I am sure you have heard it before, but I’ll say it again, the best investment you can make is in yourself. Sounds a little corny, but I can say from personal experience that my BBA and MBA degrees have provided me with the necessary tools to succeed in the workplace. That’s not to say school isn’t expensive, there’s a reason that national student loan debt is eclipsing credit card debt. But even if you have all the money in the world, it is one of the most time consuming activities I have ever endured, outside of work that is.
Online degree courses have become increasingly popular over the past decade, especially for the working professional who goes back to school. In fact, I received my MBA through distance learning, and it was from the same school I physically attended for my BBA. Several years ago the major top 20 institutions were worried about the use of online courses, but many have since offered certain courses online if not full degrees.
There are many advantages to pursuing your degree online. Online courses are open to your schedule. Often times you will have essays, and online whiteboards for participation, but the workload is spread out over a period of time. They are location indifferent. There were times I would be traveling out of state, or even out of the country for work, and I could work on assignments from the hotel.
I will say that I’ve found that online degree programs can tend to be more expensive per class hour than a traditional class setting. However, Many people are able to hold jobs while attending school. I worked for a couple different employers while working on my MBA, and each one paid for a portion of my tuition. Since my classes were nearly $800 per credit hour, any financial assistance I could get was a huge help.
Regardless of the school you attend, whether it’s an online degree or you physically attend class, higher education is truly the key to success!