Due to the economic conditions over the past five years many adults and young professionals decided it was in their best interest to go back to school. Whether their company was downsizing, their position was being eliminated, or they wanted to make themselves more marketable, going back to school was a priority for them. When the economy is booming, everyone seems to have a job. When everyone has a job, education is on the backburner for most. Education costs a lot of money and takes up a lot of time, especially at the graduate level. So if individuals are comfortable where they are and they are making enough money, they feel they don’t see a need to go back to school.
During the past 5-10 years online education has dramatically increased in enrollment. There are now more programs available to online students than ever before. Whether someone is looking for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or a Master’s Degree in Engineering, there is a school that offers’s it online. Adults in particular, are very comfortable using the internet on a day to day basis. They typically use it at work or with their children. So doing their education over the internet is no big deal for them. It is more convenient than having to travel to a physical campus to attend class. If you are trying to balance your family, job, and school, this is a huge factor when deciding how to complete your degree. The internet is a great tool that has evolved and developed over the past 20 years. Not only can you do your degree online; you can do all of your research as well. It is a great tool for everyone to use.
Continuing your education is very important. It should not matter what the economy is doing. It is a best practice to be as up to date as possible on industry trends when making decisions for your company. You want to make an informed decision as opposed to an uninformed decision. The best part is, many employers will pay for an online education these days. You may have to commit to them for 1-2 years after completing the degree, but a free education is well worth it. You take the class, receive a passing grade; and then your company reimburses you for your tuition fees. It’s that easy. To find out what internet courses qualify for tuition reimbursement, contact your human resources department.