How Do Employers Feel About Online Degrees?

By CSU Global - March 6th, 2018

There’s no doubt that earning a college degree is an important step in advancing your career and earning a better income for yourself and your family. Though, for many people, work and family schedules make it difficult to attend classes on a traditional campus. Taking online courses provides individuals with much-needed flexibility and allows students to learn from anywhere.

However, what do modern employers actually think about online degrees? The good news is that there’s never been a better time to earn an online degree and gain the respect of your future employer.

Employers Respect Degrees from Regionally Accredited Universities

Currently, employers appear to view traditional and online degrees in a similar light. This is especially true when the potential employee has earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution. This shouldn’t be very surprising, considering that many employers only recognize degrees – even traditional degrees – that job candidates have earned at accredited universities. Doing your research and taking the time to make sure that the online school you choose to attend is regionally accredited will ensure that you move toward achieving your career goals as you complete your studies.

While researching, however, it’s important to differentiate between a nationally accredited and regionally accredited school. A regionally accredited school is highly regarded by employers around the globe because it means that the school has gone through a comprehensive, peer-reviewed process for ensuring a consistent standard and that as much as one-third of the degree program’s curriculum involves general education courses. Fewer online degree programs are regionally accredited, so this is a significant benefit in the eyes of a potential employer.

Employers Love Well-Rounded Individuals

One thing that an employer can and will infer from your pursuit of an online degree is that you have a busy life and that you juggle many different tasks. The fact that you were able to raise a family and work a full-time job while completing a degree program is very impressive, and it won’t go unnoticed. Many employers will be impressed with your dedication to education, not to mention your time-management skills. This means that they may view your online degree as a big plus when considering your application for employment.

Employers Understand That Times Have Changed

The world has evolved in countless ways, thanks to emerging technologies and the proliferation of those technologies. Millions of people have changed how they shop, how they travel, and – yes – how they receive an education. Employers understand all of this, so they are much more willing to accept an online degree right alongside a traditional one these days. Online education has improved tremendously in recent years, which means that hiring managers are much more confident in selecting these individuals.

When it comes to completing your higher education, it’s important to realize that it’s not how you earn your degree (whether traditionally or online) that matters – it’s really about where you earn your degree. Certainly, there are many excellent online universities available to you, but it’s very important to choose one that is recognized and respected, in addition to being regionally accredited. Your school must also offer a variety of bachelor programs that will pique your interest and allow you to pursue your dreams on a flexible schedule. We’re ready to help you build a better, brighter future.

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