“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” – Theodore Roosevelt
A high-level education has long been held up as a way to achieve your goals in life. However, these days a university degree may not be enough on its own.
With access to education growing for young people around the world, students are having to do more to succeed in life, and a university education on its own does not necessarily grant you access to all areas.
So what does it take? How qualified do I have to be?
It does not take a genius to see that the world we live and work in has changed dramatically over the last 20 years: but does that mean that you have to get more and more academic qualifications to leap over your equally-qualified peers? Or are modern employers faced with new issues that require different skills from their workforce?
Just what are employers looking for these days?
From talking to recruitment consultants and employers, it is clear that pure qualifications are no longer enough to guarantee your perfect job. They are looking for experience as well as qualifications. And that’s where distance learning comes in.
If you want to progress in, for example, events management, there are two options:
- Take three years out to take a degree in the subject. You will end up with a degree, no experience, no job, and more than $20,000 of debt.
- Start work at a low level in the industry, and while you are working take an online course in events management. You will end up with a high level qualification that you have earned while working in the field, very little – if any – debt, proven level of commitment, as well as crucial experience.
And if you were an employer looking for a new events manager, which candidate would you prefer? The self-starter who just got on with the career path they were committed to, working whilst studying in the field, using practical experience to back up their academic studies – or the university graduate who attended lectures in a closetted campus with no practical experience of the job?
What Professional Courses Can I Study Online?
The number of available online professional courses is huge and growing. A whole range of business and management diplomas, marketing degrees, accountancy, tourism and hospitality courses – just about all the professional qualifications you need to get on in today’s world are available online.
These flexible and cost-effective learning options mean that there is no excuse for not keeping up-to-date with changes and improvements within your industry.
Today’s distance learning options mean that you can steal more than the whole railroad – without giving up 3 years of your life and ending up owing thousands for a degree you might never use.