Learning and development in workplaces or individual settings is a key asset to any professional’s growth. From participating in courses to managing a project, there are many ways you can develop your skills and gain new knowledge. One approach is to invest time in online learning.
Already gaining momentum, online learning presents several opportunities for professional development in a way that in-person training programmes may not. It allows you to upskill and reskill, given the restrictions on physical classroom training amid the pandemic. It also keeps you up to date with relevant skills, at a pace you are comfortable with, enhancing your employability for new and improved job opportunities.
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1. It empowers you to do better in your job.
One of the clearest benefits of online learning is in its outcome — equipping you with the necessary know-how, ultimately improving your work performance.
Enrolling in online courses enables you to gain new skills, improve existing knowledge, and stay on top of industry movements. Jobs evolve over time, especially with global developments and the adoption of new technologies, among other factors. Online learning empowers professionals of all backgrounds to be better equipped to handle workplace challenges. With higher competence comes better opportunities at work.
2. It is much more accessible.
Compared to in-person training, online learning can be a lot more cost-effective.
Virtual learning platforms, accessible anytime and anywhere, can be used to dole out courses and assignments of various kinds. This drastically reduces the costs involved in the administration and execution of training programmes. With lesser overheads required to conduct these courses, they can be released at a much more affordable fee, allowing jobseekers greater cost savings.
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3. You have access to a myriad of learning resources.
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to online learning. From part- to full-time, varying qualification levels, and multiple modes of learning, the world is your oyster.
Whether it’s an existing skill you’d like to hone further or something completely new, online learning platforms are a gateway to a wide range of programmes and resources. There are visual aids, audio-based books, and tutorial-led assignments — fit for learners of every type. Maximise the benefits of online learning by tapping into free resources offered, be it educational videos, podcasts, or infographics.
4. It produces a higher return on investment.
From logistical conflicts to blending different modes of learning, classroom-based training takes a much longer time, anywhere from three to six months. Coupled with a lack of consistency across training modes, knowledge retention and application times may also lag.
Conversely, online learning requires 40 to 60% less time and increases retention rates by 25 to 60%. As lectures and tasks can be performed asynchronously, your workflow faces less disruption.
Likewise, the implementation of methods like gamification enhances the engagement rate, culminating in higher skills and knowledge retention by 40%. The use of scenario-based learning allows you to apply new skills learnt immediately, improving your muscle memory and the likelihood of using them at work.
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5. It allows you to be a master of your own schedule.
Balancing full-time jobs and professional development efforts can quickly take a toll. Between work, familial responsibilities, and social obligations, it’s easy to see why many are overscheduled. With online learning, you get to exercise control over your schedule.
Split courses up, take a part-time offering, or schedule them on the weekends when you have more time. Plus, you can revisit resources when necessary and work at your own pace. The immense flexibility and versatility afforded by online learning platforms allow you to accomplish your professional development without compromising on much else.
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The online learning market is rapidly growing and will only continue so. Whether you’re planning to learn a new skill in your free time or further your knowledge in the industry, online learning presents stellar opportunities to do so.
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