Are you considering an online university? Looking at all your choices? Fantastic. You definitely want to do your homework before you take the big step of committing to the right university. One of the questions you're likely asking yourself as you move forward in your research is, what do employers think about graduates with online college degrees?
When it comes to AIU graduates in particular, research shows that in fact, employers rank AIU graduates highly in some of the top in-demand skill sets. The recently published Job Outlook 2015 survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that these are the top five skills employers are looking for when considering new college graduates for job openings:
- The ability to work in a team
- Written communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Strong work ethic
A separate study reveals that employers rank AIU graduates highly in these areas: Per the 2013 AIU Employer Experience Research study:
- 87 percent of employers rate AIU graduates' analytical skills as very strong.
- 90 percent of employers rate AIU graduates' communications skills as very strong.
- 93 percent of employers rate AIU graduates as working effectively in a team environment.
- 90 percent of employers say AIU graduates are strong problem solvers.
Moreover, almost half of all the surveyed employers say AIU graduates are MORE prepared to perform their work than their peers.
One standout finding from the NACE Job Outlook is that it shows employers are very interested in "soft skills," those which relate more to how you interact with people than actual textbook knowledge. Anyone can be taught, for instance, how to create Web code. It is much more difficult to teach leadership skills, analytical skills and a strong work ethic.
In other words, you might have the textbook knowledge or the know-how to do a job, but so do many other applicants. What can make you stand out is your "soft skill" set, so the fact that employers rank AIU graduates and their abilities in those sought-after areas noted above so highly means that if you put in the time and hard work, you could have a leg up when it comes time for hiring. And while some students may have been hesitant about online schools in the past, these attitudes are changing. In fact, a 2013 study by the Babson Survey Research Group showed that 33 percent of all higher education students now take at least one course online, a 6.1 percent increase over the previous year.
Interested in learning more? Find out why students choose AIU.