Whether you are thinking of simply broadening your horizon or launching a new career, it’s never been easier to learn. Welcome to the age of online education! You don’t need to take any admission tests or pay jaw-dropping amount of investment to access knowledge.
Many mums find it intimidating to go back to work after raising a family but it’s nothing you can’t handle and there are many tools available to you to guide you through your new journey.
If you want to do more for your own personal or professional development but are not sure how to get started, here are some tips to help you get started when studying for a new career.
1. Deciding The Type of Program to Pursue
Getting a degree can now all be done in the comfort of your own home. You can go for an accredited postgraduate degree, a certificate, or simple bootcamps. It is entirely up to you. So how do you decide what type of programs to go for?
If your field of expertise is more specialised (nursing, for instance) and you simply want to find programs to help you further advance your career, then you can go for a masters program in the same field or take on adhoc courses about specific topics.
If you are not sure exactly what you want to do or want to explore a broad range of options, you might want to consider getting an online MBA in Australia.
If you simply want to obtain or improve certain technical skills (coding, Microsoft Excel, etc.), then you can find a variety of online platforms or bootcamps.
Or you can do a combination of the above. Ask yourself what you want your learning to help you accomplish and let that guide your decision.
2. Building Your Syllabus & Plan
Most online programs will have instructors, mentors, or career advisers available. Actively engaging with them before, during, and after the program will help guide you on your course decisions, find relevant extracurricular activities, and determine how you can make the most of the program.
An important part of learning comes from interactions with peers and instructors/professors. You can still expand your network both online and offline. Take the initiative to reach out to like-minded people you meet during your studies either directly on the platform or by creating LinkedIn groups. Be proactive about asking what others are doing to maximise their learning so you can do the same.
3. Staying On Course and Motivated
Since you are not going to a physical location to study, it does require more self-discipline to dedicate the required time each day to studying. Making new friends and staying connected to your peers who could keep you in check is one way to ensure you work hard until the finish line.
In addition, ask your family for help and do daily affirmations if needed to remind yourself of why you are doing this. Having a daily productivity planner might be a good idea too.
4. Finding Opportunities to Apply Your Learning
If you want to take your learning to the next level, find internship opportunities or projects (or even competitions!) you can sign up for to apply what you’ve just learned. Doing so will help you create a portfolio of your work that you can share with future employers, making yourself a much more attractive candidate.
You can more easily kickstart your career through an internship after you ‘graduate’ if you have some real-life experience under your belt. It is also a great way for you to learn whether or not the field is something you want to pursue long-term.
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