There is a growing demand for online learning around the world as working professionals look for more flexible options to increase their education and remain competitive.

  1. Immediate rewards Instead of taking a break professionally to earn an advanced degree, online students are able to apply the knowledge and practical skills learned in class to their jobs almost immediately, meaning that students and employers don’t need to wait until graduation to start seeing the benefits of online education.

    Folakemi Abraham, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student, says: “I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned through my courses at the University of Roehampton Online to my work immediately. When I learned about financing and accounting and how to look over your accounts at the end of the year to analyse your profits and expenses and how the company has been going, I learned a lot. I apply that knowledge to my own business, especially when I take on new projects. I can determine if it will be profitable and if it’s the right time to do it.”

    Meanwhile, faculty members continue to help higher education move towards a model that demonstrates how diversity in the virtual classroom fuels new thinking.
  2. Flexibility is just one of the many reasons online universities attract more and more students each year. For working professionals looking to advance their education while continuing to work, online education offers an alternative that does not require travelling to a campus. Trends in technology have made education more accessible, especially for the increasingly mobile workforce. Thanks to the popularity of smartphones and tablets (coupled with compatible applications), online students are able to take their classroom reading material with them wherever they go, finding time between meetings or at lunch to dip into their studies.
  3. Global classmates Today’s workforce isn’t just more mobile; it’s also more global as indigenous companies conduct more business internationally. As a result, companies are looking for employees who have broad geographic experience and understanding.

    In an online degree programme, students are able to learn with and from colleagues from around the world, and build a robust global network of fellow professionals who often share best practices and offer different viewpoints on what leads to successful strategy. “It’s nice to read perspectives on a particular topic that are different from the North American standard I am accustomed to,” says Francis Richard, a Roehampton Online student from New Brunswick, Canada.

    Students like Francis Richard are the future of our employment market, and those who have varied expertise and an adaptable, global way of thinking could have a competitive advantage.

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