If you are interested in pursuing an online degree but have questions, consider approaching the alumni at your institution of choice to get advice and tips about the online program. From job search tips and professional networking to selecting the best program, alumni can provide information not only about the world of work, but how online institutions like MVU Online, UAB Online, or other colleges prepared them for their careers.
Ask college alumni the following questions to determine if the program is right for you:
How did your experience with the institution did help you find your first job?
It may be the coursework, or perhaps the alumni community that made the difference. The answer to this question helps you know how the program is going to help you with your career as you discover the potential employment value of your academic program from a working professional.
How should I prepare for online learning?
Online educational degrees are taking a front seat these days as more and more people are understanding the benefit of opting for an online degree while working as a full-time professional. This question can be especially relevant to students in programs that are delivered completely online. Former students can provide some relevant and helpful information about how their industry perceives the value of online learning.
If you had it to do all over again, would you go for another option?
It’s important to know if the alumnus has any regrets about pursuing their specific online degree. Don’t forget to ask about the opportunities or services available through your school that they wish they had taken advantage of.
Remember that all forms of networking, including professional relationship building, take time and not all alumni will be available to guide you down the right path. There may be many people who have already volunteered to provide information about themselves to future generations, through updated directory profiles and as guest speakers in your courses. Make sure to check for the reviews online, if available, as they can help you get in touch with the alumnus immediately.
Als,o be sure to check with the alumni group for guidance on identifying and communicating with past graduates.