April 30, 2010, Newsletter Issue #206: Preparing your business laptop for online study

Tip of the Week

If you're already working in the oil and gas engineering management field, you probably travel frequently. Pursuing an online master's degree in oil and gas engineering management when you're on the road with your business laptop can present some challenges, but a little preparation can make it easier. Before you leave the office, speak with your supervisor to ensure that you have permission to use your business laptop for online degree work. Then, check with your IT department to ensure that your business laptop will allow you to connect to the resources you need. Some IT departments block certain websites and web-enabled applications like instant messaging that you may need for your course. If you need special software for the courses in your online master's degree in oil and gas engineering management program, ask if it can be installed on your work-supplied laptop. Some IT departments may allow you to do this yourself, and some may require you to bring in your laptop so the software can be installed by someone in the department. Finally, check with IT to ensure that your virus protection and anti-spyware software are up-to-date.

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