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Whether you have only just graduated or you’ve been out of University for years, making the decision to further your education can be an incredibly difficult one. There are so many different things you need to consider before you can even think about applying and for some, this can be quite overwhelming.
Will you be able to leave your job in order to study? Could you move to another city at this stage in your life? Are there courses available in the areas you want to study? Will it all be worth it? With so many different things to think about, it’s important you know you’re making the right decision.
Whilst there may be downsides to studying online, often it can be a great solution to a lot of the concerns you may be having. To help, here are just 7 of the reasons you may want to consider furthering your education online:
If you are worried about the costs associated with studying, online courses usually have much lower fees than those that you attend in-house. More often than not, this is because there are fewer overheads when it comes to running an online course so as an end user, you don’t have to pay for as many facilities and amenities as you go along. For a guide to tuition fees in the UK, you can visit this site here.
When it comes to studying at University rather than online, there are lots of hidden costs that you may not have thought about. Whether that’s travelling to and from campus every day or the cost of lunch whenever you’re out, all of the small things add up over time. Whilst you’ll still need to leave your house and eat lunch every day, the costs are likely to much lower when you’re studying from home at your own pace. Y
One of the main worries when it comes to studying and furthering your education is that you’ll have to uproot your whole life. For most people, furthering their education doesn’t come until a couple of years after their first degree and by this time, they may be settled in a well-paying job or in a house they love. If you’re not willing to leave the life you currently have, studying online gives you the chance to study no matter where you are in the world.
As mentioned above, in the years after completing your first degree you may have found that you have started a job you love. If that’s the case and you still want to further your education, an online Master’s degree could be the best possible way to do so without losing your job. Whilst you will still have to factor in the time it takes to study, a lot of the course can be done at your own pace and on a part-time basis. For more information on online Postgraduate courses offered in the UK, you can visit this site here.
If you struggle to keep up with the fast pace of learning at University, online courses give you the chance to learn at your own speed. Whilst you may have to complete coursework and exams by a certain date, you have control over what you learn and when.
Whether you have already done your undergraduate degree or not, studying online gives you the opportunity to choose whatever degree you want. If that means doing a second undergraduate degree then so be it! You will also have the option to study either part-time or full-time, depending on the amount of time you want to dedicate to studying each week.
Being able to study at home without supervision requires a lot of discipline and commitment. Whilst it may not seem like that will benefit you moving forward, they’re actually two skills that are very sought after by employers. If you’re interviewing and they ask you what you have learnt during your online degree you can say how much it has helped your commitment to achieving what you want.
Are you thinking of furthering your education but don’t know where to start? Will an online degree make benefit you? Let me know how in the comments section below.