/ Asked by Bobby
When reviewing resumes, how are online degrees viewed compared to traditional degrees?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This is a pretty timely question as we see more and more people participating in online programs.  I think to an extent it is going to depend on the employer, the job and the requirements/expectations of the position.  Online programs hold incredible value!  The provide access to education that is only limited by internet access.  What an amazing resource!  Can you get the same education online as in a live classroom for some programs?  Absolutely!  On the flip side, there are things that are learned through hands on experience face to face and hand to hand with a professor and peers who are in the same classroom. 

If you are asking because you are trying to decide on which type of program to pursue, I would recommend doing some networking and information interviewing in your field of choice to ask experts what they see as promising in the education arena.  Jump in to the situation with as much information as possible!  Best of Luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 8, 2016
Of course it does depend on the individual reviewing the resume and their biases, conscious or unconscious.  In general, however, on-line degrees are beginning to be accepted as equal to a traditional degree.  As technology evolves, it is perfectly acceptable for one to leverage this technology to obtain their degree.  The same can be said for the work place and how, where, and when work gets done.  What is most important is to demonstrate your level of knowledge in your field.  On your resume and in conversations with prospective employers, talk about projects and internships, etc. that you have had.  In the end, an employer is going to be interested in your ability to do the job and not from where you obtained your degree.
Answered by Adele, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, April 8, 2016
If you have a lot of professional experience and have taken the time to return to school for an advanced degree, then most companies realize that online degrees are the most practical for those students.  For candidates with less experience in a given field or discipline, an online degree may reflect a non-traditional student who had to work full time while pursuing that degree.  In both cases, the effort that it takes to work and go to school simultaneously shows your ability to multi-task and that you take your career and education seriously.
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