We all have a period in our careers where we feel like we’re standing still. Our career development seems to be stuck in a rut where we aren’t really challenged by what we’re doing and we don’t feel any closer to achieving our long-term career goals.
Experiencing a feeling like is often a good indication that you’re ready to progress your career forward. One of the most effective ways that you can do that is through studying a course or a qualification.
There are a huge range of courses out there, from professional to vocational ones, which it’s easy to get overwhelmed at. Here’s our guide to what course you should take to boost your career.
Option 1: Study an online professional qualification
Professional qualifications are courses that are designed to equip you with the range of specialist skills, knowledge and expertise that you’ll need to excel in your chosen field.
Usually offered by industry-specific professional membership bodies, professional qualifications are widely-respected by employers worldwide and prove that your knowledge and skills meet a particular level of quality and sophistication. Often, having evidence that you’ve studied a course or qualification with a specific professional membership body is required by many employers for top roles.
In the past, you generally had two ways to study a qualification like this. You could either attend in-person classes, in a school, college or university, on a regular date and work through the course, or you could complete the course in your own time, via post – called distance learning. Both of these learning formats were not perfect, with in-person learning in particular often ending up more expensive and tiring overall (especially if you happened to be juggling it with a job).
Then came the digital revolution and something interesting happened. The growth of the internet, with its novel ability to let you access information anywhere with a connection, meant that distance learning received a new lease of life.
Add into that the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, where remote working and social distancing meant that society had to adapt to new ways of functioning, online learning has exploded in popularity and continues to expand.
So, why is it so popular? Well, mainly because of the unparalleled levels of flexibility that it offers. With most online courses, you’re free to work through courses at your own speed and pace. This makes it perfect for fitting around the demands of full-time work, or of raising a family.