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Guide to eLearning, Upskilling & Studying for a Career Change

eLearning, an overview
eLearning (also known as online learning, distance learning or virtual learning), is the process of studying for a qualification, course or learning about a subject via an online platform. The term eLearning was coined in the late 1990s, during a CBT systems seminar, and we’ve been using it ever since.
There are a wide range of qualifications, courses and topics that you can choose to study, all at varying levels of expertise.
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If you’re considering a career change, or want to upskill to work towards a promotion at work, studying online or in a classroom with a professional trainer is a great way to get your qualifications. Be sure to choose a reputable organisation, with a good amount of experience, great reviews, internationally recognised qualifications and high-quality trainers.
e-Careers is an award-winning, long-standing, professional provider of education courses and qualifications, with online and classrooms-based options for all. We’ve helped over 500,000 delegates around the world through online studying and we have over 15 years’ experience in this industry.

Benefits of eLearning

Online courses have made studying more accessible than ever before. This is especially true for those with demanding work schedules, or families and homes to take care of. Often our busy lives can cause us to put our plans to learn something new on hold, and years can pass by before we get the chance to pick up the idea of studying again. 

It’s hard to work full-time and attend a college or university class, but online courses have made learning in a busy environment, much easier! You’ll have the freedom to study where and how you like, if you have an internet connection and a laptop. This means that you can study on your daily commute, on your lunch break, in the evenings or at weekends.

eLearning often means individuals can pass their qualifications easier and in a timeframe which works best for them. This means that you can gain your qualifications, while still attending work, school or shuffle it in between family responsibilities. 

Other benefits of online learning, including:

Gain a recognised accreditation while working – If you’re currently working but looking to either up-skill or change career, it can be hard to study and work. Having the option to learn from home greatly helps you with this and provides a framework to become accredited in your own time.
Course materials
Access to course materials – Most institutions allow you to use the course materials for a significant time, such as 12 - 15 months. This gives you a good amount of time to use and learn the materials provided, until the end of your course.
Course tutors
Access to industry specific course tutors – When you enrol on a course with e-Careers you’ll have help at every step of the way. There may be times you need help or advice, and this is when the guidance from a course tutor is invaluable.
Career growth
Fast-track your career growth. You can study from such a range of courses, that you will be able to find something that suits your situation. If you’re looking to move into a career or grow within a career you are already in, this is a great way to get the knowledge and practical skills needed. You will also have the option to study more advanced courses too, giving you grounds from a promotion and pay-rise.

Whatever your reason for choosing to study is (change of career or upskilling for your current job), enrol on an online course with e-Careers today, and plan aside whatever time you can spare to get accredited in the area of your choice. Check out our Top 10 reasons to try eLearing

Upskilling: What it is and how it can benefit you

Upskilling puts a focus on continuous learning for employees and is quickly becoming a necessary part of progression within a company. It helps employees gain the skills they currently don’t have, to do a job they either need to do or want to do in the future. Upskilling has been a real buzzword for organisations since 2018 and has been used to help fill company skills-gaps internally.

Upskilling is a great way for you to study and gain a qualification in the professional field you work in. These qualifications will help you to gain the skills, knowledge and techniques required for more senior job roles, and will prepare you to take on higher level job roles through a promotion. 

Companies are often happy to pay for employees looking to gain new skills that can help them within their existing job roles, or that will help fill a skills-gap within the organisation. If your company is happy to finance a qualification for you or your colleagues, please get in touch with our Learning and Development Consultant Tracey Kyte, on +44 (0) 203 198 7600 or email tracey.k@e-careers.com.   

An example of how upskilling might work in your organisation has been outline below. 

Imagine being the only employee responsible for marketing in your office. As the marketing manager, your job is to improve brand awareness and increase leads, sales and ultimately revenue for your business, through different marketing channels. One of the most important marketing methods today is digital marketing but if you or your organisation is lacking experience in digital marketing, you won’t be able to effectively use this method to help grow and support your company goals. This is where upskilling benefits both you and your company.

By taking a DMI Certified Digital Marketing Qualification, you’ll be able to learn more about digital marketing and gain the knowledge, practical techniques and tools required to utilise this essential marketing method. You’ll also gain an industry recognised accreditation with a certificate to support your knowledge.

Studying for a career change

According to OneRec "nearly two thirds of the UK workforce want to change their career paths". To put that into perspective, that’s approximately 16 million workers in the UK! When you consider the fact that most of us will spend the best part of 50 years working, it's easy to see how we can burn out within our current industries and look to take on more exciting work elsewhere. 

If you've reached the stage where you've decided that your skills and interests would be better suited elsewhere, or you want to completely move from the career you’re currently in and start something in a new and exciting industry, don't worry! Clearly, you're not alone! 

There are typically three types of employees when it comes to careers:

  • Those who spend their whole lives in the same industry (with some of these people staying in the same job role/ company for their whole careers).
  • Those who spend a fairly long period of time working their way up to a senior level within an organisation and then decide to change careers, to do something completely different.
  • And, those who are constantly changing job roles and industries, sometimes for progression and pay rises, but other times just to keep things interesting.

Neither of the above is the best or worst format to follow. Remember to do (or be) what you want to. Understanding what works best for you, career-wise, depends entirely on you and your goals. With each style, there comes different pros and cons, which is why personal preference plays a part. A lifetime in the same job and company provides excellent job security, pensions and growth. Changing career after a decade or two in the same industry might bring new life to an otherwise mundane work week while offering better work/life balance. Constantly moving may give you that spontaneity you desire and allow you to work on new projects and meet new people, often. We find it often helps to create a Career Development Plan.

For those who are considering a change of career, the Guardian gave some great advice. In summary, they proposed that before you consider a career change, you should:

  • Work out why you’re looking to leave your current job
  • Make time to go over your options
  • Do some research
  • Ask others for advice
  • Focus on quality, not quantity
  • Don’t rush - Take your time

We’ll add to that and say that if you are considering a career change, start studying for it with a reputable, award-winning organisation, like e-Careers, to ensure you have high-quality materials, delivered professionally and in a way that is easy to understand and have success in. Some jobs, like Cyber Security, require you to be certified and offer different levels, so consider how far you need to take the courses to have success in a new job, and study to that level.

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