IT Degree Program:
Keep Working While You Earn Your Degree

An IT degree program that fits your work schedule. It's not as hard to find as you might think.

Take a look a that the experience of Shaun from Pennsylvania, who earned an information technology degree from the University of Phoenix.

Here's what Shaun has to say:

Describe what you liked best about your online IT degree program.

With the University of Phoenix learning structure, I was able to work a full time job and go to school full time concurrently. I could complete the work on my own time each day and not have to worry about school and work interfering with each other. This was extremely important to me as I could not sacrifice my performance at my job. I also did not want to spend 7 years earning a 4 year degree. One of the other things that I liked was that you took one class at a time, so this allowed you to focus on that class and that class only. The stress I felt in the time I spent at a brick and mortar college all but went away at the University of Phoenix. I got my degree, met a lot of people, and learned so much about myself, my job, and information technology.

Describe what you liked least about your online learning experience.

One of the downfalls of an online university is that you do not get as much hands on experience with the subject matter. Although you get social interaction on some levels, you still do not see the people in the class with you. One more problem that I ran into was group work. In each class, you are assigned a team of students. Although there is much benefit in this, some of the instructors did not take location into consideration when assigning the teams. If students were in different time zones, it became tough to set online meetings up such that we could all attend. Some of the instructors did look at the locations of the students before assigning teams. It was still difficult to arrange meetings because almost every student is working full time and some work different shifts than others. The deadlines for turning in papers pretty much force some group members to suck it up and complete all the work if certain team members are slacking.

Has earning this degree helped or hurt your career?

It has helped, definitely. Some employers frown upon online degrees, but taken into consideration that most people get them while working full time, there is a selling point. Finishing an IT degree program while working full time looks great whether you are seeking a promotion or a new career.

What would you say to others who are thinking of pursuing a degree online?

It was a great experience for me. I would say go for it, especially if you have concerns about how a brick and mortar college might take up too much of your time.

Shaun|PA|University of Phoenix|Information Technology

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