional ground campus as long as you know what to look for in a university.
Getting a Job with Your Online Degree: Important Factors to Consider
When deciding to earn your degree online there are a few things you want to take into consideration.
- Diploma Mills: If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Get Educated, an online consumer guide for online colleges, has a free screening service called Diploma Mill Police ™ that can check if the college you are considering is a scam.
- Accreditation and Reputation: Reputation matters, especially with an online degree program. That’s why it’s important to choose an online school that is accredited, particularly with regional accreditation which is considered to be the “highest” accreditation.
- Courses Developed Specifically For Online: Make sure the college you are considering earning your online degree from is not just a “watch this video of a lecture” campus. Programs and courses built specifically for the online environment will ensure you stay engaged and will get the most out of what you are learning.
- Employer Affiliations: Universities that partner with organizations in your field of interest are more likely to be aligned with skills you need in your career. It’s also a good way to learn more about the school’s reputation. Check to see if your current employer has an affiliation with any online universities as well and you might be able to get discounted tuition or tuition reimbursement for your organization. For example, at Colorado State University-Global Campus we have over 400 affiliate organizations such as Cigna and Great West Financial. This partnership allows employees of those organizations to receive a 10% discount on their tuition rate.
What Choosing to Earn Your Degree Online Says About You
Earning your degree online says a lot about the type of person you are. Think about it, when you choose to earn your degree online you have to keep yourself motivated. You have to fit your education into your already busy day. So clearly you must be a good time manager! It also shows that you have an amazing work ethic. You’re dedicated and driven. You clearly have tech skills. There are a lot of positive assumptions to make about someone who is a self-starter enough to earn a degree while working full-time, raising a family, or handling everything else in your life.
These traits are important soft skills that every employer wants to see in a job applicant. If your online college choice comes up in the job interview, or if they asking about whether you have these skills, you can use your online degree experience as an example of how you utilize these skills and how the overall experience has strengthened these skills for you. Most employers are going to respect someone who gave up their free time to earn their degree and became better at time management and organization in the process. That’s something to be proud of.
Colorado State University-Global Campus works with StraighterLine to provide alternative credit options for current and prospective students interested in earning their bachelor’s degree online. Visit CSUGlobal.edu to learn more about the nation’s first independent, 100% online state university.
Author Bio: Elizabeth Rittiman is a Copywriter/Public Relations Specialist for Colorado State University-Global Campus. She spent the first seven years of her career working in television news. When she moved to Denver with her husband in 2011 she used the opportunity to switch gears in her career to find a role where she could be more of an advocate for the things she was passionate about, education being one of them. When she’s not working, she enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.