Will this economy make competition for jobs more or less fierce?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by melid, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. melid

    melid New Member

    Will people be going back to school to improve their educational backgrounds, perhaps creating more of a demand for online teachers OR do you think more people will seek online teaching jobs to supplement their income, thus making the job market more competitive?
  2. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    I think depending on the subject taught, there is already a surplus of candidates for adjunct teaching jobs. Traditional PhD graduates are having a really hard time finding work currently and at some point they'll take whatever they can to pay the bills.
  3. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

    Interesting, I am wondering what is your position or opinion?
    Would you care to share?
  4. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    In my experience, the first thing people think to do when they lose a job is to teach if they have an advanced degree. So there is more supply of teachers in tough times.

    Enrollments tend to decrease for adult education in recession times and this includes programs like MBAs. Demand for undergraduate education tends to stay the same with the recession. Yes, there are people that become unemployed and go back to school but this normally means full time residential programs at state schools with low tuition fees and financial assistance and not your typical online course for an MBA program. People already working tend not to take courses in recession times as this cost money and there is no immediate chance for promotion.
  5. Mark A. Sykes

    Mark A. Sykes Member

    There was a PHD Comic about this recently.

  6. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    I'm not so sure that MBA demand will decrease. I'm not challenging you, but I wonder if there is data available to support either assertion.

    During the 2001-2003 recession (it lasted til 2003 in Seattle) I started my MBA specifically because I wanted to be more competetive for jobs. It also kept me from fixating about the lack of promotion opportunities, as I knew I would have more opportunities when the economy turned around, which was true. Others in my MBA program at the same time had similar stories. Most of us were employed, with some tuition paid by our companies, but some were un- or under-employed and were improving their skills.
  7. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    This is just based on personal experience, I teach some MBA classes and notice low enrollments in times like this. However, I teach evenings so most of the students are working adults and get financial support from their employers. I suppose that the lack of short term promotion might be a factor but also some employers might not be willing to pay for these courses during tough times. I don't have much experience with full time MBA programs but my guess is that these programs might be less affected because recession than part time evening MBA programs. I just got one MBA class canceled for this summer when it had ran all the time in the past.
  8. Go_Fishy

    Go_Fishy New Member

    People in MBA- and related programs are often sponsored by their employers. In tough times, educational budgets are among the first to be cut. This may be a contributing factor to the lower enrollment RFValve is seeing.
  9. lawrenceq

    lawrenceq Member

    People at my job have always been competitive. It’s sad to see some of the things that grown men will do to get ahead. I say yes to education and job performance, and no to mudslinging and cock-sucking.
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Your link wasn't working.
  11. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I almost shot coffee out of my nose when I got to this post! This is the quote of the day!
  12. raristud

    raristud Member

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