Can you earn a management degree online and still be able to apply your experience to your work?
That is the question. For all the benefits of online learning, people often ask whether online learning can provide the real life experiences and scenarios that can be played out in the classroom. Learning enriches the mind in more ways than simply filling your brain with useful information. Online learning is, by the nature of its medium, extremely relevant to the way that modern businesses operate. In fact, as of 2013, over 50% of UK companies trained more than half of their employees via e-learning, making it a standard mode of practice in some UK industries.
How does online learning help me in my management career?
Aside from the obvious benefits of learning advanced management techniques, theories and working them through scenarios, the very act of learning online can improve your soft skills. Below are 5 skills you can master from our online BA Management and Leadership degree.
1) Increasing your connections
Online courses are largely based on student interaction. In our online management degree, discussion boards and forums become virtual classrooms where students can communicate, prompted by the course topics, activities or tutor questions. Students often get to share their professional experiences, offering insights from their careers. For instance, a question about how to manage conflict in the office could quickly turn into an experience swap about past occurrences, describing what went well and poorly about past conflict resolutions.
2) Become fluid in remote working
Increasingly, businesses are stretched from one country to another, with customers, clients and colleagues requiring more digital contact than ever before. This means that throughout your career, there will most likely be less face-to-face contact, meaning you’ll regularly have to liaise with people over email, IM and Skype/related services. Studying online, these services will quickly become second nature as you navigate through the online learning environment, discuss with students and contact online tutors, preparing you for any future instances should work require this kind of remote activity.
3) Get used to working on the move
One of the major advantages of online learning is the ability to work from pretty much anywhere via an internet-enabled device. As you progress in a management role, you will likely be required to travel domestically or internationally to visit partners, suppliers or other offices. During this time you’ll have to get used to working on a busy train or other transport means, and online learning is good practice for this as you can study your modules anywhere at any time.
4) Undeniable proof of your time management skills
“As a wife, daughter, friend, and the founder and CEO of LearnVest, my schedule is anything but simple. But I learned early on how to meticulously manage my time.”
– Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest.
Every successful person has had to learn how to manage their time effectively. Taking on more responsibility gives rise to tighter time constraints and, as such, adding another commitment to your schedule is a great way to practice your time management for future responsibilities. Online learning is also tangible proof of your time management skills, something you can present to an employer and say, ‘I studied this course alongside work and other commitments.’
If you’re interested in earning a Management and Leadership degree online with Coventry University College, you can view our course here. Request more information by filling out the online enquiry form and take the next step towards your future.