One of the more interesting innovations that the internet had brought with it, online college degrees is one of the most interesting. It has many perks, but is it right for everyone? If you’re thinking about whether to take an online course as opposed to attending physical lectures at physical universities, then read this first as I detail some of the benefits to online study instead of the traditional alternative.
Whilst online degrees are still very expensive, when you compare them to traditional degrees, they can be a lot cheaper. Not only are the actual costs usually less, but you don’t have to worry about accommodation and travel costs that add up. Due to the nature of them being online, a lot of the resources are available online as well, meaning you can save a small fortune on textbook costs.
You know those days when you’re really hangover or ill and you can’t be bothered to get out of bed so you just get your family to bring you food and drink on a constant loop? If you were a student you wouldn’t be able to do that as you’d actually have to get up and go to college, that is, unless you take an online course which means you can do the whole degree or program whilst in your pajamas.
Because you’re not tied to the constraints of the college schedule, you are able to learn at your own pace, which means you have much more flexibility. It also means you can continue with a job whilst you work, but also plan your studying around your day and not the other way around.
No Personality Conflicts
If you’re a shy person or someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy having to be around other people, then online course means you get to learn your subject, but never have to be forced into situations you might find awkward and with people you dislike. It also means you never have to get into the situation where you can’t stand the thought of going to a lecture because you hate the lecturer.
I mentioned being able to work whilst you study, but I would just like to talk about career progression. Your place of employment might require you to take a master’s degree to help further your career, and with online courses this is now really easy, meaning you can get the qualification whilst also earning your living and without having to take a break from your career. The same is true for people who just want to improve themselves and maybe become more attractive for future promotions, like doctors taking Master’s in Public Health online. Flexibility is the key pull of the online course, in my opinion.
As you can see, online courses have many different benefits which make them an extremely viable option for anyone looking to earn a degree (or similar qualification). They might not be for everyone, but that’s more of an individual’s preference after weighing up the different pros and cons of this form of study in relation to more traditional methods.