Online Learning May Prepare You for Workplace Changes Ahead
Posted Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 by
Many people choose to earn college degrees online to make themselves more valuable to present or future employers. While an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree can indeed increase your marketability to many employers, the experience of online learning may itself prove to be valuable training for the kinds of work you may be doing 10 years from now — and beyond.
Recently, Gartner, Inc., one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory companies, issued a report on how the workplace is likely to change by the year 2020. (That’s just a little over eight years from now!) The report listed 10 major changes, most of which focused on how Internet-driven technology will likely destroy the structured workplace as we know it in favor of a style that is much looser, more spontaneous and more individualized than the way most people work today. More and more people will be self-employed. More and more people will work from home. And more and more people will gather online in “work swarms” to take particular projects, and then break up in pursuit of new assignments.
This spontaneity will be personally liberating, but at the same time require people to be more skilled, disciplined and entrepreneurial than every before.
Going to college online can give you experience in many of the skills necessary to thrive in the kind of 21st century workplace Gartner describes. For example, by earning your degree online:
• You will learn how to perform work-related tasks in a virtual environment. By definition, online learning involves going to classes, participating in work groups and submitting finished assignments via the Internet.
• You will work in teams with people you never see in person. The “work swarms” Gartner describes are very much like the web-based work groups that are part of your online education.
• You will practice home-based time management. When you go to college online, you have to set your own schedule and become disciplined in time management.
• You will develop intense but brief interpersonal connections. Gartner describes many future working relationships as “weak links,” connections that exist merely for the purpose of completing the project at hand. In many instances, the relationships developed in an online learning environment are just as intense but short-lived.
• You will still enjoy a personal “place” from which to work and study. Although work in 2020 is likely to occur on any day at any time, most people will still have a “place” that is their own and stable. When you earn your degree online, you’ll probably want to do it from a permanent “base,” be it a home/office, your bedroom or even your kitchen table!
Earn Your Degree from Everest University Online
You can prepare yourself for the demands of tomorrow’s workplace by earning your degree from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Working from home on your own schedule, you can get an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree in such fields as:
- Computer Information Science
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Investigations
- Homeland Security
For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.