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How To Get An Undergraduate Online Degree: Becoming an Undergraduate Online.

Updated on May 21, 2020
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Why and How to Get an Undergraduate Online Degree: How to Start E-Learning, and Why?

The job market is incredibly competitive nowadays. It seems like almost everybody out there has an undergraduate degree, which means that it is becoming increasingly harder to secure the top jobs. In fact, many companies in the United States are not looking for ‘experience’, instead they want to know that you have put yourself through the hardships of college, whether this is a fair way of judging who to employ is your own opinion. One thing is for sure though; if you don’t have a degree then you are seriously limiting your chances of advancing your career.

The problem is, returning to get an undergraduate degree is incredibly difficult. Not only is it expensive, but it means putting your career on hold, and this means that you are going to have absolutely no income. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that many people are deciding not to further their education. However, with the advent of the internet, obtaining an undergraduate degree is much easier than it was in the past. Everything can be done online, and you won’t even need to travel to a campus. This means that you can work in your own time, and at whatever college you want. At the end of the course, you will end up with an undergraduate online degree which you can show off to potential employers, increasing your chances of securing the position that you want.

E-learning has been getting a lot of attention lately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and that's a good thing as not only is it enabling more people to graduate, it also increases the supply of e-learning platforms and ways to get an undergraduate online degree in an easy and simple way.

If you wish to get a course via e-learning, then let me tell you I did the same and I don't regret it one bit!

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How to Study Online: How Does E-Learning Work?

Your online undergraduate degree will start by searching for the right course for you.

The first thing you will need to bear in mind is what sort of degree you are opting for. Are you merely looking for a course to complete credits for something you dropped out of in the past, or are you looking to start an entire course from scratch? This will have a bearing on the sort of courses that you want to be on the lookout for.

If you are starting from scratch, then pay attention to your interests, and don’t forget to look at the course content. As the degree is carried out online, it can be incredibly difficult to stay motivated as it is, and it certainly won’t help if you choose a subject that is boring to you.

All too often I have seen students who have chosen a course because they feel the content will help boost their job prospects, but pretty quickly they drop out as it doesn’t excite them, this is just a waste of money!

Once you know what you are looking for in a course, you can head to one of the many search engines dedicated to finding an undergraduate online degree provider.

I suggest that you carefully consider every single option that is presented to you. For example, the majority of providers will give an estimate of the amount of work that is required, as well as the course content you will be covering. Don’t forget to also take a look at prices! Proper research will take a long time, so don’t skimp on it, your future is at stake here.

When you have chosen your course, it is time to apply. There will be a number of ‘entry requirements’ in place. So make sure that you follow them! If you are accepted for the course (and you generally will be) then study can take place.

The procedure for the study will depend on the course, but generally, throughout the year you will be given a number of informational articles for you to study, online seminars with your teachers, and coursework complete.

Make sure you do everything properly and in a timely manner, and by the end of the course, you will end up with an undergraduate online degree that you can be proud of.

You may see that, as it happened to me, many enroll in the online courses and try to get the undergraduate online degree only to fail.

On my year, there were over 300 students in the first year, but only about 20 graduated simply because the other gave up or didn't deliver their assignments on time - basically, they couldn't cope with the fact E-Learning doesn't force you to go to classes and you don't have a teacher constantly at your back demanding work and telling you that the assignment is due tomorrow.

Good areas of study for the online student

Technology
Law & Finance
Languages
IT
Law
English
Programming
Accounting
Japanese
3D Design
Financial Consultation
French

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E-Learning and Online Degree Warning: Take Accredited Courses

There are a lot of self-proclaimed "Undergraduate Online Degrees" that aren't even accredited officially and so they become just a course you can take.

On the other hand, there are a lot of legit offers out there. When it comes to e-learning and online courses, you need to always read the fine print and research the institution to see if the course is indeed accredited officially or not.

Don't take a course for nothing, make sure everyone recognizes your diploma and your graduation is official.

Try to see what academic degree a course bestows upon you upon completion, and make sure it makes sense.

Also, don't forget to ask for all of the proper documentation when the course is up.

Rest assured everything else is smooth, and that all my online courses were a blissful experience - I even liked them more than my physical offline degree.

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    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      7 years ago from Torres Novas

      Hello Becky! Thanks for stopping by.

      Yes I know, time eludes us all after a certain age, I'm just beginning to experience that myself...

    • Rfordin profile image

      Rfordin 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I got both my AA and BS online. Had I not had this as an option I would have never been able to advance my degrees. Life comes on very fast as you age and if you don't enroll, study, and finish college after those "college years" (18-22/23ish) it seems there's no time left. Careers, family, etc start to take over.

      Very useful article.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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