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Could online learning be the key to your career progression?

Whatever your employment-related woes, you're certainly not alone, online learning may offer a solution to this predicament

Posted by Joe Lawson-West | September 21, 2017 | People

Perhaps you’re struggling to rise up the ranks at work, or maybe you’re stuck in an industry you’re not suited to. Whatever your employment-related woes, you’re certainly not alone. According to a poll conducted by the London School of Business and Finance, nearly half (47%) of workers want to change roles. One of the reasons why so many people end up doing jobs they don’t like is the fact that it can be difficult to see a way out. Going back to full-time or even part-time study to enhance your skills might seem impossible if you have bills to pay and other demands on your time.

However, online learning may offer a solution to this predicament. This flexible approach to studying could provide you with a practical way to further your knowledge and progress in your career.

Fitting study around a busy schedule

The key benefit of these courses is the fact that they make it easier to fit your studies around your other responsibilities at work and at home. Rather than requiring you to attend classes at particular times and places, this approach allows you to work through your learning materials at a time and place that suits you. You may decide to study in the evenings, during weekends or perhaps even while you’re on your breaks at work. As long as you have access to the internet, you can study whenever and wherever you like - and you can work at a pace that’s right for you.

There are an increasingly broad range of courses available online, from training programmes designed to help you improve basic skills, to specialised vocational courses like the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) offered by Simply Academy.

By making study a much more flexible activity, e-learning can enable you to improve your knowledge and skills even if you have a hectic schedule.

Making it work

However, if you’re to get the best results from your courses, you’ll need to have the right approach to your studies. While e-learning is set up to be more convenient than traditional classroom-based study, it isn’t supposed to be easier. This means that to optimise your chances of success, it’s important to be organised in your approach to your studies and to make sure you devote enough time and attention to them. Self-discipline is a must, and it’s useful to create a detailed study plan to help ensure you stay on track. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. If you get stuck or you’re unsure of anything, contact your online instructor for clarification and guidance straight away to avoid falling behind.

If you find your motivation flagging at any point, try to focus on your ultimate goal and the benefits that your hard work will bring in terms of your career.

Your next step

There is plenty of information and advice available on online learning, so if you think this could be the key to your career progression, it’s worthwhile doing some research. Before you sign up to a particular course, get the facts on everything from the content to the learning outcomes and the level of support you will receive from your training provider. 

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