Testing the Waters of Online Education: Reasons to Give Distance Learning a Try

Written by Zachary Chouteau

Online learning is still a relatively new format forrepparttar delivery of classroom instruction. And whilerepparttar 148168 benefits of attending a virtual classroom instead of a physical classroom are many -- ranging from convenience and affordability to better collaboration and accessibility -- there are still a number of potential students out there who are reluctant to give it a try.

Yet, there is a way to testrepparttar 148169 waters of online learning to figure out if online study is right for you. Unlike, say, parachute jumping or becoming a heart surgeon, you can find out without taking a big scary plunge.

While traditional colleges and universities normally require you commit to a full semester or even year of courses, that is anything butrepparttar 148170 case with most online schools. Without any commitment, and very little (if any) expense, you can decide firsthand whether or not online education is a good fit for your unique learning style. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

That being said, online learning isn’t just about earning a degree any longer -- far from it in fact. There are countless certification courses out there -- offered by top-tier and accredited universities -- that can be taken to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one. From graphic design to massage therapy, certification courses can lead to a new hobby and even a new career.

‘Personal growth’ courses also abound, and range from discovering your inner peace and improving your positive thinking to photography and screenwriting. While these kinds of online courses might not enhance your resume, necessarily,repparttar 148171 impact they have on one’s life can be profound. You won’t find a more convenient or affordable way to pursue some serious -- and seriously fulfilling -- self-improvement.

So why not give online learning a try -- or try online learning to test that career path you’ve always dreamed of?

Here are some reasons to give online learning a try.

Dream Big

You only live once, so why not look intorepparttar 148172 true dream job or career you would want most out of life? With today’s countless options online, anything is within your grasp – whether you’ve considered becoming a private eye, trial lawyer, or heart surgeon.

No one wants to be wondering years downrepparttar 148173 road whether they should have takenrepparttar 148174 chance on a career that they really would have loved. You never know what’s possible until you try!

Get Creative

Online learning isn’t just about getting a degree or improving your technical skills. It’s now an educational arena more and more people are turning to for art, music, photography, and other creative endeavors.

Atrepparttar 148175 very least, you’ll liven up your current life with a fulfilling creative release. And who knows, your creative passion might even lead to a whole new career!

Try Something New

As we mentioned, distance learning can be a convenient and affordable way to investigate a new passion, learn a new skill, or sample a new career direction -- with no risk and little expense.

Maybe you’re a receptionist that’s always wanted to try graphic design? Or a paralegal itching to get into IT? Statistics show that most people change careers at least once in their lives, and gaining expertise in a new field is a great way to test-drive a new career. Online courses let you sample a new field without leaving your current one, and can generally be worked into your busy schedule with ease.

Take a Step Up

Onrepparttar 148176 other hand, maybe you’re already happy with your job and chosen field, but would like a quick career boost. You’d likely be surprised at how much learning one new skill can impact your job standing. An accountant learning a new bookkeeping program, for instance, or a graphic designer getting a grasp ofrepparttar 148177 newest cutting-edge software, can make allrepparttar 148178 difference inrepparttar 148179 world when a promotion is at stake.

Resume Writing

Written by Steven G. Conklin

Resume writing is an art. You will have to master this art in order to land up with a plum job. Your resume must be your unique masterpiece. Resume writing has undergone lots of changes and has evolved overrepparttar time. Resume writing is no longer about telling your degrees and qualifications, ratherrepparttar 148043 resume should speak aboutrepparttar 148044 ‘real you’ onrepparttar 148045 paper, in your absence.

While writing your resume do not followrepparttar 148046 tested routes. Try to incorporate something new. Your resume could be your ticket to your awaiting success and recognition. Your resume presents you torepparttar 148047 prospective hirer. So take note as to how you would like to present yourself to a prospective employer.

A job offer attracts hundreds of resumes. The prospective employer has a pile of resumes stacked up in front of him. No employer hasrepparttar 148048 time orrepparttar 148049 patience to go throughrepparttar 148050 hundreds of resumes they receive daily. The prospective employer will just glance through all these resumes. If you have a well-written resume, it will instinctively attractrepparttar 148051 employer’s attention. Yes! It is possible to get a special attention to your resume even amongrepparttar 148052 piling resumes. Remember, a well-written resume always attracts attention.

Your resume is not a historical account of your past. It should concentrate on your job history. Never write a resume reluctantly. You should not write it just forrepparttar 148053 sake of securing a job. You should use a real enthusiasm while writing it. Your resume reveals your state of mind torepparttar 148054 employer.

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