For many people, getting a degree is something they've been putting off for a long time. Maybe you were working, or starting a family or just wanted to have the freedom to travel. Whatever your reasons were, the massive shift towards online learning has created new opportunities well worth taking advantage of.
First of all, you can keep working. Online education is often self-driven and self-scheduled. There's no reason you can't set your own pace and create your own timeline for education. You can absolutely get your degree without leaving your job, whether you're looking for an online LLM or an MBA. In fact, you should inquire at your job to see if there are benefits and associated programs. Some jobs offer assistance to employees who are getting degrees while they work and may be able to help you with recommendations and even tuition fees. However, if you don't currently have a job or are looking for a job, that shouldn't stop you either.
Look for Work
Looking for work and getting a degree can happily coexist. In fact, one can aid the other. If you're applying for jobs, getting a degree can only strengthen your resume. The sooner the better, in fact. That said, it goes the other way as well. Plenty of people find work through their college degrees, either by professor's recommendations or even from talking to other students. Treat your education as one big networking event. They may say that it isn't what you know, it's who you know, but in actuality, it's both what you know and who you know. Getting a degree can improve both at the same time.
Raise a Family
Countless people put aside their careers and their education in order to be better parents to their families. That's an incredibly noble and important thing to do, and nothing should stand in the way of it. That said, if you don't have to make a choice, why should you? Online degrees can allow you to have both the education you want and the family you love. The flexibility of an online education means being able to achieve your goals without sacrificing anything.
Travel has also often been an either/or situation. Either you can travel the world, or you can get that master's degree you've always wanted. If you were very lucky, you might be able to travel abroad in order to get that master's degree you've always wanted, but traveling abroad for yourself is a little different from traveling abroad in order to study. That said, with the option of an online degree, the chance has become much more widely available and much more diverse. You can study whatever you want while still traveling wherever you want.
Be in Quarantine
Unless, of course, you're in isolation. Circling back to where we started, the massive growth of online learning is going to be shifted into high gear by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. With social distancing the best and most widely available tool to stop the spread of coronavirus, there's sometimes no choice but to stay home. Cabin fever sets in quickly, and the feeling of stagnation can be a lot to deal with. Getting a degree online is a way to transform your quarantine into something productive but safe. Whether you're trying to get better at your job, looking for a new job, learning with your family or just wishing you could get out and travel, getting your online degree is a great choice.
Whatever your reasons for not getting a degree earlier, there are plenty of opportunities now, and plenty of incentives. Whether you're looking to beef up your resume in a difficult economy or you just want to keep yourself from stagnating while you're stuck at home, you have every reason and every chance to start getting your degree online today. It can and probably will make your life better tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?