Looking for a Career Change? An Online Degree Can Help


Looking for a Career Change? An Online Degree Can Help

Many factors go into choosing a college — affordability, convenience, flexibility, time, program reputation and more. But according to an annual survey from Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, more than half enroll in an online program because they want to make a career change.

When you’re ready to change careers, an online degree from an accredited, internationally recognized university like the University of Oklahoma can do much more than give you a top-notch education — it can connect you with leading experts in the field you’re interested in, help you network with others with similar interests and set you up for success in your desired new career.

Here are some additional ways an online education makes it easier to facilitate a career change.

An online degree is perfect for working adults seeking a career change. OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies degrees are flexible, designed specifically for people who work full time and have other commitments.

Flexibility: Learn when it’s convenient

An online degree is perfect for working adults seeking a career change. OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies degrees are flexible, designed specifically for people who work full time and have other commitments. There’s no commute, and you can go to class or study whenever and wherever you want — after work, on weekends or during your child’s soccer game.

Future-focused: Develop necessary skills

Online degrees at OU provide you with much more than a diploma. Each degree program prepares you with skills employers want, such as critical thinking, research, writing and leadership. Because online programs are focused on your future success, you’ll be ready to put these skills to work the minute you start your new career.

Learn from experts: Most instructors work in the field

Many online colleges, PACS included, hire faculty who work in the field they are teaching. Learning from recognized leaders in your area of study means you’ll get up-to-date information in the classroom, learning cutting-edge information that will help in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to ask all the questions you want from an expert, and you might even get a head start on networking to land your dream job.

Get tips from alumni: See where your degree can take you

Most accredited universities have a strong alumni network. When you get your degree from a top-tier university like OU, you’ll have a group of former students you can connect with. You can reach out to them for tips on balancing school with life, how to make the best of your online degree and how their degrees helped them make their own career changes. By listening to their stories, you’ll be inspired to make your hopes of a career change a reality.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a career change? Take a look at degree programs offered by the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies, and see which one might get you where you want to be.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.