As we approach the end of February, the novelty of new year’s resolutions tend to fade away and it becomes an uphill battle to stick to the goals you’ve initially set for yourself earlier this year.
According to Inc
, 80% of individuals fail to achieve their new year’s resolutions
. This may be due to a number of different factors like not being realistic about the goals you’re setting, lack of motivation and drive, or not being able to manage your time effectively when it comes to your current work responsibilities and personal life.
No matter what goals you initially set up at the start of 2020, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s never too late to work towards them despite the promise of a “new year” already passing. If one of your goals for the year was to continue your education, then it’s time to stop making excuses and consider the option of starting your studies now
With Upskilled being an online course provider
, you don’t have to put your course dreams on hold since you can start your studies now, while also experiencing the flexibility of being able to fit online study with your schedule.
Boosting your qualifications has plenty of perks so it’s really a no-brainer to take the opportunity to learn and grow as a professional.
You can work on improving your time management
When you’re factoring in a study schedule alongside your current position, it can be a challenge at first to balance your time and energy into a course. Maybe you’re feeling rusty that you haven’t had the opportunity to study since your university days and only have decided now that you want to undertake another qualification to help improve your job search or credentials.
Studying teaches you how to manage your time effectively
by motivating you to prioritise. This means submitting assessments to meet strict deadlines, setting a couple of hours a day for study or recognising when you’re most productive when tackling a challenging task for your course. Having effective time management skills can help you set a good foundation in place at work
, teaching you how to prioritise, especially if you’re managing several projects at once.
A confidence booster in your skills
If you’ve been itching to further your professional development, undertaking a qualification can help boost your confidence in your skillset. By studying a relevant course, you can develop your knowledge and skills in your particular industry.
Continuing your education allows you to broaden your horizons and you may even learn more about your industry in a qualification that complements well with your existing professional experience. For example, you may have decided to study a project management course
so you can have a better understanding of budgets and risks involved when it comes to a particular project.
By undertaking a course, you have the ability to complete assessments that are related to your field and the lessons learnt from those may be applied to your current role at the workplace. It also can give you the newfound confidence to trust your own skills and knowledge as a professional
Watch your professional network grow
Even if you’ve taken the opportunity to choose a mode of study that is flexible enough for you to not attend a physical campus, you still have the opportunity to grow your professional network when you continue your education online.
When you study with Upskilled, you’ll have access to Facebook online study groups
in your chosen faculty and these act as forums for you to be able to ask questions about assessments from other peers that are doing the same (or similar) course as you.
While this isn’t the classroom-based learning you were used to during high school or university, connecting with students online is possible
and you’ll be able to share information and/or research that can help you pass assessments. Finding help via these online groups can be beneficial because you’ll be able to communicate with students that are on similar or different career trajectories as you
, which can be an advantage to grow your professional network.
An opportunity to pursue your interests
Have you thought about starting your own company or side hustle
? Perhaps you’ve grown attached to an awesome business idea and want to explore it further. Continuing your education is the perfect opportunity to explore your options and pursue your existing passions.
Studying a course doesn’t have to be for the purpose of career development - it can simply be an opportunity for you to work on your current interests by developing extra skills that can help expand your career options
Did you know that Upskilled has qualifications
on offer in business, community services and IT? With a variety of courses at hand, continuing your education is a no-brainer, especially when the mode of learning is flexible enough for you to study anywhere and be able to work towards a qualification that takes less time to complete than a university degree
Even then, pursuing your interests has plenty of benefits and can be used as additional income
to your regular 9-5 or be a side project that allows you to explore your creativity. Expanding your knowledge in other areas, aside from your specific field, can help you thrive as a professional with an all-rounded skillset
It’s never too late
Continuing your education has many benefits. While studying online doesn’t come without its challenges, it does provide you with the flexibility of being able to tend to your studies around your existing schedule, allowing you to work towards a qualification that can be useful when searching for a new job or receiving that promotion
at work you’ve always wanted.
It’s important that you don’t get too disheartened about your failing new year’s resolutions because at the end of the day, you can set your goals at any time
; it doesn’t necessarily have to be at the start of each new year. While the prospect of fresh starts is always nice, movement does not happen when you put off your goals. So, if continuing your education has been on top of the priority list, why not start now?
Jana Angeles is the Content Marketing Specialist at Upskilled. She regularly pens insightful articles on SkillsTalk about online education and career development. Outside of work, you can usually find her at her local record store or having brunch at a fancy cafe.