In today’s economy, we all know that keeping the jobs we’ve got is a necessity. But, we also know that we want a better job with more money and better benefits. The drawback is the fact that going for a degree usually means having to take classes on campus during the day, or at best taking evening classes. Having to take classes on campus can really disrupt daily schedules unless you’re going to be a regular full time student. This means classes are being given during job hours and even evening classes can be a real hassle to get to, especially if you have a family. Many colleges and universities now offer online classes which means you can take advantage of the online education resources they provide to complete your degree, but do the classes and work when you have time, not when they schedule on campus classes.
There are some things you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to take online classes. Regardless of what degree you’re going for, whether it’s nursing or you’re planning out a business career path, taking classes online will require you have a computer and an internet connection in your home. Since computers and internet connectivity are so ubiquitous now, great computers to take classes on and to do your class work on can be had for as little as $300 and DSL connections are as little as $15 a month. This means taking online classes, at least from the requirements you have to have to take classes at home are very affordable.
Granted, even though computers and connectivity are everywhere, there are still some of us that are afraid of them and aren’t confident at all about how to use them. Fortunately, there are a lot of great books and guides available that will hand-hold you through everything you need to know. Plus, getting a tutor to come in and help you set everything up and show you how to use the system is easy to do. And the college or university will have computer classes as well. Even though you may have to attend some evening classes to start with so you can get the tools you need to take online classes, it’ll be worth the effort.
Most jobs now require you have a certain level of computer knowledge anyway, so these investments in time and money will serve you well later. And who knows? You may like computers enough to go for a degree in Information Systems.