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View Poll Results: Online Degree
Yes, I would hire him with reservations 5 38.46%
Yes, I wouldn't have a problem hiring him 2 15.38%
No, I wouldn't even consider him 2 15.38%
As long as he has a degree, I don't care where its from 4 30.77%
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:18 AM   #31
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If you were an employer, and you had a qualified candidate interview for a position, would you hire him or not if he had a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited online university?

Or would where he got his degree from even matter?
Too vague, need more info, type of job and other background matters!!!! The University I work for would like you to think an online degree means your not a good candidate but I know folks that have received their masters online and are the finest kind of worker you could want. One buddy of mine got 2 Masters from Columbia in 2 years His field is Forensic Network Security, he's pulling in $150K 10 years after graduating from Verizon and they dont get any better than Mark.

There are many places that care about the pedigree of the recently graduated but if you can get some background in the field before you show up at their doors, usually they care more about your experience by that point. Now-a-days, I would worry more about what they can find out about you online on your bookface account than the quality of the degree you have. Quality is in the learning not the teaching!
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I appreciate all the responses, friends. Basically it confirms what I already knew. Character is important, the interview matters, skills come into play.

But it sounds like for most people the most important thing is intangibles. This will come across in the interview(s). I just need to make sure I GET to the interviews. Hence the need for one more check in the box - the degree.
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If you were an employer, and you had a qualified candidate interview for a position, would you hire him or not if he had a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited online university?

Or would where he got his degree from even matter?
ive done a bit of hiring. but im not the norm since a degree means absolutely nothing to me. unless the position required a degree by law i looked for qualified candidates that knew the job. degree is irrelevent if the candidate didnt have the ability to perform the needed duties.

you would be amazingly surprised when you do interviews just how MANY uneducated people have full 4 year college degrees. given enough time you could teach a chimpanzee to get a perfect score on a multiple choice test.

i was hiring a person to become our head of IT interviews usually went ok they would have such and such a degree from some university in computers or technology or both. i had each of them perform a simple test bag of objects that went in a typical computer of the time, network card, cdrom hard drive vid card piece of network cable step by step directions on how to make a cable.

9 out of 10 couldnt identify 50% of the parts. all but one couldnt make a cable. after 30+ interviews one person i found able to perform basic computer related tasks didnt know how to make a cable but picked up the instructions and figured it out...

he got the job.

you can teach almost everything but you cannot teach the ability to learn and how to problem solve.

i have always believed that degrees were little better than the cheap paper they are printed on without the actual hands on skills and ability to reason through a problem.

anyway online degrees to me are the same as a regular brick and mortar degree. what other folks that have done hiring think i couldnt say.
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As far as online degrees are concerned, make sure that the college is fully accredited ...which means their coursework will transfer should you ever decide to get an advanced degree. Otherwise you're wasting your money. Many State university schools have online programs now and, when the degree is conferred, what you get is your degree directly FROM that brick and mortar university. I know that the University of Minnesota and University of Illinois both have such programs.. The coursework required is the same as if you attended classes on campus. I wouldn't discredit these degrees in any way. It's the 'quickie' degrees that are not worth the paper their printed on.
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if he was 'qualified' as your first post stated, then I wouldn't hold the degree against him. It can be very hard for many people to sit at home and do 'work' when they have all the comforts about them.


What does he look like is my question
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It seems to me that the "whole person concept" should apply. As long as it was a real college, I wouldn't dwell too much on pedigree.
The pedigree of their degree should be only one factor. What does the rest of their resume' look like? Experience? Interests, what do they do when they aren't at work? What else have they done in their life?
For instance, military experience? It may completely unrelated to the job at hand, but it least shows they are trainable, they can work with a team, and they show up on time.
Then of course, what sort of job are you filling?
Are you filling a technical job where experience trumps the snob appeal of the the debt they accumulated?
Perhaps a staff job where fewer technical skills are required but people skills are preferred. Do you really want the frowning woman with the Masters in Gender Studies, just because she went one of those little boutique colleges back east? Or would the pleasant person with the Human Resource sheepskin from the state college be a better fit?
Pick the right person for the position.

Please note: It took a lot of people with really impressive Ivy League degrees and impressive resumes, dressed in expensive suits to screw the country up to the point that it is.
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Both my 2nd Masters(from Teachers College @ Columbia) and my D.Ps(from Long Island Univ.) were both done partially online and partially in person. Only hinderance was finding out after I had spent 118k (83k of it from a Grant I won) that the only Teaching Jobs that Colleges were hiring for were 37-40k lecturers Jobs instead of 65-75k tenure track Asst. Professors....


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Please note: It took a lot of people with really impressive Ivy League degrees and lovely perfect resumes, dressed in expensive suits to screw the country up to the point that it is.


Simply beautiful, well said.
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. . . . I just need to make sure I GET to the interviews. Hence the need for one more check in the box - the degree.
A good cover letter, showing you did your homework, know who they are, what issues they're facing, either specifically or in the industry, and how your skills and experience can be utilized to solve those issues, will get you your interview. Show them you can analyze, plan, organize, execute & review. Standard stuff, critical thinking, etc.

That said, it wouldn't hurt to spend time volunteering as a tutor, or whatever, in the field of your choice, getting to know people in the business, who would know who's looking for someone just like you.

A sergeant in the Marine Corp? Geez! Who wouldn't think you'd know how to get something done?
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Considering most degrees are a ripoff......why not?
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