Juggling work, family, or both can be difficult when you want to get an education due to the rigid schedules of earning a degree traditionally. That’s why most people who are working full time or already have families choose to pursue their degrees online.
Whether you want to become a social worker or you are already a social worker but wish to receive a more in-depth specific education in social work, there are many online degree programs available.
Choosing the Right School and Track
Many well-known and traditional universities offer online degree programs in social work. These include Boston University, University of North Texas, and Kansas State University.
Universities where online education is emphasized — such as University of Phoenix, Capella University, and Fordham University — also have online degree programs in social work available. The main difference between these programs is usually in pricing, but it is best for you to research more in depth on faculty, staff, and even other programs before choosing an online program.
Typically, programs can usually be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Depending on your financial and/or employment situation, most recommend attending full-time so that you can attain your degree more quickly.
The Advantages of Online Programs
Studying online gives you significant control and flexibility when it comes to scheduling. This is because you do not have to attend actual classes — you can learn at your own paces.
All you have to do is turn in assignments on time and pass your exams. Thus, those who study online will have more time to work or spend time with their families in comparison to those who attend actual classes in a traditional degree program.
Make Social Work a Priority
While studying for your degree, it is important to give it priority over your current employment. This is so that you may obtain your degree and move on to a career you have aspired to do or, if you are already a social worker, more responsibilities and better pay.
This means sometimes turning down extra shifts when you have to study — or, if it is possible, quitting your current job altogether. In the long run, focusing on your degree can help you financially, emotionally, and mentally.
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