Are you trying to advance in your career? Try online courses! Not only are they a great way to boost your knowledge and skill for a particular subject, but you can also include them in the "Education" section of your CV to make it prettier.
Of course, all of this is for nothing if you are taking the wrong courses, let alone courses that you do not enjoy learning. It pays to know how to pick and choose a course, how to do well at them, and more to ensure your investment gives you plenty of results.
That being said, here's all that you need to know to boost your career with online courses:
Where Online Can I Find Courses?
There are plenty of platforms out there that can provide many different online courses. For example, platforms like Coursera and FutureLearn offer free courses, some long and some short. They also offer paid programmes that you can purchase should they interest you. Other platforms also exist like UK Learns, LinkedIn Learning, SkillShare, Alison, and more, all of which can offer a wide variety of free and paid courses to fit your needs.
Simply put, there are a ton of platforms on the internet that offers many courses. All you need to do is pay a visit to each of these platforms to see what they have to offer to you.
What Types of Courses Are Available?
Generally, you will run into three types of courses.
The first type is the short courses and the MOOCs (massively open online courses). These courses can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few weeks. The second type of courses are micro-credentials and longer courses, lasting ten weeks or more. Finally, the third and last type of online course are courses that act as an entire degree. They are essentially normal degrees that colleges and universities provide, albeit online.
Do I Have to Pay For Online Courses?
Sometimes. The shorter courses are typically free to enrol in. For longer courses, you will generally have to pay anywhere between £450 to over a thousand pounds. This is because longer courses get you degrees, and degrees aren't free. However, they're what you can include in your CV, so if you want to advance your career, definitely opt for the longer courses.
What Should I Know About an Online Course before Signing Up?
Before signing up for any course, it is vital to do a little research about it. This includes learning who is running the course, what content is covered, whether there are entry requirements, what level of difficulty the course is, what kind of form of recognition you'll receive after completion, and more. The more you understand what the course has to offer, the likelier it is you will end up with a course that will promote your professional life and help you secure better jobs.
To summarise what we've shared so far, here's what you need to know. Before signing up for any course, ensure that you have the time to complete it and never overestimate your ability. After that, always engage with any live sessions if held. This way, your attendance records are good, and you don't miss anything. Finally, if you have access to mentors, make the most out of them. Get the knowledge you need to achieve your goals, and if your goal is to advance your career, discuss it with a mentor who has experience in your field!
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