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Traditional School or Online School?

Post: July 10, 2018

Choosing a career is difficult on its own, but once you've finally decided, it is time to choose a school.

Schools today are nothing like they were 30 years ago - each year colleges and universities are adding online courses to their curriculum. You are no longer confined to a classroom or lecture hall to earn the certificate or degree necessary for the chosen field. From the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or anywhere you have internet access you have the ability to attend school.

So what is the big deal about online school versus a traditional classroom? Well, that depends on several factors. Do you learn better in a group setting with a fixed schedule? Then you might do better in the traditional classroom. If you are among the growing number of individuals who prefer to work alone at your own pace, or need to work around a busy family life or work schedule, then you might want to consider online classes.

Reputable, accredited colleges and universities across the nation are offering courses (and occasionally the entire degree plan) online for those who wish to further their education or add to their existing credentials. However, not all online schools are equal, so plan to do plenty of research as far as accreditation, endorsement, and value for the dollar.

In your research of the right program to use, you'll likely find independent preparatory courses for your specific certification test. Just about every field has a certification that is preferred or required, and if you find that you don't have the financial ability to attend classes for a two or four year degree, these independent courses are a viable option. Just like with colleges and universities, you'll need to do some digging to find out which preparatory course is right for you and if it will lead you in the right direction.

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." - Maya Angelou