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Entering the Job Market with your Distance Degree

By StudyPortals

Once you’ve earned a career-oriented degree from an accredited, quality institution, it’s time to enter the job market. Graduates of online programs, however, may feel timid at presenting their online degrees to employers, afraid that they may be laughed out of the interview for taking classes over the Internet. While online learners are faced with some unique challenges, distance learning is becoming more common, and it is possible to find a reputable, fulfilling job with your online degree.

Get the support of your current employer before enrolling

Job_photo.jpgOne of the most legitimate ways to earn a degree online is through your current employer. Online students can take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs and ask their employer to sponsor their professional training and advanced education. If an employer is involved in the distance learning process, he or she will understand the school’s accreditation, degree offerings, online environment and diploma delivery. This method of earning a degree online is also useful if you decide to leave your job and expect a new employer to credit your online training. The new boss will be more likely to accept your degree if your former employer approved.

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Show the value of your degree

If you earned a distance degree on your own, it’s important that you know all the facts about your degree and can answer any questions that your future employer might ask. You should know the accreditation status of your school and be able to explain how and why your particular degree is legitimate. Offer to show the hiring manager any accreditation certificates or websites for proof of its credibility. If you enrolled in a program that is sponsored by a traditional campus, be sure to reveal this information, as it may convince skeptical hiring managers about the quality of your degree. Many degrees earned from distance programs that are also available at traditional brick and mortar campuses will look exactly the same as the traditional degree earned by on campus students.

Another way to maximize your online degree is to describe how completing an entire program through an independent study format is a testament to your ambition, self-discipline, organization, and ability to set and achieve goals. Earning a degree online by yourself takes more motivation than showing up to classes when you already live on campus. Your self-initiative will be a strong selling point to an employer looking for responsible, dedicated job candidates.

Emphasize the relevance of your degree for the practice

Degree programs designed for adult learners are offered to prepare students for real jobs in the current workforce. Students learn career-specific skills that can be applied to the real world as soon as they graduate. Make sure your employer understands the skills and tasks you are capable of, based on your online training. Some online degrees require students to complete internships or residencies, and if you have on-the-job work experience, include it on your resume and in your interview. Proving that you can work alone with technology, as well as contribute to a traditional work environment, should make you a valuable asset to the office.

Universities in the spotlight

Herzing University

Milwaukee, United States

Career-focused, convenient, and caring — these ideas define an education from Herzing University. We offer personalization and support to help you earn your degree and advance your career

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American Public University

Charles Town, United States

American Public University (APU) is a distinguished and leading provider of affordable, quality online education to motivated students worldwide offering more than 180 career-relevant programs and outstanding student support services.

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Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI)

Moscow, Russia

Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) founded in 1932 is nowadays one of the top Russian universities that combines wide experience and strong scientific traditions with innovative process of training professionals in economics, management, statistics, information technology, law and humanities. Appealing to the Russian and Moscow annual ratings, MESI is traditionally among the best educational institutions.

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University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba, Australia

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs in Australia. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, our delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way. In less than fifty years we have become a prominent multi-campus teaching and research institution providing education worldwide. Woven into the fabric of USQ is the vision and determination of many University and community members who, over the years, have been instrumental in implementing expansion and growth, shaping what we see today.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, United States

Ferris State University is nationally known for excellence in combining career-oriented and general education in more than 170 degree-programs through nine academic colleges. This mid-sized university offers degrees unique within Michigan in such areas as health-care, business and technology. The University's 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio assures personal attention in the classroom and laboratory. Students have regular contact with faculty members, not teaching assistants, highlights the priority Ferris places on personalized learning. Founded in 1884 by educator and U.S. Senator Woodbridge N. Ferris, the University's mission is to be a national leader in career-oriented technological and professional education.

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