Whether you’re looking to progress in your current career or to make a fresh start, distance learning gives you the flexibility to study what you want, when you want.
The range of courses available is huge – Pick an interest and there’s more than likely a course that will equip you with the knowledge, qualifications and confidence to make a career out of it, whether as an employee or by starting your own business.
SUBJECTS AND COURSES
Let’s have a look at just a few of the course options for distance learning:
Business and management – A wide and varied subject area with courses covering key expertise that can be applied in almost any business setting. Learn how to manage money, or how to apply marketing and sales techniques in different settings, or learn people management techniques.
Web design – Creative options for those with an eye for design and wanting to either further existing skills or start with the basics of HTML and similar languages and techniques.
Teaching assistant – As a way of getting into teaching or a career path in itself, a teaching assistant qualification sets up the knowledge of child care, learning, and support needed to take the first steps.
Health and Beauty – A growing area encompassing beauty therapy, holistic treatments and management of salons. Giving you the necessary skills to practice in the field, a qualification in this subject area can be a very practical approach to finding work.
If you feel that it’s time to improve your prospects then with planning and determination the world is your oyster.
If a subject interests you it is a great deal easier to learn, which means that the right course can be accessible to even the most text-book phobic student! The range of vocational courses available is huge, allowing you to build on your existing interests and skills and apply these to the workplace.
In a competitive job market it is your qualifications and transferrable skills that make the difference between getting noticed and having your CV end up on the ‘no’ pile. So to ensure that you’re on some ‘yes’ piles and being asked to interview, get the right qualifications and learn to sell your skills – What have you learned? – Why did you choose the subjects? – How will you apply those skills and knowledge to the workplace?
SELF-EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS
There’s always something new to learn, and gaining knowledge is a natural part of being human, but when you learn to apply knowledge in a structured, goal-orientated manner, there is a real opportunity to make something of nothing.
Whether you’ve dreamed of starting out on your own or hadn’t considered the idea, it could be the right path. Decide whether you have the ideas, the drive and the organisational skills to apply your skills and knowledge to a money-making enterprise. If you think you’ve got what it takes, get qualified, and start networking! It’s a scary word to many, but all it means is making and keeping relevant, useful contacts on whom you can draw for advice and services. And word of mouth promotion is the most valuable way of getting your name out there.
Grab the opportunity to start out on your own or with like-minded colleagues – but gain the appropriate ground knowledge first and make contacts then it’s a case of plan, plan, plan!
With distance learning, the options open to you are endless.