Whenever I’m at a social event and start talking about higher education, I always see people’s faces light up. For one reason or another, people love to talk about their education and what they have done with it throughout their life. Education is something that runs deep with people; in fact, it almost becomes part of their identity.
I know a lot about online colleges. Not only am I an online college graduate, but I have also spent much of career writing about them. Unfortunately, one thing that never fails to surprise me is the look of dismay that appears on people’s faces whenever I start talking about online colleges. It’s almost as if all the blood has rushed from their face and they’ve lost complete interest in what I’m saying. I find this to be most troubling, given the fact that I’ve always known online colleges to be a viable, worthwhile alternative to any brick-and-mortar university. In all of my discussions with people, I’ve discovered there are three highly common misconceptions about online colleges.
You can’t get a job if you go to an online college
This is probably the most ridiculous misconception about online colleges. I think the main reason people are afraid they won’t get a job with an online college degree is simply because they don’t know enough about online colleges and their job placements, given that online colleges have only been around for a few years. In fact, people with online degrees are obtaining many of the jobs in the current job market, since most online college degrees focus on core career skills, as opposed to a smorgasbord of nonsensical classes. As is the case with any college degree, however, it isn’t the degree that matters so much as what you do with it.
Everything you learn is through the computer
When I explain to people that online colleges aren’t solely based on the Internet, they usually look confused. Sure, the name “online college” might be misleading in some way, but, yes, it’s true that you’ll often find yourself working off the computer during your courses. Many of my online college classes had me attending educational seminars, community discussions, group study sessions, and several informal classes as part of their curriculum. I found that all of these events helped contribute to a more well-rounded experience to my online education, and better yet, I wasn’t stuck staring at a computer screen all day.
You can only get an associate’s degree at an online college
Believe it or not, there are a number of different degrees you can obtain at an online college, and they come in all shapes and sizes: associate degrees, technical degrees, business degrees, nursing degrees, doctorate degrees, master’s degrees, etc. Keep in mind, not everybody has the funds necessary to go to traditional universities whenever they want to get a new degree. In fact, I got my bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, but then chose to get my business degree online. As long as the program suits your personal lifestyle and financial budget, that’s all that matters.
It’s easy to jump to conclusions about online colleges when you don’t know all the facts. Lucky for you, these are three factual bits of information you can take to heart!
Mary Crum is a freelance blogger who writes about education topics, college trends, student lives, and online colleges in Alabama. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.
Yes, as I’ve written sometimes back at the time applying for the Tata Jagriti Yatra -2011 that I am quite sure that would be visiting the same this time.
I got selected for the same this time around also and it really feels good to be on the list. But unlike planed I have decided to drop out from the same. I know it was a hard decision for me, I had been dreaming and planning since last year. As I said at the time of applying that I was selected for the TJY -2010 also but couldn’t visit due to some medical reason with family. This time around I was determined to be on the train and enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship but reasons those made me to pull my name out of the TJY -2011 are …
I kept thinking since the time I applied this time that whether it would be useful for me? Will it make any difference knowing that I am already involved in many social organisations working with tribal, downtrodden people here in India. Knowing that I love writing very mush and I would love to be a writer one day, knowing that I’ve to work on the business plan that I have, knowing that I’ve to work for the disadvantaged people. I mean I kind of know what I want from my life and what I should be doing, then would it be much useful for me to visit TJY-2011. I know it feels really great to see and meet influential people but would it bring me a step closer to my goals?
I’ve been living in the mining area since last almost 4years and I’ve witnessed the lives of people who don’t have anything to wear, eat … and TJY is doing the same, i.e. they will take us to disadvantaged societies and make us work closer to them what I have been doing since last 4years. Would it add anything to me? Am I sounding some kind of selfish?
There were few other reasons also those made me to pull myself from the TJY this year also, such as money i.e. coast of visiting TJY and professional goals.
After thinking over whether it would add anything to my personality and considering other minor reasons I decided that it would be great if someone else visit on my place and he/she would be able to utilize this opportunity more usefully. I know, I’d be at some disadvantage for not visiting and would be losing the contact with hundred like me but I will try to cover that online via visiting and walking online through the TJY.
For future applicants, I would suggest don’t try to be someone, else just try to be yourself and you will be in. One thing more I would be available for reviewing any application for the TJY in the future years also, as I think I know what TJY guys are looking in you. So, one can email me (see my email id in “About Me” section) and I hope would be able to suggest you something good.
P.S.: TJY is now JY only! Visit at http://www.jagritiyatra.com/
Few days ago, I was contacted by Sarah Pritzker (writer and blog editor of accepted.com) for the a small interview about my experiences till now on my MBA and GMAT journey. Here is the link in case you are interested in reading my experiences and interview http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/2011/9/2/mba-applicant-blogger-interview-rolipollis-journey.html
Yes, yes I do agree that I have not updated my blog since long time but I was a bit busy at other important things such as office, home and writing few articles for some websites. I know I have to come back on track and start my preparation for the test. I hope I will be coming to the preparation front very soon.
Thank you Sarah Pritzker once again for the kind words and encouragement.
A new Wall Street Journal survey showed that MBA graduates are interested in joining these companies after completing their MBA degrees.
McKinsey & Co. – 29.1%
Google – 27.8%
Bain & Co. – 22.3%
BCG – 19.6%
Goldman Sachs -19.1%
Blackstone Group – 12.4%
Amazon – 10.6%
I want to work on my own start-up or at United Nations for its social-integration front. What’s your dream company?