Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Flexibility

I don’t depend on the visiting hours of my tutors any longer. Convenient online tools provide direct feedback on my progress

Joanna
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Save Money

What strikes me the most: Distance education programmes are often cheaper than their traditional counter parts

Sabine
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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

Jake
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Entering the Job Market with your Distance Degree

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

One 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.

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.

Emphasise 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

The Open University UK

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

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The University of Law

Guildford, United Kingdom

The College of Law is the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training – we’ve been leading developments in the field since we were established in the 1960s.

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Wismar University - WINGS

Wismar, Germany

Das 2004 gegründete Tochterunternehmen der Hochschule Wismar, WINGS - Wismar International Graduation Services GmbH, organisiert berufsbegleitende Fernstudiengänge und zertifizierte Weiterbildungen in den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Gestaltung und Technik mit den staatlichen Abschlüssen Master, Diplom und Bachelor.

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Webster University Geneva

Genève, Switzerland

Established in 1978, our park-like campus is just minutes away from Geneva – an historic center of international cooperation hosting more than 270 international and non-governmental organizations, as well as 170 permanent diplomatic representations. The city offers a large variety of resources and opportunities, while Webster’s international campus community – 679 students from 93 countries in 2010 – will further expand your horizons both professionally and personally.

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the university where innovation starts and is proud to be the best technical university in the Netherlands for the 10th year in a row!

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