Consider the time commitment


One of the most important criteria to consider when looking at online career courses is the time commitment. Some of these programs are self-paced and others require a set amount of hours per week to be dedicated to the coursework. It is imperative that you take your life’s schedule into account before signing up for a program that you don’t have time for. If you need more than 20 hours of work per week, then this might not be the best option for you.

What can happen if I can’t complete my chosen degree?

If it isn’t possible to complete an academic degree in its entirety, either because of missed classes or unanticipated personal obligations, there are many institutions that offer assistance through competency-based education and microcredentials. Competency-based education allows students to take as long as they want (within reason) to learn what they need to know and apply their knowledge to tasks.

Microcredentials are smaller qualifications that could range from diplomas from reputable organizations like The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or Professional Examination Service (PES) certifications. These shorter credentials allow employers to better assess how someone is educated so that they can determine if they would be qualified for the position. These options are very attractive to individuals who may have left school early but still have some level of education or training.—2023-12-01

A second consideration is whether you want something that will lead to an industry-specific certificate or diploma, a generalist qualification such as a bachelor’s degree, or both. Certificates typically focus on specific skills or one industry, while diplomas are broader but still related to one area of expertise. Bachelor’s degrees provide a broad education with the goal being that you’ll gain mastery in your desired field of study. Certificates and diplomas typically cost less than four years of university study and often can be completed within 12 months depending on the student’s availability.