Are you a suited, booted, Don Draper-alike with the debonair wit of Wilde and the high-flying job to match? Or are you a Pot Noodle devouring job hunter who wears ironic videogame t-shirts and has the job prospects of a tramp-in-a-bin?
No matter – whatever position you’re in, there’s always room for improvement. And with the wonders of the internet, gaining new skills while you earn has become as easy as tying your shoelaces.
We’re not talking about rifling through Wikipedia – a site where you’ll read “Citation needed” more frequently than actual facts. We’re talking about the real pillars of education that can develop your skills, give your CV a boost and have employers piquing their ears.
So, what’s on offer?
Go the distance
Back in the bad old days of learning – when abacuses and dunce hats were a teacher’s main educational tools – distance learning was the clumsy uncle to “proper” university’s responsible parent.
Correspondences (undertaken by post) took aeons, your VCR would record educational programmes broadcast at 2am and the chances of getting any help over the phone were more remote than a desert island.
Thank your lucky stars, then, that we’re not in the bad old days.
Now, getting an online degree has almost become easier than heading to university. You’ll save on exorbitant tuition fees, travel costs, material costs and much more. And you’ll be able to study on the fly, fitting in your coursework in between your fulltime job.
If you want to earn while you learn, we couldn’t recommend a better option.
Learning just got MASSIVE
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been the young whippersnapper of the online learning world. Completely free, they give enthusiastic learners the opportunity to test a module that’s been specifically designed for those with little time on their hands.
If you’re already in a job that satisfies you, this could be your chance to develop your skills with a business-oriented MOOC. Or, if you simply fancy a hobby, you could delve into subjects as diverse as Japanese literature, the works of Shakespeare or even computer science.
Depending on which university MOOCs you view, course quality can vary greatly. While you won’t have an official qualification at the end of your studies, you will have a brain full of new and useful facts – what more could an employer ask for?
Titbits and facts
One of the fantastic factors of the web is that it’s a bottomless well of knowledge. Courses aren’t limited to universities – they can be set up by savants on YouTube, bloggers with a passion for their subject and in many more places.
Like some socialist’s wet dream, this information age has led many to share their expert knowledge for absolutely free.
Again, there’s no official qualification in this. But for titbits and facts, there’s fewer better places to go.