Online degrees have been around for a while.
In the UK, a degree in computer science is usually considered the best option.
But, according to a recent survey by the University of Bath, it is not.
The survey found that in the UK it is far from the best career choice for those who want to enter the tech sector.
And, the reason for that is that it doesn’t provide enough work experience.
“The biggest misconception is that having a degree is about going to the big companies,” said Dr Michael Tice, an associate professor in the department of computer science at the University.
Tice said the lack of work experience was also an issue, as there are a number of online degree courses that offer little in the way of work-life balance.
He added: “We don’t have a real career path where we can go and learn a new skill that will give us a career.”
Dr Tice said that the real issue with online education is that there is a lack of real work experience and a lack, in particular, of people from the local community to be able to help students get a job.
There are also issues around the age of the students, which is a significant factor in their earning potential.
The survey also found that more than half of the respondents said they would be willing to pay for an online degree, compared to only about a third of those who were in the traditional university system.
“There are a lot of young people that have decided to go to university to study computer science but not necessarily to actually go to the jobs in that industry,” Tice added.
The online degree can help students with a range of other skills that could make them better suited to the tech industry, including graphic design, digital marketing, web design and coding.
Tice also pointed out that there are many online courses that give a student a range to learn and grow in their own unique way, and that the industry in general has changed over the last 10 to 15 years.
“There’s a lot more opportunities for people to take a computer science degree,” he said.
“I think that the opportunities for those of us in the IT sector are pretty good.”
The UK’s digital economy, however, has yet to take off, with the number of companies with online degrees falling by more than 30 per cent in the past five years.
With so many companies struggling to fill the positions available, it has been difficult for the online education industry to gain a foothold.
“It’s not just an issue with the industry, it’s an issue across the whole sector, because there are lots of people that are really passionate about their field of study, and they really want to get into that industry but don’t know where to start,” said Tice.
Dr Tices said that if universities can attract the talent they need to support their growing businesses, then the online industry could see a boom.
“If you can have a system that encourages and supports a wide range of people and allows them to start their own businesses, it will really help,” he added.
“And I think that’s exactly what the online degree is all about.”
The online industry needs to be a global one, said Tices, and the internet has the potential to help boost that.
However, he said that not everyone is ready for a career in the tech field.
“The internet is not for everyone,” he told Al Jazeera.
“For those that do have a degree, it can be a great way to get experience, but there are so many people that want to start a business in this industry and are not sure where to go.”
So, the real challenge for the internet industry is to create the perfect online environment.