Originally Posted by WillWW
Online school is preferably what I'm looking for
but when I look up reviews about it, I only get discouraged. "Employers wouldn't even blow their nose with that piece of paper." or similar statements.
From what I've read on here, it seems as though the degree is just a pre-req for a job, and your motivation and willingness to set yourself apart from the competition is what really makes the difference. Well, I'd like to think that, but in all reality, is that true?
I don't want to waste any of my GI Bill money on a school that's not worth much.
Basically, I just want to know, is that online degree going to have a huge impact on my career options?
Hello there, WillWW.
You're 25, you say, and an air traffic controller. I don't think you're too old to get a degree. But I beg you not to spend your GI Bill money on a for-profit school.
Consider the reason for getting the degree -- if it's just "so I can have the piece of paper I need so I can get hired," that's a bad reason. And not only that, but a for-profit degree also isn't that good at serving your purpose.
However, if your goal instead is "to learn the skills I need so I can make a portfolio so I can get hired," that's a great reason. But a for-profit school? Have you been keeping up with domestic news? Because for-profit schools have been in the news a lot lately. For-profit schools spend the majority of their money on advertising, and on salespeople who focus heavily on veterans (to get their GI Bill money). Better to get your learning at a school that spends most of its money on teaching its students and getting them jobs.
To recap, then:
Good reason to go to school: to learn.
Bad reason to go to school: to get a degree.
Good place to spend my money: not-for-profit school.
Bad place to spend my money: for-profit school.
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