Distance learning programme has become very much popular among the working professionals. Many take distance learning as a platform to receive higher degrees and enhance their career prospects. Working professionals, who do not find time to continue their studies because of work schedule and other obligations, consider distance education for a rewarding career in today’s corporate sector.
Such has been the demand of online distance education that even the eminent educationalists do not shy away from asking employers to be a bit lenient and flexible towards employees who are taking part in distance learning programme.
After all, employees do not only contribute to their personal academic status but also to the organisation and society by avail of higher education. As the employees would still be working full time, many employers do not see any kind of problem in letting their employees enrol for higher degree programmes from online institutions.
UK Universities’ Distance Learning Programme in Nigeria
The relevancy of distance learning programme is being very much felt in the developing nations like Nigeria, where people of college-age lead a working life to earn livelihood. In the absence of higher qualifications, they do not get well respected jobs and end up doing petty works. Such workers can now look forward to earn a valuable degree through distance education programme.
In the recent times, several institutions have come to the Nigeria offering online course degrees to regular students as well as working professionals. Some of the accredited UK Universities too have joined the fray to educate pupil of Nigeria. These UK Universities are offering a wide range of undergraduate as well as postgraduate degree courses to the Nigerian students.
Distance Learning Courses
Now, students from Nigeria can study Business and Management, Finance and Law, Computing and Media, Health and Psychology and Tourism and Hospitality courses from the UK Universities. Postgraduate students can also enrol in a course of their choice, which include MBA in different streams, IT and Telecommunications, Finance and Law among others.
Infrastructure, Flexibility and Affordability
UK Universities’ distance learning programme is designed for developing overall aspect of students. They are given vibrant ambience to study in group. Students can contact online tutors via chat, email or other applications. They can join different online forums and discussion boards and get in touch with fellow students over there.
Flexibility and cost effectiveness are the other facets of UK Universities sponsored distance learning programme. Working professionals have the freedom to enrol in a course of their choice without compromising with work schedule and other commitments. They can study at any time and access the course material, submit assignments or get in touch with tutors even at the business hours.
As most of the courses are affordable, even the students from weaker strata of society have the freedom to study a course of their choice from UK Universities.
Thousands of students from Nigeria have graduated with a higher qualification from the UK Universities. If you too dream big and want to see yourself at the highest level, enrol in a desired distance learning programme.
Distance learning is now a widespread phenomenon. All the students and working professionals who want to progress in their careers seek to complete their studies online so that their work is not disturbed. Online learning is growing in popularity by the day and the online colleges provide a plethora of subjects from which the student can choose.
With so many advantages, most students these days are opting for online college degree courses. Moreover, students from countries which are educationally backward, due to an infrastructure that is so weak that it cannot support higher education are extremely keen on studying online so that they can work towards a brighter future. Here is how online education or an online college degree can make a difference in your career.
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Take a Look at the Big Picture
A statistical study shows that 83% of employers think at online college degree are just as good as traditional college degrees. Employers want to recruit people who are competent and can perform. And performance does not count on the fact whether or not the college degree has been earned online or from a traditional institute.
Names Still Matter
When going through a CV, the employers always check to see the educational institute from which you have graduated and they always pick a ‘big name’ over the lesser know universities even if though the degree is the same. Therefore, it would be wise to take up the online degree courses that a few world renowned colleges and universities offer. If employers see the name of the university they won’t exactly care to check whether the course was studied on campus or online.
Accreditation is Still Essential
Employers always check whether or not you have completed your degree from a recognised or accredited college or university. If the college from which you have completed your course is not accredited and accepted globally, then your degree is as good as a blank piece of paper. So, before enrolling make sure that the college is accredited.
Time to Prove your Yourself
If you have completed your degree from a traditional college or university, then employers do not ask you to prove yourself the way they might ask an online graduate. Traditional institutions are decades old and have created a mark, the employers know what kind of professionals that institution create, however, online universities are only a few years old so they will constantly ask you to prove your worth.
Some employer’s thoughts about distance learning degrees are still very negative. They still are keener on employing students who have graduated from traditional colleges. However, the gap is closing as the popularity of online education continues to grow.
So, with the employer’s eye constantly on the educational institute on your resume, you must always take into account the pros and cons of enrolling in an online college degree programme. Online degrees are widely accepted these days but not always, so choose wisely.
Gossy Ukanwoke, commonly known as the Mark Zuckerberg of Nigeria, has recently launched the first online university in the country. It is named as Beni American University and is said to be an aid for the diseased educational system of Africa. It is formed to make the people of the country learned and to give them an opportunity to reach their goals.
Gossy said that he had always dreamt about opening an online university for his country and to help the countrymen gain better knowledge. For him, this invention happed in order to clear the logjam in the country’s education sector. Gossy, who is also the owner of the SCN (Students Circle Network), an educational social networking site for the learners, educators and the several institutions which brings about 10,000 academic materials for free in a global basis as well as shares them with other students and teachers, is quite positive about his invention.
There are a lot of issues prevalent in the educational system of Africa. There are universities but none of them are well-equipped with resources to serve the youths of the country. The infrastructure is not good and also to set up something new and impressive has been a challenge due to the lack of funds in Africa. There is an increased growth of unemployment as well. Thousands of young populace of the country don’t have a job. Hence, the advent of the online university is positive about negating every kind of constraints and challenges and making itself the best alternative for the countrymen. There is no end of learning in an online university. The most prominent educators are available from all over the world.
To quote a student of the online university, “I actually do my school work at my leisure time not at my work time, it allows me to meet different people from around the world, I get to interact with students and lecturers and some seasoned lecturers from around the world, professors and all that. It’s good because I interact, I learn, I do everything and I don’t leave my house which makes it superb.” He believes that his life has become absolutely easy after joining the online university.
Duro Ajeyalemi, one of the professors of Science and Technology in the Lagos University, states that it is actually “a laudable idea” which will breach the gap between the interested learners and the education. Gossy Ukanwoke also believes that the unemployment rate in the country which has actually made Africa totally different from the rest of the world can be now mended with this online university. Also, the will of entrepreneurship should be there among all the youths of the country which will help them to do something concrete on their own.
Entrepreneurship can actually deal with unemployment. So, Gossy wants all to opt for the entrepreneurship degree from the university. This will make the whole country educated thereby bringing a good change in Africa.
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The MBA degree is probably the most revered postgraduate degrees in the job market. If a student or working professional is armed with an MBA then their future is considered to be ‘set’. In many developing countries, where the educational infrastructure is terribly damaged, students usually start working right after they finish high school. With poor educational qualifications a student can get only menial jobs. Some go on to finish their graduation through distance education but in the competitive job field a postgraduate degree holds great value. These students, with undergraduate degrees get good jobs but are discontented. They are extremely low paid and the chance at a promotion or pay hike seems bleak.
The minute employers see an MBA degree on your CV; they sit up and take notice. However, studying an MBA is a very costly affair and not everybody can afford it. But if working professionals got a chance to keep their jobs and study simultaneously, online, they would jump at the opportunity. That is exactly why, renowned colleges offer online MBA programmes. These courses allow working professionals up their skills and earn that edge over their co-workers.
Universities from UK and other countries are offering online MBA programmes to students in developing or educationally backward countries like Nigeria. An online MBA from a UK university will open up new avenues in the careers of many. These courses are popular because:
They are Flexible
With online courses, you can study whenever you feel. Therefore, now you can plan your studies according to your daily schedule instead of planning your daily schedule according to your studies. You do not have to attend all the lectures as you can watch or hear them later, when you get time.
They let you Work and Learn Simultaneously
Now you don’t have to give up your job to continue with your studies. You can earn as you learn. So, if you can study in the morning, before going to class or at night after coming back home and finishing your daily chores.
They let you Save Money
With online courses you can save a lot of money as you don’t have to commute. You save on food and lodging as you study in your own home. You also don’t have to cross geographical boundaries to go to study and you also get to earn as your studying. Therefore, your income grows as you study. An MBA assures better jobs. Here are a few sectors in which the career prospects of MBA graduates can shine:
- Management Consulting
- Financial Services
- Public Relations
- Investment Banking
- Investment Management
- Non-Profit Management
- Consumer Goods
An MBA is a very useful degree. It can take a person’s career to greater heights and turn their life around within seconds.
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