In most cases, the answer is a resounding NO! Most employers are hiring to fill a particular role that needs specific skills. They want to find someone who can do the work, and someone they want to work with! Many employers even seek out students from particular online schools.
According to Forbes, most employers are looking for people who:
- Understand their own path
- Know what they want in their career
- Can point to successes at work or elsewhere
- Know their strengths
- Think independently
- Like to problem-solve
- Have ambition
- Are proactive
- Are happy to learn new things
- Are goal-oriented
- Work well on a team
- Are responsible
This list does not include anything about where your degree comes from. It’s true that having a degree is extremely important. Many employers weed out resumes and potential candidates who do not have a degree. However, as long as your degree is from an accredited and reputable online school, most employers are not going to question it!
The list above suggests that what you learn, and the skills you acquire from your online school are what matter most.
In choosing your online school. Here are a few things to consider.
- What do you want to study? Make sure you find a degree program that covers subjects you are passionate about, and that will result in a degree that will qualify you to work in your chosen industry.
- Make sure your online school is a real school! Some online schools are not accredited by appropriate accrediting bodies and may not actually result in the valuable degree you are looking for.
- Make sure your online school offers the flexibility and structure that you need. Online schools will still challenge you (this is a good thing) but make sure the requirements work with your schedule and that you can take your classes and do your work in a way that meets your needs.
- Support is another important feature that is lacking from many online schools. Make sure you will be able to get the help you need. Scrutinize the schools you are considering and make sure you will have all the resources you need to meet your goals.
- Consider financial aid and how you will pay for your online education. Talk with your school advisors to find out what options are available for you.
- Think long term. Make sure your degree is going to provide you with a long term return on the investment. Make sure your chosen career path is really what you want to do!
Getting a degree from an online university can be a great way to improve your life. Once you choose the right degree and online school for you, it’s time to go to work! When it comes to your education, you will largely get out what you put in, so give yourself the best chance of success by working hard and focusing on learning life skills that will benefit you in the future, not just checking boxes and meeting the minimum requirements to graduate. Good luck!