Thursday, January 5th, 2012

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Pursuing Online Education

Online Education

If you’ve got some college or university experience, you may be able to transfer some credits to your new school.

Is a better job a part of your New Year’s resolution? You might have your eye on a school like The University of Liverpool, DeVry University, or Stratford Career Institute.

Many people are opting for online education as a way to vamp up their resume and land their dream job. This can be a great way to go. However, don’t make these common mistakes in choosing your school.

Overpaying

In staying home to study, you can cut down on gas and transit costs. But make sure that’s not the only place you can save money. See if you’re eligible for any financial aid, either through the school or programs like Second Career.

Choosing The Wrong Program

Make sure this is something you want to pursue all the way. Be equally sure it’s something that will help you land a job. Don’t be fooled by the ease of taking classes from home. This is still a huge time and money investment.

Choosing The Wrong School

Sadly, too many students will devote time and money to a program, only to end up wanting to light their diploma on fire. Do your research and make sure your school and program are both accredited and respected.

Not Trying to Transfer Credits

If you’ve got some college or university experience, you may be able to transfer some credits to your new school. You might even get exempted from a class. This could save you a lot of time. Look into it.

Being Unrealistic

Again, make sure you can make the proper time investment. If you’re juggling a family and a job, map out the exact times you expect to study. If you only find 8 hours a week, and the course will require 12, you have a problem.

Schools mentioned: University of Liverpool, DeVry University, Stratford Career Institute.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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