If you are passionate about technology and really want to work in that field – no matter whether your ideal is to specialize in games, complex systems, robotics, mobile communications, networking, or anything else – then getting a degree in a related field such as an information systems degree can be a good way to get yourself on the career path you want. Of course, going away to college has its pros – the networking opportunities and fun experiences you’ll have for one thing – but also its cons, like the cost, and the fact you’ll have to effectively put your life on hold while you become a full time student on campus.
These days, there is a strong alternative to studying on campus at a private college, in doing your degree online. There are some very good universities that offer an online degree in CIS, and you can even continue on and do an MCIS online (a master of science in computer information systems) afterwards if you want to.
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But what are the advantages of studying this way?
Tech Employers Respect Technology
It has actually been shown that most employers these days consider an online degree to be just as valuable as one gained the traditional way, however in tech, where you ultimately want to work, a lot of employers will respect that you used technology itself to get your degree, as well as studying it. You will see applications of web and communications technology used in online learning and grow to appreciate them, even alongside your actual study matter, and this will help you see how technology is making new things possible in very real terms.
Graduate with Less Debt
Graduates with a CIS degree tend to have less trouble than some other graduates with less marketable skills when it comes to finding a job after graduating, but it is still nice to imagine you won’t be giving away a large chunk of your first pay check (and every other one after that for many years) to pay off student loans. Doing your degree online is much cheaper, and you also don’t have to worry about travel, relocating, and paying for student life because you can do everything at home.
It Can Be Easy to Do Paid Work On the Side
While you are studying, you can always pick up the odd freelance coding job or similar if you are able to by looking on things like freelancing websites. This can allow you to practice your tech skills and build up a portfolio of work you have done before you even graduate, but is far easier if you are working on your degree course on your own schedule than if you are on campus.
There are plenty of other advantages to studying online that apply to some people – for instance if you have reasons you don’t want to be away from family – however these alone are some convincing reasons to do your tech degree on the web!