Monday, September 3, 2018

How Can Online Learning Benefit You?

Whether you work for “the man” or work for yourself. Whether you run your own business, a small
business or a huge multinational corporation. Whether you’re happy and content in your life and
career or feel frustrated and stifled, there’s one thing you can’t get enough of. No, it’s not money.
It’s knowledge! We all too often think of knowledge as a means to an end, a hurdle that must be over
leapt to unlock the path to greater fortune and higher pay. But the pursuit of knowledge for its own
sake can benefit you in a range of ways including (but not limited to) the monetary.

Over the past few years online learning has boomed exponentially, and here we’ll look at just a few of
the ways it can benefit you.

Online learning needn’t cost a fortune

“That’s all well and good”, you might be thinking, “But I don’t have a few grand spare to invest in online
learning. Online courses may be cheaper than their campus based counterparts but they’re still pretty
darned expensive”. While it’s true that some online courses are expensive, it depends entirely on what
you want to learn. There’s a plethora of information out there available for free and even a range of
free online courses in a wide range of fields if you know where to look.  

It can change your career

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. If you’re bored and frustrated at work or feel as though you’re
stagnating in your career, online learning can help you to reverse your fortunes. It can give you the
skills and qualifications you need to start a new career in something different or help to unlock the
next phase of your current career.

It can help you to refine the skills from which you make a living

If you run your own business or work as a freelancer, then you know that constantly learning,
expanding your skill set and continually furthering your knowledge of the basics are essential to
maintaining your livelihood. Whether you’re reading up on Connecting CSS StyleSheets to HTML for
your web design side hustle or learning new makeup looks and products to help your clients dazzle
as a beautician. Online learning can help you to get more work as cement your reputation as a leader
in your chosen field.

It can reignite your passions

Life has a way of stripping away the passions that used to define us in our younger years. There’s a
song in the musical comedy Avenue Q called “I Wish I Could Go Back To College”. This is pretty
understandable as it’s a time when most of us feel the most alive. We’re constantly learning new
knowledge and skills and learning more about ourselves. Yet, as we fall into a job and a career, we
can quickly find ourselves in a rut, marking away the time until the revelry of the weekend is upon us.

Online learning can reignite our passions and put us back in touch with who we really are.

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