How an Online Education Can Help You Land a Job

January 3rd, 2014 by

There are many ways in which an online education can help you get a job, or increase your prospects of promotion. A report on the ReadWrite website recently discussed the slowly increasing availability of jobs that recognize online education at degree equivalent as well as an actual four year college degree.

Technology and Science roles are the more common focus of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and suppliers of these courses are working to improve the acceptance of their qualifications in the workplace, with companies such as Google and AT&T being amongst those encouraging students to pursue or further their careers in this way.

Many online course providers are also working with employers to provide work placements for students taking their courses, providing valuable on the job experience to students, as well as getting their classes the college accreditation that gives them the same academic value as a traditional degree.

A study by the Brookings Institution said that roughly half of the jobs in the USA that need technology, science, math or engineering qualifications are available without a traditional four year college degree. Laszlo Block, who is senior vice president of people operations at Google, said during an interview with the New York Times  that the percentage of people without a degree employed at Google was increasing all the time. “After two or three years, your ability to perform at Google is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school,” said Mr. Block, adding “Because the skills you required in college are very different.”

Academics have less faith and respect for the online certification. Sanjay Sarma is director of digital learning at MIT and is of the opinion that a traditional college degree at a good school is still of value. He said in an interview with ReadWrite “When I’m hiring someone for the long-term to lead the company, I want to make sure that their … interdisciplinary skills and critical thinking are very developed,” adding “So there, it matters and would matter to me that they did go to a good school and get a great education.”

Many Universities have been offering online versions of their degree course classes for a number of years, and it is the start up, purely online companies that are bringing the idea of online education into the spotlight as their courses become accredited and therefore hold the same value as a traditional degree course, at least on paper, and come at a much lesser cost in both time and money to their students.

It is only a matter of time before the online college degree holds as much respect and value as a traditional degree, especially as students are able to gain work experience while they get a degree with the flexibility of the schedule.

As  a recruiter responding to a poll by Success Communications Group said “The person who usually gets an online degree or certification is juggling full time work, maybe didn’t have the opportunity to go to full-time college (like me) and typically has more real world experience.”

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About the Author:

Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis is a long-time educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, having taught English, writing, and communication on the secondary and college levels. With ten years of experience in blogging, social media and content management, she is a freelance writer and content marketing specialist for a diverse range of clients.

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