Weighing Out Pros and Cons Before Starting an Online Course
Do you want to make that résumé of yours meatier? Do you think online education
is the thing for you? Well, before enrolling do weigh out the pros and cons.
We all know the benefits of online education:
No need to commute
Study at your own pace
24/7 accessibility of course materials
Perfect for working professionals
Has flexible timings and
But before we rush into things and enrol for one of these courses we must keep
five things in mind.
How will your career benefit from an online course?
If you are planning to change jobs or eyeing that big promotion, then you first have
to check the job description. An added qualification, whether it’s a degree or
diploma, always creates a good impression on employers. An online course in the
needed field will help you sharpen your skills. Make sure that the online course
you choose is work related so that, the extra bit of work shows on the résumé. An
online degree is a major boost for the career and will help in your progress.
How do you learn?
First spot out the way you learn best? Do regular quizzes help you respond better?
Or are Q and A sessions more suited? Do you like to read and learn or do you find
audio-visual methods of teaching more comprehensive? Do like to study on your
own or do you like interactive study? Always make sure that you are taught well,
whatever be the course. Make sure the providers offer good support and a suited
way of learning before you opt for one particular course.
What technology do you need?
First of all, on what will you be learning, On a PC, a tablet or a Mac? Verify the
delivery mode of the course. You need to know the system needs so that you can
access the course with ease. The content might be a bit video heavy; accordingly
you will get the bandwidth you need to support it. Your equipment must be
compatible with the study materials. If possible, ask them to send you a demo
before you enrol yourself in the course.
How can you maximise your training?
E-learning requires more concentration and discipline than traditional learning.
Therefore, pick out a time for yourself when you can learn at piece and when no
one will disturb you. Devote all of that time to studies in your schedule. In that one
slot, make sure that all your energy is focused only on your lessons. As e-learning
is flexible, you will know exactly, when you can focus your attention entirely on
What other support will you need?
For various courses only the study material won’t be enough, you will also need
work experience to support your studies, especially if you are after a vocational
qualification. Clinical hours or work-based training is required alongside the study
material for a more holistic way of learning.
If you have these five things clear and have no problems with it then you can go
ahead and take on the course without any problem.