Are Online Courses worth it? Will they boost your CV?
Today there are hundreds of courses being offered online, some are accredited and some are not, so how do you pick the right course that will actually add some credibility to your CV?
Research research and more Research, before you embark on any online course it is very important that you do your due diligent about the institution offering the course, research about the the course itself.
After finding the right institution you need to ask yourself, what do you want to gain from the course? Do you want to learn a specific skill or do you want to earn some credits?
After deciding on the above you can then go ahead and register for your preferred course, then the hard work start
Studying online is not always as easy as it seems, it needs a lot of dedication and discipline as you don’t have anyone to push you to go to the class but it also be fun
What is good about Online Courses?
You can learn on your own time – because you don’t have to go to a traditional lecture room, online studying gives you access to your course 24/7
You can study at your own pace – because you are not in a lecture room you can choose to study at your own pace, fast or slow according to what feels comfortable to you, this can make you understand better
Is Cheap – Yes studying online is much cheaper than fulltime studying at a college or university, this can make you save money and still learn as much as someone who is attending lectures daily.
You can learn from anywhere – Because everything is online, you can register for a course at University of Cape Town while you are in Limpopo and still get full online support.
Type of online Courses
– Courses aligned to professional development: These courses are linked to specific professions and are often offered by professional bodies
– Courses to improve skills (new learners): Individuals fresh out of school or university are new to the job market. Since they have little to no experience of the workplace, they add value to their skills set by understanding the basic business requirements such as business etiquette, report writing, communication skills and time management.
– Courses to improve skills (advanced learners): These individuals are already within the organisational sector. They seek to improve skills in their current workspaces and their future development.
– Courses to improve hobbies: Learners have an opportunity to learn new skills which they enjoy on a personal level, such as floral arrangements or make-up application. Some of them use these skills to catapult their entrepreneurial careers.
Do these online courses have some weight?
I would say yes, some do carry some weight and can be a great boost to your CV, while other courses might not be accredited, you still learn some skill that can help you do your job better, companies can also see that you are able to work on your own without supervision.