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How to Make The Most of Your Next Semester Online

Many students are currently beginning the school year totally online, whether that’s children in elementary school or adults taking graduate courses. While this is a necessary precaution, it also comes with challenges.
Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your next semester online.

Follow These Tips for A Successful Online Semester

  • Take Stretches and Breaks When Possible: If you’re sitting at your desk all day, it’s vital for your physical and mental health to take breaks. Stretch your back out, get some steps in, and let your eyes rest from staring at a screen.
  • Focus on Your Set-Up: Especially if you’re also working from home, you’re going to want your office to be a welcoming place that makes you excited to go to school and work each day. Select a chair that supports your back and allows for height adjustments so you can be sure your computer screen is in your direct eyeline. Make sure your technology is up to date so it can handle the tasks you need it to. Finally, add some decorative touches to the space to ensure you enjoy the time you spend there!
  • Keep Connected: Just because you’re no longer face to face doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to stay connected to your fellow classmates or teachers. In fact, thanks to advances in technology, it’s never been easier to stay connected via our phones and computers. Set up a slack channel just for your class. Exchange numbers so you can reach out to each other other than when you’re on Zoom calls. Plan virtual study groups or happy hours. The resources are there for you to stay connected, so use it. When you feel closer with your classmates, school is more enjoyable, and you’ll have someone to turn to if you become overwhelmed.
  • Stick to Your Schedule: When you’re at home, it can be extremely easy to slip away from your schedule and enjoy your TV and couch. But we want to discourage you from doing that. It’s important to create a schedule for yourself to follow so that you still remain as productive as you usually are when you’re on campus or at a physical location. Create a schedule that allows you to juggle your responsibilities at home, your full-time job, and your class load. Break it down hour by hour, and don’t forget to schedule breaks like we’ve discussed.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

Georgia Web MBA Programs Rank Nationally

Recently, two Georgia College online graduate programs have been ranked as top online programs by both U.S. World & News Report and MBA Central. We are proud to hold these accolades for 2020.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, has recently announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. The J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to be included for both the Georgia WebMBA and the Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
The Georgia WebMBA at Georgia College has been ranked a Top-50 National MBA program at #40 in Best Online MBA Programs. We are proud to rank as the top online MBA among Georgia Universities, ranking ahead of online MBA programs such as Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.
The Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program has been ranked as a Top-20 program nationally at #17 in Best Online Master’s Business Programs. This ranking includes non-MBA programs across disciplines including accounting, finance, and logistics. We’re proud to rank second in the state.

MBA Central

MBA Central, an editorially unique business-school ranking and resource site, has recently announced its 2020 list of the 15 Best Georgia Online MBA Degree Programs. Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to top the list at #1. Programs were assessed and ranked on their affordability, quality of classes, and online support services.
Learn more about Georgia College’s WebMBA, Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Masters of Management Information Systems to make your next move today.

5 Signs It’s Time to Get an MBA

Maybe you’ve been considering pursuing an MBA degree for months, but aren’t sure if it’s the right time. Perhaps you feel you’re overqualified for your current job, but are hesitant to spend thousands of dollars and put your life on hold to get a business degree. Deciding whether to pursue an MBA is a difficult decision, but at a certain point, you must decide: Should I take the risk and go back to school, or continue to be unhappy in my current situation? To help you out with your decision, here are five signs it’s time to get serious about your next move.
 

1. You want to refocus your career.

If you’re not happy with your career, don’t be afraid to make a change. It’s never too late to change your career path, as long as you have the means to do so. An MBA degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to refocus your career into any business field of interest to you.
 

2. You’re ready to take on new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps you feel like you’ve outgrown your job and you’re ready to advance your career. Many careers require a graduate degree for advancement. An MBA will make you stand out among a field of competitive candidates vying for the same position.
 

3. You want to make more money.

At most companies, salary raises are sparse. When you’ve reached a point where you don’t foresee much opportunity for salary growth, an MBA can make a huge difference. In fact, MBA graduates earn an average of $27,000 more per year.
 

4. You want to develop leadership skills.

Leadership skills are necessary to thrive in any business environment, but they aren’t inherent; they must be taught, and an MBA program does just that. After receiving your MBA degree, you’ll be confident in your leadership abilities and feel ready to take on a management role at your workplace.
 

5. You want a quality education but are hesitant to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and put your personal life on hold.

If you want to receive a high quality, accredited MBA degree for a great price and without any interruption to your work or personal life, an online degree is the way to go. The Georgia WebMBA® offers students the chance to earn an MBA from Georgia College for about $21,000 – thousands less than other MBA programs. Plus, all of your schoolwork is completed online so you’ll never have to make any sacrifices when it comes to your job or friends and family.
 
If you can identify with any of the five signs above, consider pursuing the Georgia WebMBA® from Georgia College. Ranked in the top-20 nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” the Georgia WebMBA program offers you the opportunity to earn an AACSB-accredited online MBA degree at an affordable cost and without interruption to your work and personal life. Learn how to apply here and discover how Georgia College can help you make your next move.

7 Advantages of Learning Online

Are you thinking about pursuing an online education, but can’t decide whether it’s right for you? Before you make a decision, ponder this list and discover whether you might benefit from learning online.

1. 24-hour access to course materials and professors

 
When you learn in a traditional classroom setting, your access to course materials ends when the professor finishes his or her lecture. Some college professors don’t post their notes online, so if something comes up and causes you to miss class, you’re out of luck. If you learn online, a crisis that might cause you to miss important lessons in a traditional classroom setting will not interfere with your online learning. Not only will your coursework be available at all times—so will your professors. You’ll be able to access them by email, rather than waiting around for their limited office hours.

2. Opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment

 
Many students feel confined and constrained in a small classroom, and being uncomfortable can affect how closely you pay attention and how much information you retain. For some, studying and learning in a classroom produces anxiety, and affects learning negatively. If you learn online, you can study where you feel most relaxed and comfortable – whether that’s your favorite coffee shop or right in your own living room.

3. Makes participating less intimidating

 
Approaching a professor in a crowded lecture hall can be very intimidating—especially when there are 15 people standing behind you waiting for their turn to get a word in with the professor. Having a computer screen in between you and your professor erases the pressure associated with face-to-face interactions. You can let your professor know what’s really on your mind without holding back.

4. Low costs, high payoff

 
Graduate school tuition at some institutions can reach astronomical prices, forcing some to consider whether it’s even worth it to pursue higher education. Fortunately, online education offers high-quality learning at affordable prices. Not only will you cut tuition costs by learning online, but you also won’t have to pay for transportation or accommodations. Of course, you will want to invest in an AACSB-accredited program to ensure you receive a high-quality degree.

5. Convenience and flexibility

 
Convenience and flexibility are the primary reasons people choose to learn online and for good reason. Most people can’t afford the luxury of taking two years away from their jobs or families to complete a degree. Many people have important responsibilities they cannot neglect, but that shouldn’t prevent them from furthering their education. An online degree lets you learn whenever it is convenient for you. If you have a daytime job, complete your coursework during the nights or weekends, or whenever you can set aside free time.

6. Greater freedom = greater self-discipline

 
Learning online allows you the freedom to set your own schedule, but with that freedom comes responsibility. You must assume accountability for creating your own schedule and setting deadlines for yourself. Doing so may be difficult at first, but improving your sense of self-discipline is well worth the efforts. Self-discipline is so important in the working world, and many job providers look for candidates who posses that sense of maturity and reliability.

7. Opportunity to acquire 21st century skills

 
As more and more people spend the majority of their workday on computers, knowing how to navigate the web and perform basic functions online are becoming crucial job skills. By completing an online education, you’ll become well versed in computers and the latest technology. Equally important is up-to-date course content and the development of distributed work-group skills. That knowledge can help you outshine other candidates in a job interview.
If the advantages of an online education sound appealing to you, consider pursuing the Georgia WebMBA from Georgia College. Ranked in the top-20 nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” the Georgia WebMBA program offers you the opportunity to earn an AACSB-accredited online MBA degree at an affordable cost and without interruption to your work and personal life. Learn how to apply here and discover how Georgia College can help you make your next move.