Why study online?
2020 was a turning point for global economies shift to an online remote workforce, and it is here to stay. So why study online? Learning online is a great opportunity to equip professionals with tools and techniques needed to move forward in a new world, and help to prepare them for career advancement, demonstrating key skills to potential employers.
According to the latest study by Demos¹, Around 30 million people used the internet to learn new thing for work in 2020, 67% (that’s roughly 20 million) said it made them do their jobs more efficiently.
Did You Know?
Advanced degree holders earn a salary an average 35% higher than bachelor’s degree holders.
Flexibility of virtual learning
Not everyone can take time off work to study for a Degree, and some still need to travel for work. An online course will require just as much work and time as a face-to-face format, but the online format does create an opportunity to fit around your lifestyle and other commitments. As long as you set your schedule and communicate with your tutor, it doesn’t matter when or where you work on your studies, so you can continue to work and grow professionally while studying to improve your career and earning potential.
Time management and self-motivation skills
Your current or future employer will recognise the time management skills required to successfully complete an online degree level course. It is a highly valuable asset in any potential employee. By completing a course you prove that you can tackle multiple tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing work conditions, and are demonstrating that you can practice time management and are self-motivated, which are among the top skills employers want to see in new hires.
Virtual collaboration and technical skills
To be an effective leader, especially in the new normal learning to work with others online is more relevant than ever. Developing critical leadership skills and efficient processes, while making decisions about best communication practices is all a big part of self-study for an online degree.
You will practice making strong, succinct and professional arguments through virtual communication, and will be utilising digital learning materials, learning online tools and software and troubleshooting.
Your future employer will know you’re comfortable learning new technologies, building a rapport virtually, tackling tasks proactively and independently, and knowing your way around a computer and virtual workspace.
Critical thinking in a virtual world
Online self-study improves your ability to think critically about what you do every day with a focus on virtual environment. Potential employers will look to you to possess the ability to think critically in your role.
Mastering critical thinking will set you apart as an employee, demonstrating to future employers that you have the ability to think critically and overcome any obstacles that might stand in your way whether in in-person or in virtual work situations.
Considerably lower costs
We have compared 9 top UK MBA programmes²:
University of Edinburgh Business School £32,500
Cranfield School of Management £39,000
University of London £46,000
University of Manchester £45,000
Imperial College Business School £54,500
University of Warwick £43,950
University of Oxford £63,000
University of Cambridge £59,000
London Business School £87,900
Using an online route for a similar MBA scenario will be 10 times cheaper for example:
Step 1: OTHM L7 Diploma – £1639
Are you thinking about embarking on a rewarding journey of online education?
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¹ – Sourse: https://demos.co.uk/press-release/new-study-reveals-online-learning-boosts-average-uk-annual-pay-by-3640/
² – Prices valid as of October 2020. Source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/mba-courses/best-mba-programmes-in-the-uk