Unsurprisingly, Coventry University College Online is a little biased towards online learning (you may have noticed). Not only are there many reasons to study for additional qualifications to improve your career aspects, but taking an online course also imbues students with a variety of skills that could be useful in the workplace. Below are three common online learning trends that might give you a head start when moving towards your next career.
1) I.T. competence
The majority of employers ask for I.T competence as a necessary requirement yet, until the successful applicant begins working, the employer cannot truly be sure of their skills when it comes to basic office programmes and adoption of new systems. Online learning helps to eradicate these fears for employers by showing them that you’ve learnt in a tech-central manner and have experience using collaborative online systems. Combine that with any other specific programme experience you might have e.g. Skype, PowerPoint, Audacity etc. and the employer may begin to see the value of your learning mode.
2) Digital networking
The digital communication age is more important than ever, meaning that people who know how to properly network across the web are well-suited to the modern employment market. Online learning greatly encourages discussion and collaboration with peers, with the majority of courses including discussion tasks, blog posts and more as a source of engaging learning. Skype sessions with tutors and email correspondence may mirror the kinds of interaction and relationships you may have with colleagues in bigger national or multi-national companies, meaning you will already be well-versed in the proper etiquette of these interactions and will naturally know how to maintain good relationships even if you have never met the person you are working with.
3) Online learning shows a commitment to lifelong learning
Gone are the days where education happened in one large chunk early on in life. Due to people having more careers than ever before and the need for individuals to upskill and reskill, online learning is becoming more and more popular. This is not just important to the individual but also to modern businesses. E-learning is constantly being used as a training tool across a variety of companies who need employees with the drive to be at the forefront of their field. An Aurion Learning infographic shows that 40% of global Fortune 500 companies use some form of educational technology to improve the knowledge base and productivity of their employees. If your CV already shows a commitment and ambition to learn, it may put you in good stead with companies that care about employee development.
Online learning with CUC Online promotes new soft skills and gives you the qualifications to improve your career. If you would like to learn more about our courses click here.