The online world of learning can often be quite daunting for those first dipping their toes in the water. There is so much out there and picking what’s right for you is not as easy as you might think it to be. In this article we take a look at what to consider when choosing the best online course for you.
Know What You Want
It’s not just about the What, it’s also about the Why! Make sure you’ve thought beyond the initial stages of “I want to do a course online” and deciding what it is you want to do. After identifying what it is you want to study, the next step is to ask yourself “why do I want to study this?” and identify what it is you want to achieve. Is it to get a new job? To earn a promotion? To broaden your expertise? To add to your skill sets? To learn just for fun?
Once you take these factors into consideration and establish your goals, you will find that it greatly improves your decision-making when it comes to finding the right course for you.
Do Your Research
Nothing comes easily and the first option is rarely the right one. You might want to look through our category pages on courses.ie or nightcourses.com to get to know what is out there in terms of the area you want to study. Get to know who provides what and details of the course.
Dedicate some time to going through the course descriptions thoroughly and getting to grips with what the course is about. Analyse the syllabus and research it to get a feel if this is for you and what you want to learn. If you’re looking at certificate, degree or postgraduate programmes, be sure that the course is endorsed by a professional body.
What’s Your Budget
That MSc in International Business may look tempting but can you afford the €15,000 one-year fee? Maybe you need to make the decision that the time is not right at the moment and you need time to save some money so that you can cover the fees next year or the year after.
Maybe what you’re looking for doesn’t require a Masters and you find something online that is cheap. Be careful – it may look like what you want… but remember, you get what you pay for. Always check the institution that is offering it. Does it look legit? Recent studies have shown that there has been a rise in scammers selling fake courses. You can be sure that all the institutions listed on courses.ie and nightcourses.com are well established.
At the end of the day, if it’s the right course from a recognised education provider, unless it’s state supported, you’re probably going to have to pay for it. Be sure that it is within your budget.
Be Sure It’s A Good Fit
Maybe a part-time or an evening course is the right thing for you. Would that be an easier fit into your life and better suit your budget. If so, make sure you think about how much time you can give to it. You need to realistically look at how much time you can dedicate to learning every week. The last thing you want to do is take on a course and find that it is too much work for you and you fall behind because you can’t find time to keep up.
Some things to keep in mind are – does the course have fixed or varied study. Does the course allow you to work at your own pace? Are there exams? Is there a continuous assessment? It’s worth the effort getting a proper sense of the course schedule, workload and deadlines to enable you to be confident of completing it.
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