Four Reasons to Earn an Online Certificate
The marketplace is competitive and many job seekers are endeavoring to gain an inside edge. One potential path? Enrolling in a certificate program. In fact, certificate programs are the fastest-growing credential, according to Inside Higher Ed. Wondering how a certificate can help you get ahead? Read on for a roundup of four reasons to invest in an online certificate, along with why studying it online – and with one school, in particular – is especially advantageous.
1. You'll be more competitive in the global marketplace.
Today's job market is fierce, and landing a job can be a difficult prospect. A certificate can help you position yourself above the pack. A peek into the hiring process in a recent report shows that “hiring managers default to saying ‘no,’ and that's reinforced over and over again by terrible job applications.” The numbers and percentages of qualified applicants for jobs is telling – a certificate further enhances your qualifications and will likely make your application look more appealing to hiring managers.
Typically, online certificates end up “costing less than a degree and requir[e] less time to finish, these certificates often teach specific skills or hone topics within larger fields – as opposed to degrees, which are more broadly focused,” reports Jordan Friedman for the U.S. News and World Report. Most online certificates can be pursued on their own or as part of a degree program. Additionally, one hiring manager Friedman interviewed said, “I think we're seeing quick certifications that can be applied to the work in a day-to-day operation immediately are starting to carry much more weight and become much more valuable for an individual.”
Online certificate programs are transforming the learning experience: “They aren't designed to be a replacement for a degree, but they allow professionals to learn new skills to move them ahead in their careers, get them up to speed in a new field, or meet state licensing requirements,” writes Ginger Dean for Forbes. There is no doubt a certificate won't hurt you – in fact it might give you the edge you need, especially in such a competitive job market.