When someone decides to improve their career by continuing their studies, one of the main choices they have to make is the mode of the programme: face-to-face or online. The decision is a very personal one, you have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both styles and see which one best suits your current situation.
BEBS is a Business School that has a large number of online programmes for students from all over the world. From MBAs to Masters and Postgraduates. We not only offer on-site studies at our campus in Barcelona, but we also offer many of our programmes online.
Today we want to show you the advantages of online studies, and for this reason we are going to give you six reasons why you should choose this modality.
1. Schedule flexibility to improve time management
Not everyone has the availability to devote a lot of time exclusively to study. Balancing a personal life with a professional career is difficult enough. Some people are also unable to study an academic year on campus.
Choosing to study online is a solution to this problem. It gives students enough flexibility to create their own schedule, compatible with the rest of their obligations, to continue developing their career without leaving anything out.
Obviously, this does not mean that studying online is easy, but it is a system that can be more efficient and accessible for many people.
In the case of BEBS programmes, you can attend live online classes with a pre-set schedule, where you share your educational experience with other students, but you can also watch recorded classes. They are fully compatible with your schedule.
2. Study online at your own pace, with your own method
Online classes will require you to do a lot of self-study. Although you will have teachers to help you in your classes, you will have to handle all the materials at your own pace.
This modality allows you to study at your own pace, but you will have to create your own timetable according to your obligations and the work you have to do during the classes.
You have to establish the best way to study and reach the different milestones of the programme at the same time.
Choosing the online mode of an MBA or Master allows you to study from your comfort zone: your home office, the café where you have breakfast every day, your favourite park. All these places can become your new classroom.
Studying online is more affordable than doing the same programme on campus. As you can see with BEBS MBAs and Masters, tuition fees are lower for online classes.
While that’s already a big reduction in the cost of your studies, there are also other costs to consider. Studying on campus has a number of costs associated with living in the city: rent, transport and food, for example.
If money is the limiting factor in taking the next step in your educational growth, choosing to study online may be the solution. The best way to increase the value of your profile without the costs of living away from home.
If you study online, will obtain an academic degree that has the same quality and prestige and shares the same values as its face-to-face modality, but in a more economical way, from your own home.
4. Get an international view of your discipline
Studying an online programme from anywhere in the world allows you to connect with an international community of students who are in exactly the same situation as you.
You will share your space on the virtual campus with professionals in your field who want to continue their specialisation in the same area but who come from different backgrounds. And not only will you learn with them, but you will also learn from them.
Have you ever thought about how your career would change if you worked on another continent? You can find it out if you study online, sharing experiences and networking with your classmates.
BEBS online programmes are a good example of this: professionals from more than 120 different countries have chosen to study at BEBS. As a result, we have created an international community of students and alumni, which opens you up to a multitude of new perspectives.
5. Upgrade your technological and virtual communication skills
Joining an online Master’s or MBA programme is a challenge because of the contents of the programme. It will also test your technology and virtual communication skills.
You will work entirely online. Therefore, you will need to be up to date with the accompanying methodologies and applications. Live classes, video calls with your professors and other classmates, computer applications to share your work, online exams, etc.
By the end of an online programme, you will have mastered knowledge of your sector and the current digital environment. This is especially interesting considering the current professional context that requires you to be up-to-date in this field in order to be at the forefront.
6. Applicable knowledge during your studies
As mentioned above, online studying gives you more flexibility to combine it with other responsibilities. In many cases, those who study online are working in jobs related to their programme.
That means that the content you are learning in your classes can become a direct enhancement to your day-to-day work. This means that you do not need to finish your studies to use what you have learned in your professional environment, as would be the case if you were doing the same programme on campus and could not work at the same time.
In this way, you will get more out of your studies, as you will experience both sides of the same situation: theory and practice. You will be able to gain tips and insights and discover new trends and learn how useful they are first hand.
Now that you know the 6 reasons, do you want to sign up for an online programme? BEBS has a wide range of MBAs, Master’s, and Postgraduates for you to choose from.
If you want to know more about a specific programme, please contact our Student Advisers team to answer all your questions. You will receive the best assessment to answer any questions you may have, as well as the programme brochure with full information.