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Friday, March 6, 2009

Brighter Future Through An Online Degree

By Andri Irawan

With the advances in modern technology, the world has become smaller. For students, the world has not only made smaller at the mercy of their fingertips but has also provided them with easy access to self-improvement through an online degree.

Today, more and more people are choosing online degrees because this is very convenient for them. It also provides them with a wide range of opportunities for self-improvement by getting additional credentials for themselves. Aside from giving them options for career growth, an online degree also helps a person to pursue another field of interest to make his or her dreams come true.

Reasons why get an online degree

The market for online education has grown over the years. This is because people have finally realized that if they can manage their time properly, they can do so many things, accomplish so many goals and be productive at all times.

Nowadays, the biggest chunk of online education can be credited to those that are currently working but still would want to pursue another career through timely courses. Let's face it, the courses that many people which have taken up in the last 10 or 20 years ago might not be as applicable with today's current trend. So to be update, more and more people are encouraged to pursue an online degree knowing that what will they learn today can help them to have a brighter and better future not only for themselves but for their families and loved ones as well.

Pursuing an online degree can be very beneficial to people who think that they are in a "dead end" job. In many workplaces today, there are a huge number of people who cannot get any promotion for the simple reason that they don’t have enough credentials that the position calls for. If they pursue an online degree, there are great chances of them getting that most coveted promotion. Since they cannot take an indefinite leave just to earn a degree in a traditional college set up, an online option can be a perfect option for their schedule.

An online degree is also perfect for those who want to jump into another career bandwagon. People who would want to switch jobs can benefit so much after earning an online degree because they can get the degree that is perfect for the job position that they are eyeing for. Given the right attitude, effective time management, and good self-motivation, people can entirely shift jobs and can have a brighter future ahead him or her through an online degree.

For those who would want to get additional skills and credentials despite finishing an online degree in a regular school set up, an online option is also suitable because it wouldn’t eat so much of their time, effort and money. This is an ideal set up for those who would want to get higher ranking jobs because of their additional skills. For these people, they should pursue an online degree that is related to their bachelor's degree so they can aim for higher positions without having to totally give up the other.

While it is true that there are so many debatable advantages and disadvantages of getting an online degree, it is up to you to maximize the potentials that this new trend in education offers. Remember, it is always best to conduct a thorough research before jumping into getting an online degree so you would know your limitations.

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad announces 'Nurture India Scholarships'

The Indian School of Business is a premier management institution established in 2001. In a short span of seven years, the ISB has successfully pioneered several new trends in management education in India and has established itself as a leading B-school across the world. The ISB has a strong pool of research oriented resident faculty and invites high calibre international faculty from reputed B-schools to teach in its Post Graduate Programme in Management/Executive Education Programmes as well as to participate in collaborative research with the resident faculty. The ISB has academic associations with the Kellogg School of Management, The Wharton School, and the London Business School.

ISB, in keeping with its focus on Entrepreneurship and on Emerging markets, announced today their Nurture India Scholarships initiative. The initiative aims to motivate and support its graduates who are keen to start entrepreneurial ventures or work with organizations in the development sector (social ventures & NGOs).

The School has set aside a corpus of Rs. 30 lakhs which will be used to support selected students through payment of their Educational loan EMIs for a period of two years.

ISB would initially support 5 graduates starting this year, through payment of their Educational Loan EMIs for 2 years. Those grads who have accepted employment in social ventures (like microfinance, NGOs, grassroots level development institutions, etc) and those who are in the process of rolling out their own ventures immediately after graduation would be eligible to apply.

Speaking of the initiative, ISB dean Mr. Ajit Rangnekar said; “The challenge of creating their own employment appears to be a much more exciting prospect than the lucrative placement offers by global majors for an increasing number of students at the Indian School of Business (ISB). With this in mind, we have instituted the NURTURE INDIA SCHOLARSHIPS. The purpose of this project is to encourage ISB graduates to make a more direct contribution to society through employment in social ventures and entrepreneurial efforts, and stimulate wealth creation in the country.”

“At ISB, it has been our constant endeavor to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives by our students as well as equip them to be an integral part of the global business community. This initiative would be another step in this direction” he added.

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