What are short courses and are they worth it?

What are short courses and are they worth it?
25 October 2018    Lisa Clark    0 comments
With so many options on how to further your study it’s easy to get confused about whether you should get a full degree or just take a short course to get your foot in the door of your chosen field of learning.
Short courses are your chance to get specific skills training in a shorter amount of time than a degree and they usually lean towards more practical skills than mountains of theory which you will usually find in a university degree. While they both have their pros and cons, short courses are a valuable way of showing potential employers that you are proactive and that you value continued learning, plus, it’s also a great way to unlock job prospects and new career ventures.
Here are the top reasons that you should think about taking a short course.  

1. You will gain valuable qualifications that will help set you apart from other job seekers

New skills are always appreciated in the workplace and employers are increasingly looking for employees that demonstrate initiative and drive, and short courses allow you to not only learn new skills, but ways of thinking which will only help you in your future endeavours. A lot of short courses can also give you credit towards a diploma if you decide to do that in the future or a nationally recognised certificate which shows that you attended and completed the course, which is invaluable when you are applying for jobs in the future. Not only will it separate you from your peers, it will with also immediately give you the confidence you need to get the job done from the get-go.   

2. It gives you the chance to taste test a career path

Most of us don’t exactly know what we want to do with our lives let alone what we want to study and commit to for the next 3-4 years, so a short course is a great way to test the waters and see if the career path you are on, is right for you. It’s a chance to stimulate your mind and learn something new which will assist you when the times right to build a naturally successful career towards one that you love because you know what the study and job involves straight away. Each and every action you take to improve yourself and your study will eventually pay off even if it seems a little daunting right now.   

3. It gives you a chance to have fun and further your interests

Have you ever thought about turning your hobby or interests into a full time job? Well, in this day and age it’s a more viable than ever. There has been a huge shift within the digital space and the rise of social media, resulting with an influx of new and exciting jobs which once would have been nothing more than hobbies or ‘questionable’ job paths 8 – 10 years ago.  Now you can blog, run other peoples social media accounts and shoot full time photography and have your work seen by millions of people worldwide. Crazy right? So don’t discount your passions and hobbies as just that, with the help of a short course you could even start your own business! The short course really is what you make of it. 

4. You can study at your own pace

If you chose to do a short course online then one of the major positives for anyone time poor is that you’ll be able to study at your own pace, courses are flexible and you’ll have the opportunity to organize your work as you see fit and let the course work for you. 

5. You’ll embrace a unique study experience 

Short courses are adapted to meet the diverse needs of all students, meaning unlike your schooling or a university degree the courses are designed to encompass all learning styles such as auditory learners, visual learners and kinaesthetic learners through different course materials such as print, audio, discussions and written essays.

A short course could be the perfect way to shine in your next learning phase. It will be a way to increase your confidence, your skill set and challenge yourself to go that little bit further.
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Lisa.jpg Bondi-based freelance journalist, blogger & #girlboss, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. Through this lifestyle, Lisa creates beautiful and inspiring content across her Instagram @iamlisaclark and her blog www.lisaclark.com.
When she isn't writing for Skillsroad you can find her at the beach with her dog Levi or working on her Social Media Company We Are The Hunted, shooting (and eating) food for her hospitality clients.


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