It is probably safe to say that up until recently, online degrees were not seen in the most positive light. In fact, it added an air of laziness and unworthiness to the perception of an individual. If they couldn’t get out to complete their education, the employer often wondered how they would manage to make it to work.
Likewise, there was the idea that no deadlines existed, thus, the potential employee would certainly not complete their job functions adequately.
Surprisingly, this attitude has changed somewhat, mostly because well-known schools and even Ivy League schools have recently offered their classes online. There is still some doubt when graduating from an unknown online school, but someone who has Stanford or Harvard credentials on their resumes, whether online or not, they are often seen in higher regards than others.
Reasons Employers Now Accept Online Degrees
#1 No Differentiation Between Online and OnSite
Plus, they are quite frequently taken more seriously as job candidates. To be honest, the employer probably doesn’t even see the online part. They just see the name of the school and say BINGO.
Another reason that employers may more widely accept online degrees is the fact that they might not even know the difference. For some universities, a distinction is not made between online and physical classes. The university may offer the student an opportunity to take a mix of online and in-class courses to complete a degree. In this instance, it is not necessary to bring up the online part of the program.
#2 Excellent Quality
While employers may in the past have felt that an online education was kind of shady, some professors and college instructors have indicated that the work produced by students taking online courses is of higher quality. This may be due to the fact they have many obstacles to overcome and truly want to get their degrees. They have committed and as a result, strive to do their best, as opposed to just taking courses as a lark or for easy credit.
#3 Proper Credentials
Nevertheless, it still goes out without saying that before enrolling in any program, the student should do considerable research. Just because some organization offers classes online, does not mean that it is accredited or that the degree will even be worth the paper it is printed on.
Anyone can start up a website and send out diplomas, with the sole purpose of reaping a profit. Choosing an authorized school does grant the degree a higher level of credibility, even if employers don’t know the school by name. At least, they can go and check to see that it is valid.
Studies completed in the last couple years show that a hiring manager’s perception of a candidate is far higher for someone with an online degree from a traditional university. Regardless of whether the online school excels at its mandate, employers believe “real” educations come from the mainstream schools.
It should be noted, however, that some internet-only schools have the exact same accreditation as some of the more prestigious bricks and mortar schools. Yet, perception is absolutely key to getting one’s resume past the gatekeeper and to an interviewer’s desk.
#4 Ivy League
Finally, it has become more apparent that employers are offering existing employees the opportunity to take online classes and submit their tuition costs for reimbursement. Should you decide to take an online degree, and you know where you want to work, it would be wise to inquire about their policies before committing to a specific program.
Here are a few statistics to review. Nothing too heavy … just the three things an employer may be looking for in an online degree.