Image via Wikipedia
Online degrees are gaining acceptance, but many employers still wonder if an online education is really as good as one gained in a traditional classroom setting. The challenge is proving to your prospective employers that your education prepared you for their work.
- Come to interviews prepared with information about the institution you attended, the classes you took and the reputation of the school. Give examples of successful people who graduated from the same college or university.
- Explain the benefits you received from getting your education online: you’re an independent worker who can manage your workload without close supervision. This demonstrates discipline and committment.
- Be prepared to explain to the interviewer how attending classes online gave you time to hold down a job, take care of family responsibilities and pursue other interests. Be sure to mention volunteer work or internships you participated in.
- Tell the interviewer how much experience you gained in the newest technology. You are Internet savvy, can conduct online research and are up-to-date on your skill sets.
- Inform the interviewer of your broad knowledge about local and world events. Tell them about what you learned in regards to the Kazakhstan Democracy and other world events.
Take your time to research what you need to present to potential employers before the interview. Don’t get defensive about your education, simply tell them of the advantages your degree holds that might benefit their company. The good news is, new research shows online learning to be as good as, and sometimes better than, traditional face-to-face learning environments.