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Bricks and mortar vs online learning: which is best for your career

20 February 2019 No Comment

Considering stepping back into the educational ring with aspirations of fighting your way to the top of the career ladder? Wondering whether to study online via distance learning or at a bricks and mortar university?

You’re not alone.  

While there’s a certain attraction to studying for a degree as you lounge around in your underwear eating chips and glancing over your shoulder at Bargain Hunt or Countdown, it requires as much dedication (if not more) to succeed when compared to a traditional campus-based degree.

Both online and traditional learning have many pros and cons, but how do you choose between them when the time comes to fill out the application form?

Read on to find out …

The benefits of distance learning

Considering our tech-savvy world, it may not surprise you to learn that an increasing number of students are leaning towards flexible online degrees, which allow learners to juggle work and family commitments with an accredited qualification.

An online degree through a reputable provider like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning is ideal for those of you who already work full-time. It allows you to balance your career with your studies and earn while you learn (and move upanother rung on that vocational ladder).

Distance learning is perfect if you’ve been out of educationfor a while and can’t squeeze scheduled classes into your busy life. It’s also great if the thought of ‘fitting in’ with a bunch of excitable school leavers is an altogether disagreeable prospect.

Studying for a qualification online will help break down the educational brick wall that some folk see standing between them and career progression. What’s more, it negates the need for travelling to a bricks and mortar institution, which can be a deal breaker for those with other commitments.

The advantages of a traditional degree

Studying for a degree on campus involves a mixture of lectures, tutorials, library sessions and tangible interaction with fellow studentsand this physicality is an area where distance learning can be sometimes be found wanting.

However, with the dominance of Skype and the ease with which we can now communicate, this is becoming less of a problem for distance learners and part of the reason why online degrees are rising in popularity.

Students studying on university grounds, however, may possibly find it simpler to obtain instantaneous face-to-face feedback from a tutor, and they will enjoy study groups, discussions and debates fuelled by students’ very presence in the community.

Not only that, but non-academic social relations, whether it’s a pub crawl, disco night, fundraising or swim club, is a larger part of on campus life, with many distance learners forced to make a substantial effort to become a part of these groups.

So is a traditional or online degree best for your career?

Like most things in life, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. But if you’re on a career path you’d like to continue treading, a distance learning degree offers you the kind of flexibility and support you simply won’t find at a bricks and mortar university.

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