If you love working with numbers, an online accounting degree may be just what you need to get a job doing what you will enjoy. You can enroll in a certificate program, associate program, bachelor program, or even get your master’s degree online. It may take a bit more time but you will be able to maintain your employment while you are learning.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing an online college. First and most importantly; you need to have self discipline. There will be no one to remind you to log on and do your class assignments. You will need to commit 20-30 hours weekly to studying and completing your class work, so be sure you can manage it. It’s tough when you are working full time and you need to be prepared for giving up some other pursuits to complete your degree. Flexibility is a huge factor. Just be sure you have steady internet access and a designated quiet place to study.
You will be using the same textbooks and curriculum as traditional classes and the emergence of web chats have made talking with classmates and professors much easier. Sometimes you need some feedback or you may have questions. You can use web forums and email to get the answers you need from your professors. If you are worried about getting less respect in the workplace because of an online degree; rest assured that things are changing in that respect as online colleges are becoming increasingly common.
Money is certainly something to consider and contrary to popular opinion; online college course are not cheaper. They cost about the same as traditional schools. You will however, save on transportation and book costs, and have the advantage of working while you earn your degree. It is a good idea to get certified in a certain area of accounting to maximize your job opportunities. Certifications include Internal Auditor, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, or Certified Public Accountant. Certification needs passing a four part exam in many states. All four parts must be passed within an eighteen month period.
Whether you are already working in the accounting field or just beginning your college studies; pursuing an online accounting degree may be a viable way for you to improve your employment status or start on an accounting career. Check out your options, enroll and get started.