So, Can I Get a Job With This Degree?
One of the ongoing debates is, do employers perceive that those with an online degree are just as capable, or are they reluctant to hire someone with an online degree? Let's explore both sides of the debate so you can make an informed decision about how marketable you will be if you earn such a degree and whether or not you should enjoy the benefits of getting an online education.
This prospective employer would look at the applicant's ability to discipline him or herself to obtain an online degree. He or she may even consider this to be an asset to achieving company goals, because the online student shows self-determination and that he or she is able to complete assignments.
The fact that an online learner is most times already employed shows determination and discipline, qualities many employers are looking for. Also, this employer is aware that online degrees from accepted regionally accredited colleges are equal to their counterparts from traditional schools. This employer recognizes the rigor it takes to complete an online degree program. This employer would appreciate the skill it takes to work in a computer based society. This employer would also embrace employee reimbursement for college credit.
This employer distrusts a degree earned online. Degree mills have clouded this potential employers perspective, and rightfully so. If this employer is unaware of legitimate online degree programs, then he or she may find your education to be somewhat shady. The employers who know the least about an online education will likely be the most skeptical, and perception can be difficult to change. The concern may also be that the potential employee has limited human interaction, an essential part of the work environment. They feel the candidate will have limited communication and problem solving skills as a result of earning a degree online.
One thing to consider is, the employer will look not only at a degree and where it was obtained from, but will consider past employment history and credibility based upon a formal interview. As with any degree, one will establish his or her credentials and references over time.