An employer wants to know why he should hire you as an online college graduate, as opposed to a "traditional university" graduate. What do you say?
No matter how you look at it, an online education poses unique challenges, especially when explaining your credientials to a potential employer. Read these tips for advice on how to "sell" your online degree.
So what is in your corner when asked by a potential employer how effective earning your degree online has been? There are several advantages to learning college-level courses by yourself on a computer. Here are a few:
The first thing you should point out is your self discipline. As an online college student, you don't have a professor looking over your shoulder or fellow classmate to borrow notes from. You learn everything alone, on your own busy schedule, and have the sole responsibility of taking and passing tests with little to no assistance. Many employers are looking for people who can work independently, and an online degree is a perfect example of that.
The second thing you should point out are your proficient time management skills. With a set schedule on campus, students know exactly when and where they need to be every week. Since most online degrees allow flexibility, you must learn to manage your time much more effectively. If you fail to complete a class, you'll miss out on that week's assignment and very easily fall behind. With good time management, you should be able to finish up your classes in a timely manner, while still juggling your other activities.
Because the primary mode of delivering assignments, participating in coursework and discussions, and even your tests are done fully online, make sure to share your proficiency in writing/typing/technology.
Lastly, highlight your alma mater's accreditation. Hopefully, you graduated from an online college that upholds high standards of academic excellence and holds some sort of accreditation. Underscore that because you graduated from an accreditted school, the only thing different about your college experience was its mode of delivery. Many online colleges actually do have the same or similar accreditations as traditional universities.
Before you head to a big interview, consider the positive aspects of completing an online degree, and bring those to the table. Be prepared to show your prospective employer that you're capable of learning efficiently, and that you have achieved just as much as your traditional college graduate counterparts.