The best time to travel to the farthest corners of the world is when you’re young because once you’ve got a job, a family and a mortgage, it’s pretty impossible to drop your responsibilities, pack a suitcase and disappear over the horizon for a couple of years.
But, your young adulthood is also the best time to knuckle down and get yourself a good degree if you want to have a hope of getting a well-paid job once you’ve satisfied your wanderlust. What to do? Does it have to be one or the other?
Well, thanks to the internet and forward-thinking colleges and universities, you don’t have to make a choice at all; you can take your studies with you when you travel!
An Online Degree Is Your Flexible Study Buddy
With an online degree program, you set your study schedule to fit around everything else that’s going on in your life. With the exception of some classes that may be delivered live, most of your lectures will be pre-recorded. The live and pre-recorded classes are both delivered 100% online, so as long as you have an internet connection, you can study for your degree whether you’re Interrailing around Europe or WOOFing your way around Australia.
Most courses only need 10 – 15 hours of your time each week, so you’ll still have plenty of time to make the most of your travels. You can also choose how many credits you study for each semester and spread your degree out over a timescale that works for you.
Another advantage offered by many online programs is the ongoing enrollment throughout the academic year.
Study at the Bachelors or Masters Level
You’ll have the greatest choice of degree programs open to you when you choose to study at the bachelor’s level, but if you already have your bachelor degree and need more advanced education, you can still access some first rate masters programs.
Top quality degree programs are offered by world class universities like Rutgers, including cutting edge courses like the master of engineering in biomedical engineering program. The online MEBME program is pushing the frontiers of medicine, and graduates of these programs will have little trouble finding well-paid, highly rewarding work once they graduate.
Other career focused programs you could study include computer science and cyber security, business administration, and healthcare administration.
Online Degrees Are Eligible for Loans and Grants
Even though you aren’t attending a physical campus, you can still apply for the same loan and grant programs that regular college students are entitled to. If you need funding for your degree, it’s important to choose a degree program from an accredited college or you won’t be eligible for financial help.
All of the big name schools have the necessary accreditation, but if you opt to study with a lesser known school, you should check its status carefully before you sign up. The federal government maintains a database of college and university accreditation, which makes it easy to check the details of your school’s certification.
When you study as you travel, you’re making a really smart use of your time, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of securing a great job when you get back home.