An Online MBA Guide for the Searching Student

October 11, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

These days the job market is a bona fide battle royale; sometimes with companies hauling in over a hundred resumes a day for a single position. With so many applicants, candidates need to find ways to get an edge in the market, and one of those ways may be getting a masters degree.

For Many, an Online Degree Works

However, a traditional program involves huge time commitments and, more often than not, a rigid class schedule. For a prospective student with a career and family, this sort of program is simply unfeasible. Luckily, we live in the age of the Internet, and more and more people are choosing online degrees.

With an online degree, there is often more flexibility for when you do work, and cuts down on time commuting back and forth from school. You can do your work at your own pace, and from home. Today, there are thousands of degrees offered online.

This brings many to wonder, with all the programs offered, how to choose a program that is right for them. So here are a few basic tips can set an interested student off on the right path to finding the perfect program.

How to Choose the Right Program

First and foremost, make sure the program offers an area of focus that is relevant to your field and career. Putting MBA-anything on your degree is useful, but to get the best bang for your buck and the most out of your education you want to look for program that gives you training that will surely further your career. Think of the skills you will learn as augmentation to what you already know and will give you the much-besought edge in the job market.

You also want to make sure your professors have real-world experience and can teach you the practical skills you want. After all, the degree is an effort to improve your chances in hiring and the workplace, not academia, so avoid programs that are too theoretical.

Also – do not think that because the program is online you won’t be able to get networking opportunities from it. In fact, you should make sure that the program specifically offers those opportunities. A lot of getting the job you want means knowing the people who can help you get it; so find a program that offers perks such as a brick-and-mortar campus where you can visit, conventions where their students come together periodically, or provides on-going career assistance.

Stay alert to the requirements of the program, as well, because many online masters programs can be even more rigorous and time-consuming than traditional programs. Find a program that allows you to work at your own pace and fits your lifestyle.

Hopefully, by following these tips, and researching thoroughly, you can find the perfect program that will help you stand out in the job market.

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