Studying can be a major success factor in a professional career. It is already clear from the salary. The FAZ examined a salary analysis of over 200,000 salaries and looked at the comparison between training and studies. The statement: In principle, studying pays off compared to vocational training if you look at income over your entire working life; On average, academics only overtake former apprentices at the age of 31. In sectors such as IT or sales, it sometimes takes up to 33 years of age.

So it turns out that although you do without a salary for a few years, from the age of 31 to 33 you earn more money for the rest of your life. Job insecurity has been increasing, especially since Corona, and distance universities are booming. But what exactly does it look like?

Current study on distance learning

To get a better insight I show them Trend study FernStudium 2021 in the following on. The study particularly emphasizes that Corona particularly promotes digital distance universities and is largely responsible for the boom in digital distance learning. In particular, the online campus, online lectures and online exams are meant but can also be reached by e-mail, online self-platforms and video recordings.

According to the study, 96% of the 6,400 respondents are satisfied with the course and 63% find it equivalent to face-to-face courses. More than 66% are continuing their education in their current job by studying and are hoping to take a higher position and take on more responsibility (approx. 50-60%). To this end, more than 60% of the students finance their studies with their own money or with family money. The employer only provides support in 30% of the cases or is not informed at all in almost 70 of the cases. According to the study, 60% of the graduates surveyed were able to change their careers. For 55% it was a better salary and for 50% better tasks. The learning time is often on the weekends and averages 8 hours.

My new position as a lecturer

In Germany there are almost 3 million students . Almost 10% of them are distance students. But the field has been growing massively since COVID. One of the largest distance learning universities with more than 30,000 students is the IU – internationale Hochschule. I started here as a lecturer alongside my full-time position since April 1st, 2021. I hope to be able to help students get a degree here. I’m already looking forward to my first lecture. I will take on a lecture in the business informatics course. It’s roughly about IT project management.


Distance learning can be worthwhile and often leads to a better position or higher salary. The majority are also satisfied with their studies and invest 8 hours a week in their studies. I’m also starting out as a lecturer at such a university and I’m looking forward to my first lecture. If you want to know more about the university, then write to me!

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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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