Online Telecommunications Degrees

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School Surprises

"Ease Of Being Able To Take Your Time And Work At Your Own Pace...
The ease of being able to take your time and work at your own pace no matter how busy your schedule is." (Technical Support Specialist; 2014)

Career: 16 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Business Admin at Berkeley College in New York; completed Bachelor degree

"Time Management Is Key...
I was surprised to learn that online courses are actually more difficult than classroom courses since there is no structure and the time management aspect of your education is completely dependant on you. I procrastinated, got distracted and blew off some of my assignments because I couldn't focus and dedicate the time to my studies that I needed." (Communications System Technician; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied Electrical Engineering at ITT Technical Institute in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2010

"Objective, Not Subjective...
I was surprised at how simple the coursework could be. Because online study tends to be very fact-based, it felt much more objective. Written work tended to be very cut and dried, as well." (Customer Service Representative; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied General Studies at Rio Salado in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2012

"I Could Find The Time...
It surprised me that I could find time to study at any time. It also surprised me that I could work a day job while studying and still complete my certifications." (Help Desk Analyst 2; 2014)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied IT at TechSkills in Ohio; completed Certificate degree in 2004

"Easier To Complete...
I was surprised at how easy it was to go to class and complete the assignments. I enjoyed being able to make my own schedule. It allowed me to complete the course on my own time." (Technical Support Coordinator; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Maine, male
School: Studied A+ Certification at TechSkills Of California in California; completed Certificate degree in 2012

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Best School Tips

"Set Aside Enough Time...
Make a schedule. Fit in what you need to keep yourself employed, but always set aside a couple of hours a day to progress with your online studies." (Help Desk Analyst 2; 2014)

"Planning Is Critical...
Time management is critical! Always make a point of planning out your deadlines well in advance of when they actually occur. This way, if you have a technology meltdown, you're still ahead of the curve." (Customer Service Representative; 2014)

"Participate, Participate, Participate...
Be sure to meet all deadlines and check daily for information that may be posted. Participate, Participate, Participate." (Technical Support Specialist; 2014)

"How To Make Sure You Succeed...
Set aside time each day to complete at least one assignment." (Technical Support Coordinator; 2014)

"Don't Hesitate To Ask For Help...
Stay in constant contact with your instructors. They have helped students just like you with every problem you could imagine. Don't think that your issues are unique. Your instructors have mentored hundreds of students through the online classroom process and can give valuable advice." (Communications System Technician; 2013)