Looking at Online Learning

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More and more schools are offering a wide range of classes online, offering more people an education without the need to travel to and from school, as well as allowing for a better fit with your schedule. Regardless of your career field, having additional education can never hurt when trying to find a job or advance in your current position. If you are a logistics professional, you can acquire additional training, degrees and certifications online. Here are some tips for looking into the world of online classes for those who may be less than familiar with this newer format.

In case you do not fully understand online learning, it is basically a virtual classroom. There are many ways that presentations are made, such as live interactive video conferencing, non-interactive pre-recorded classroom lectures, discussion boards, and other types of interaction between students and faculty. In many instances, the training can be accomplished based on your time and availability, while other courses may require a set time for interaction like a traditional classroom, but eliminate the need to travel to the classroom.

With online education, you can sign up for a full degree course, or just additional education or certifications. Decide which avenue you want to pursue and find out what is offered from the various online institutions. Do a little research and ask questions to assure that the school is an accredited institution. Sometimes you may get the training, but if the school is not recognized as an accredited school, then your training and credits may not be acknowledged or transferrable for future degrees.

Check with your company to see if they require advanced degrees and training in logistics and supply chain management in order to move up the job chain. Some companies do not require that, and so advanced training, while still a good thing that can't hurt, may not be necessary or beneficial in your position in order to excel.

Find out the full bottom line cost. Do not just look at the cost of the classes; ask about the full cost, including any tuition, fees, books, etc. before signing up. Like going to a traditional classroom college, you may be eligible for state and local grants and scholarships, so be sure to look into those funding options.

Pretty much anyone can get additional training and degrees these days simply by having a computer and high speed internet connection. So take a look into this avenue of learning, and expand your education and employment horizons.

Jeff McCormack resides in Virginia Beach, VA. where he works as a web designer by day. In his off time he is a husband, father, mail order book store manager, and musician. Aside from being a freelance writer for this Logistics Jobsite blog, he also seeks to assist in career choices and information by contributing to other Nexxt blog sites.

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