Get a traditional or online degree
Once you have earned your high school diploma or GED, there are almost limitless choices of postsecondary education that you can pursue. Besides the opportunity to study something that interests you and pursue a job in a related field, higher education offers practical advantages, such as higher wages -- statistics show that, on average, people who have college degrees still make more than people who don't.
These days, many postsecondary programs offer a balanced combination of in-class and online courses, allowing students to take advantage of the learning and lifestyle benefits that each type of course has to offer.
Benefits of a Traditional Classroom
One of the biggest benefits of classroom learning is hands-on training. For example, you can't conduct dangerous lab experiments for your chemistry degree, or conduct mock personal security checks for your criminal justice degree, sitting in front of your computer at home. Real-life skills have to be practiced in real life, first in the classroom and then in the field.
Another advantage of brick and mortar classes is in-person peer communication. Face-to-face discussion can not only augment student learning but can also build a strong sense of camaraderie between classmates.
Benefits of Online Degree Coursework
Some significant advantages of online college courses include:
- Saving time for better work-life balance. Regardless of how close your campus is to your home, getting to and from class takes time. If you suffer from health issues, are raising a family or have any other considerable time-consuming commitment, then whether it's a fine arts, biology or accounting degree you are working toward, being able to complete some classes from the comfort of your home can make a big difference in your stress level.
- Flexibility for better work-work balance. Online coursework can be completed around your schedule. For example, a course with no required in-class time means someone studying for a psychology degree who is also working part-time at a mental health clinic can better balance work shifts and courseload.
- Online doesn't mean no guidance from lectures. Some online courses also incorporate a traditional lecture component in non-traditional ways, which means that in addition to other written resources and transcripts, formal lectures may be available online in the form of videos or podcasts. Some videos of lectures get uploaded to YouTube by students or by a University for a public lecture. Sometimes the audio transcript of these YouTube videos are also available for download so it is easier to follow along.
- More comfortable collaboration and correspondence. Introverted individuals who are not be comfortable voicing their ideas and opinions in a classroom setting may be more likely to participate and feel included in online forum discussions with classmates.