Business Degrees Are Perfectly Suited For Distance Education Students
When choosing a degree or field to study through online learning, you need to consider a number of things including not only which courses will fit your character, interests, strengths and passion in life but also which courses offer you a wider opportunity to land a great job when you graduate. If you are interested in joining the corporate world then a business degree can open the door to a wide range of opportunities. Another thing to consider is how suited the course is to online learning.
A bachelor of business and other business related fields are well suited to distance education as they have a lot of theoretical content that can be learnt over the internet. Most of the coursework can be learnt from textbooks or online resources, lectures and tutorials can be viewed online, discussions can be had through webinars or videoconferencing so that you get an equivalent learning experience as you would if you actually attended the events in person. Business degrees do not have a high percentage of actual hands on learning so they are perfectly suited to distance education.
Some courses are not as well suited to this style of education and they usually have a high degree skills that need to be learnt in person. Courses not as well suited include nursing or medicine where there is a lot more practical, hands on experience needed. Another factor adding to the popularity of online business degrees is the flexibility it provides which lets you to work around personal responsibilities that would normally prevent people from attending a conventional college. This flexibility and being able to study off campus is a great advantage to anyone who is struggling to manage their time between family or work responsibilities and college. You have the ability to plan your study timetable to suit you and can study right at the comfort of your home or virtually anywhere you want! However, enrolling in a business degree online is just the beginning of your journey.
To be successful you will need to be disciplined, self motivated and determined. To help with this you should have a good understanding of your goals. Where do you want to work once you graduate? How long do you intend to finish your online studies (do you plan to take a fulltime course? Or do you want to spread it out at a more relaxed pace)? It is advised to jot down your academic goals so that you are continually reminded why you are doing it and so that at end of every semester you will be able to evaluate how you are progressing. You can evaluate if you are meeting your short-term goals as well as be able to plot your long-term goals and timeframes.
Many online students know the importance of setting a study schedule especially those who have kids around the house. It is a great advantage for anyone to be able to study without going to a physical university but it does take a lot of self-discipline in order to achieve your goals. One of the factors why online students fail in their studies is because they have poor time management. Choose a time and day to do your coursework where distractions at home are at a minimum. For example, if your kids are in school during daytime you should set your study time when they are at school so you won’t be distracted. A syllabus will be given to you online by your professor and it is imperative that you take note of important information such as your instructors email address, his phone number etc. Also, keep a calendar near your desk where you can mark all important dates for scheduled tests and schedule of submission for projects and homework.
Children get to see those traits in many applications, for example honesty is in more than telling the truth as it is making sure you are charged the correct amount (more/less than shown on the register), getting the correct change back after a purchase (giving extra back), returning found items to the person you know they belong to, and dozens of other applications. The more often parents display the character traits in all settings (home, community, extended family, workplace, etc.), the more examples children have to emulate.
How can parents teach kids about character through their own actions?
Parents need to be conscious of what their character trait/values are and make sure they are consistent. It does not matter what the economic conditions are (easy money times may actually be harder to teach many of the values because it is too easy to buy one’s way out of/through situations). In many ways our society has lost the work ethic (diligence, honesty, responsibility, dependability, pride in task accomplishment/completion, etc.). Perhaps these times will see a marked resurgence of demands for a work ethic in employees. If people want to have a job, they have to demonstrate qualities employers value, not what the employees are willing to do. When parents lose jobs because of their irresponsible patterns, children may learn; a better teacher would be for parents to demonstrated qualities employers want to keep.
What specific steps can adults improve ourselves if needed?
Adults need to determine what character traits are valuable (important) to them. They then need to determine how those traits appear to others. The hard part is being honest with self in a self-evaluation to determine if the individual consistently demonstrates those traits. The individual may need to become aware of how (s)he sabotages his/her intent by acting/speaking unconsciously or choosing a short-cut to accomplish a goal. The individual must determine if it is worthwhile to consistently demonstrate the desired traits; if so, then (s)he needs to act/speak according to the standards (s)he sets for the self and children (s)he is trying to teach. This process is akin to the moral inventory step of any 12 step program. It must be applied daily for it to work.