How do I know if my industry is accepting of online degrees?
I've heard some industries are more accepting than others. How do I know if my employers will accept my online degree?
It's tough to say. Some industries are very accepting of online degrees. Businesses in general tend to be; corporate companies often send their employees to get online MBA's at the company's expense, and online training for employees is becoming more common, so business is getting used to online education. Cutting-edge and creative industries have always been more liberal and thus more accepting of alternative education. Online marketing and advertising companies and tech companies are particularly accepting.
Some industries are very conservative and less accepting. These include medicine, law, and higher education. Although many traditional colleges now offer online programs, it's rare that one will hire a professor who earned a Ph.D online.
To find out about your industry, talk to as many people as you can in different companies to find out how they view online degrees. It's important to talk to people in different companies because if your particular company happens to be more conservative or more liberal than most in your industry, you'll get a biased view. Ask recruiters, human resources managers, and higher management--as many as you can reach.
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