Written by: Mr. Ferdinand Gueco, AMAOEd Student – BSBA
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Getting a degree that’s right for you is a big decision – and not something to be taken lightly. As employers demand more skills from employees, the demand for online degrees has increased in popularity nowadays. The question is, how different is online compared to traditional education?
Both online and traditional education degrees offer everything from certificates to more advanced options such as an associate, bachelors or even postgraduate degrees. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online education versus traditional education and examine how both can affect you as a student.
The first thing to consider is your available time. You have to consider the amount of spare time you have every day to work on your degree. Are you willing to attend college full-time or do you need more flexibility that is compatible with your busy schedule? In an online platform, flexibility is one of the major benefits you have since you have the freedom to dedicate yourself from your daily modules at your own pace. As an online student of AMA University myself, I used to manage my time on the most convenient schedule possible. My working schedule is not affected by my online studies. In the traditional education system, however, although universities offer morning and evening classes, you are still required to be physically present to catch your professor in his class.
Another thing to consider is your level of discipline. Do you need structure in order to be a successful student? Do you need a daily to-do list to monitor your progress? Studying online requires discipline as it focuses on self-motivation and efficient time management. Without a plan or some type of organization, your work will suffer in online classrooms. Nevertheless, if you set deadlines and comply with your online school schedule, you will be fine.On the other hand, if you’re unemployed and more adept to a classroom environment, then the traditional platform is best for you. This method will give you the support and will push you to complete assignments and tasks on a daily basis.
Lastly, there is the social Interaction. Do you need interaction with your peers and instructors to succeed? Are you someone who can thrive in an independent study environment? While an online platform interaction with instructors and peers still happen, it’s through online video. Learning through online video will help you focus independently and the learning process is faster since there are no distractions of a traditional class room. The traditional setting, on the other hand, gives you more access to peers and instructor.
Flexibility, discipline and social Interaction. These are only a few things to consider in choosing your degree. Ultimately, it is still up to you. What matters is you are willing to pursue your dreams regardless of the many circumstances that might come your way.
I am an example of a person who wishes to elevate himself further despite his full-time job. I chose the online platform. It develops my time management skills and at the same time, it gives me flexibility on my daily routine. I was able also to attend Toastmaster’s activity on a weekly basis without interrupting my work schedule and online studies. As with all investments, having another diploma is also a gamble, but I do believe it can take me further than any car I will have in the future. It’s never too late to learn.
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