Online Business Degree:
The flexibility of the online experience made completing my education possible. While flexible, there were still structured requirements that included a minimum number of times and days logging in and posting on forums. This allowed a simulated class room learning environment by letting us ask questions and give our own experiences to both class mates and instructors. The black and white postings allowed for solid reference and review of discussions which I found more useful than what I would get in a traditional classroom. I also enjoyed the simplified and concise structure of the classes. Because of the distance learning, I found my classes to stick to the syllabus more than my experiences in the traditional classroom. This allowed me to work on things ahead with confidence and without the worry of wasting my time. My instructors were always willing to work with special issues. The classes were also laid out in a more logical and easy-to-follow format.
Describe what you liked least about your online learning experience.
What I liked least about my distance learning experience was the customer service aspect. When you do not have the opportunity to work with people face to face, there appears to be more of a business center mentality that you have to deal with. If you have ever had the displeasure of having to deal with any sort of financial aid or registration shuffle, imagine the experience ten-fold.
Getting what should be a simple thing fixed can seem at times to be nearly impossible. Sometimes these things happen each semester. There are so many things that can go wrong, and when you are physically removed from the place of origin, you are helpless.
Beware of the claim of job assistance and claims that x% of graduates find themselves in there career within 6 months of graduation claims. I believe this goes for most educational facilities.
The fine print states that most were already in there field when they started, and if you do not follow the precise steps they lay out, you are not taken into consideration. This is a national university, but the job assistance is only for the local area of your graduation. If you plan on relocating right after graduation, plan on finding things yourself.
Also, it should be noted that a large portion of their assistance is to direct the graduating student to company job sites and temp agencies. I was actually told that there was an opening at the local home made ice-cream shop as one of my business graduate job leads. It paid minimum wage.
Has earning this online business degree helped or hurt your career?
My degree has helped me navigate my industry better. I am better prepared for the situations that go outside of normal operation. This is where your education will be of most benefit.
What would you say to others who are thinking of pursuing an online business management degree?
Are you going into a certification heavy field? If so, make sure that the online business degree actually gives you the certifications and not just prepares you for the test.
At DeVry, technology certs run $100-$200 per exam and most take multiple exams to obtain. This is on top of the courses you are paying for. Certifications and experience are sometimes more important than education when breaking into a new field.
Joe - Colorado Springs, CO - DeVry University - Business