Those recently graduated with degrees that they earned through online college classes might think they're at a disadvantage in this highly competitive job market. If they do, then they are wrong. First off, there is no reason to even put on your resume that you took online courses instead of traditional ones, so there's no reason potential employers should even be aware of that fact. Secondly, there are a few aspects to an education attained online that are actually extremely positive.
You just need to know how to talk about your online education experience in the event that an interviewer ever asks you to discuss at length your academic background. The following are a series of valid points to make about online education if you're ever asked to talk about it during a job interview:
The Experience Made You a More Independent Individual
Online education is no easy task for those who can't successfully motivate themselves. You're typically emailed by an instructor once a week and expected to do your assignments and complete the readings on your own time. It is easy to forget about your academic responsibilities when you interact very little with classmates and a professor.
Therefore, those who complete degree programs through online courses must have either already had that independence within themselves or developed it in order to succeed. Either way, bringing this fact up to an interviewer is a great way to make your online education experience stand out.
The Experience Made You a More Tech-Savvy Individual
In order to earn an online degree, you have to know your way around a computer and around the World Wide Web. You've probably developed a mastery of the Google search when learning new programs and adapting to the latest software. This looks great during the interview process. Combined with your aforementioned independence, learning about new technologies makes you incredibly marketable. It lets potential employers know that they can trust you to work by yourself and do the job right.
The Experience Made You a More Forward-Thinking Individual
Online learning is the way of the future. There's no doubt about that. The economic benefits combined with increasing global inter-connectivity and improved mobile devices will soon become serious competition against the traditional campus-style method of attaining a college-level education. By taking online courses, you've now been able to see a glimpse into the future of academia. You've experienced innovation up close and personal.
Speaking about how revolutionary online education can be demonstrates that you have a healthy imagination, something employers really like to see. It shows them that you can think about things critically and analytically, and that you can feel passionate about something. That goes a very long way during the interview process.
But more importantly, perhaps, your word might change your interviewer's opinion about the quality of online education. Not only will you yourself demonstrate how successful it can be, your positive impression of the experience can create confidence within the interviewer.
The Experience Made You Right for the Job
All it takes is a little confidence in your own education. Any four-year degree is something to be incredibly proud of. Pursuing your education online gave you the chance to demonstrate attributes most college-level students don't get to show-off until after they get their first job, assuming they had them in the first place. Take advantage of it. Don't fail to see the benefits of your own learning experience, and don't fail to make employers see them too.