Online Degrees Don't Impede Job Searches

People who have received degrees online say employers are receptive to the nontraditional education.

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Several years ago, Becky Bravo, who had a bachelor's degree and nearly a decade of work experience, wanted to go back to school. A military wife, Bravo moves often with her family, and she felt a graduate degree would expedite her job search each time she moved. Unwilling to sacrifice time with her daughters in order to attend classes, Bravo turned to American InterContinental University's online program, and in 2009 she received a master's degree in education. Last September, her husband's job required the family to move from Texas to North Carolina, but Bravo's new degree helped her land a job at a private school just 15 days after the move. The Bravos will be moving again, this time to Florida, at month's end. Bravo is undaunted by an unemployment rate that remains above 10 percent and is confident that the skills she honed as an online student will earn her a job soon after arriving. "I don't imagine it will be too difficult to find a job," she says. "[Employers] expect you to be computer literate. They expect you to know your stuff."