So, the dilemma is: How do I get the bachelors degree I need without having to give up the job I need? A difficult question! Fortunately there is an easy answer: Study online.What I didn’t realise about online education is that it really ties in with your professional development and present job. It’s just a matter of choosing the right course for your educational needs.With vocational courses, online education provides the perfect balance between your main job and studying. It’s integrated, and the online colleges are very much aware of both your personal and academic needs – usually because they’ve arrived in their positions, as online bachelors degree teaching staff, straight from the sector you are working in right now.My online bachelors degree is fantastic in the way I can access information, classes, and get more contact with tutors than I could ever have got in a conventional college environment. And the guidance from staff works. They know I’m working, they appreciate my time constraints, they appreciate that I am actually doing what I am learning, they appreciate I have responsibilities – both personal and professional.The course, or rather the way in which the course is delivered online, fits in very well with my job. Three months into my BA degree online and I’m getting more done at work, rather than less, which was what I would have imagined if someone told me I could study online for a degree and work at the same time.I’m saving money too. No travel expenses to worry about, and an hour each way getting to college would have equated to less hours work or less hours with the family so that’s got to be worth something!Still unsure about my choice of online education? Well let me tell you about the Virtual Learning Environment or VLE. This is essentially how technology puts all things you need to learn online in a web based setting.The VLE is both a tool and a philosophy. That everything you need to learn your online BA degree is readily available, nearly any time you need it. Classes, communication with fellow students and teaching staff, syllabuses, course content, lecture notes, research material, classes (broadcast both live and archived for future reference) and lots, lots more. In fact enough for you to study for your BA degree without having to actually step foot in a college.The whole point about the VLE is that it is easy to access, easy to use, and easy to make the most of to get the best from your online bachelors degree.I’m glad I chose to do my BA degree online at Kaplan Open Learning rather than enrolling at a college that would have been costly in both time and money. The only question now is whether I will develop my existing role, get an improved position where I presently work, or go to a different company to make better use of my degree – whatever I choose, it will be a step in the right direction.