Considering an online degree? Do these 6 things first.

Online education has made going back to school much easier and more accessible. If you’re thinking about getting your MBA, websites such as make it easy to find a program that’s right for you. However, to get the most out of your online degree, make sure to do the following:

  1. Ask your employer for help. Many employers provide financial aid or other incentives for employees who go back to school. Ask if your employer is one of them.It’s also a good idea to speak with your manager both to ensure he or she is on board and to ask about the career opportunities your degree may provide with your employer.
  2. Get advice.Talking to colleagues who have already pursued an online degree while working full time is a great way to get the inside scoop and hear about what it takes to make it. Coworkersmaybe also are able to recommend specific strategies for managing work and school.
  3. Contact your instructors.Once you’ve chosen a program, speak with a faculty member to get a sense of how the program is structured. This is alsoa good way to get more detailed information than you wouldfrom an admissions advisor. Ask for a sample syllabus to get a feel for the workload you’ll be taking on.
  4. Make time management a priority. Take an honest look at your schedule and figure out when you’ll be able to fit in schoolwork. If you’re also balancing time with family, this can be particularly challenging. However, drawing up a realistic schedule can be extremely helpful with identifying potential blocks of time you can use for school.
  5. Keep school work and professional work separate. Even if your employer is supportive, avoid coming in to work late or tired due to schoolwork. Your manager and colleagues will not appreciate it.Take steps to get enough rest to ensure you can still be productive at work while you’re going to school.
  6. Get support from your family. When going back to school, it’s a lot easier ifyou have your family’s support. Ask for help with household chores and delegate responsibilities as much as is reasonable. However, don’t forget to share your excitement about what going back to school means both for your future your families.

Completing the above list will help ensure getting your online degree goes much more smoothly for you both at home and while on the job.