The most successful individuals are the ones that continuously seek for educational and self-improvement opportunities. Luckily, technology has made the acquisition of new skills a relatively easy task.
What’s your New Year’s Eve resolution this December? Would you like to upgrade your skills in the year to come? If so, you’ll have to choose among several practical and easily attainable opportunities.
Obtain an Online Degree
Look for a relevant discipline that will give you opportunities to advance your career or enter a completely new field. Many fully-accredited universities have online programs that can result in obtaining both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.
The benefits of online learning are numerous. For a start, you can work and study at the same time. There’s no need to visit the college campus, which means that you can participate in the program of a reputable university that is located far away.
Many universities have online curricula that are identical to the campus program. The same professors are responsible for developing both of the learning opportunities. In addition, online students get a chance to interact with the professors and participate in group exercises via live streaming.
When looking for such opportunities to upgrade your professional skills, always assess the reputation of the college. Universities that have been providing distance learning programs for a longer period of time will usually have better-developed curricula.
Online Professional Qualification Courses
If you don’t want to go back to school (figuratively speaking since you aren’t going anywhere by acquiring an online degree), you can opt for another web-based skill upgrade option. Doing a simple search will show you there are dozens of professional qualification courses. Some of these are even available for free and they’ll give you practical skills to apply to your career advancement.
Online professional development gives you a chance to learn from some of the industry’s top representatives. Quite often, the subject matter that interests you isn’t available as a learning opportunity locally. Even if it is, you’re limited to just a course or two.
Online courses are more affordable and you’ll also get to “meet” similar minded individuals and professionals from all parts of the world. By getting a chance to communicate with these professionals and build relationships, you’ll widen your professional horizons even further.
There are various online academies and course portals that feature hundreds of courses on many different topics. Browse through these and learn a bit more about the reputation of the instructor before enrolling.
Learn a Language
Our world is becoming more and more globalised. Though many people speak English, especially in the corporate world, adding a new language to your skillset will be great for improving your professional qualification.
Just like in the case of acquiring professional skills or new degrees, you can learn a new language online. These learning opportunities will even give you access to some languages considered a bit “exotic” in the Western world. Chances are that you have limited linguistic learning options in your city or town. Online, you’ll get to master just about every language, as long as you choose the right course.
Improve Your Computer Skills
It’s obvious that professionals are becoming more dependent on their computers for the execution of tasks. Software and collaboration tools increase accountability and they boost productivity at the same time.
If you’re working in a highly competitive niche that relies on modern technology, you should most definitely improve your computer skills in 2016. Professionals that are familiar with latest technologies and that show interest in perfecting their skills will usually enjoy much more lucrative employment options than their peers.
You can find evening classes that will acquaint you with commonly used professional software. The same applies to online learning opportunities. Choosing one or the other will depend entirely on the method of learning that you feel most comfortable with and the amount of time that you can dedicate to upgrading your skills.
When choosing ways to upgrade your skills and professional expertise, it’s very important to make a practical decision. Enrolling in a class just for the sake of learning will rarely contribute to promotions or higher salaries. Be strategic and choose the skills that the top professionals in your field have. Start by doing a bit of research and take it from there.