Distance education is not a recent phenomenon or development in the realm of education. Any universities and institutions have been offering distance education for many decades. The number of students continuing their education through distance education and its hybrid varieties has only increased in the recent years. Of late, after the onset of global recession, the enrollment numbers for degree and non degree distance education programs have risen exponentially. Knowledge gained through education and knowledge improvement through enhancement courses have become the benchmarks of assessment for most of the employers.
People who have not had the opportunity to complete or pursue advanced levels of education are under a serious threat of not being employable n the present times. In spite of real life work experience, these people are getting overtaken by qualified candidates. The best way for such people to overcome their predicament is by opting for distance education programs. There is no dearth in the numbers of institutions, colleges and universities that offer distance education; almost all of them have such programs. People will have to identify the right type of course/degree that matches their existing skill sets and knowledge and enroll themselves for it. They will also need to identify and select the right institution through which they will complete their distance education.
When it comes to selecting the institution, people will have to be willing to invest some time and effort in researching all the available options to them. Apart from electing the relevant courses, which can further their employability, people will also need to verify the credentials of the institution that is offering the distance education course. There are many institutions with lesser and sometimes even disreputable credentials that offer these courses. Not only are the courses offered by such institutions unrecognized, people who enroll themselves for such courses stand to lose, time, money and effort at the end of it all.
Usually, the list of accredited and recognized institutions, which are eligible to offer distance education courses, is published by the respective governments. People will have to stick to a choice within this list, to safeguard themselves against duplicity. Apart from this step, people will also need to broaden their scope of knowledge and expertise. Distance education is an ideal platform to improve upon the knowledge by opting for various courses and even degrees that ensure career progression. This is apart from increasing their core competencies; people will have to opt for relevant non core courses, which can enhance their career progression.