Work Experience can Earn you Credit when Earning an Online College Degree

July 24, 2011 by  
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Work Experience can Earn you Credit when Earning an Online College Degree

There are a lot of benefits when opting to earn your college degree online. One of the most prominent is the ability to spend time earning money in a full time capacity while doing the course at your own leisure online. However, one of the most overlooked things when people go out and earn their degree in this manner is the capacity to earn credit for their online college degree by supplying details of previous work experience to the institution that is supplying the course. Traditional colleges are quick to point this out to their students as it gets them through the course quicker.

If you have never undertaken any formal tertiary education then allow me to explain how this work. When you are doing a college course it is more like a bunch of small courses collated to create the actual college degree course. This system is exactly the same as how an online college degree course is structured. Because it is a conglomeration of small courses – many of these courses are very specific in what they teach the student. If you have worked in an area or capacity that is directly relevant to past work experience for an extended amount of time you can get credit for this aspect of the course and therefore shorten the time it will take to earn your degree (and lessen the cost because you are normally charged for each of these smaller courses).

Typically, the smaller courses that make up the larger college course are called units. If you can get an employer to vouch for you then you will not have to complete the unit (your work experience gives you credit for the unit). Depending on the institution supplying you with your online college degree course, you might need to get something signed from your employer to verify your claims. Most employers are happy to do to this as it means that you will get that piece of paper (the degree) a little quicker.

If you consider how the work experience earns you the credit then you might think of it as a form of cheating by using a default – this is not so. You need to realize that you have done the work to earn the skill so it is a valid way of clearing the unit from those that you need to complete in order to earn your college degree online. It also means that you have been paid for learning the skill and are not actually paying in order to undertake the unit in order to learn it.

Elijah James
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