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Saving time on commuting? Here's why you should study online

By Jana Angeles | 13 May 2020


With most of us working from home while the world is slowly recovering from the pandemic, you may have found that you have more time in your hands since you’ve stopped travelling to and from work. 

According to CarsGuide, Australians spend an average of 4.5 hours commuting each week and this can be in the form of public transport or driving to and from home. It’s also been indicated that individuals who spend more than 2 hours commuting each day are likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs and see themselves quitting within 12 months for a position that is closer to home.

If you happen to be an individual who is used to a long commute and have found yourself WFH and “saving” time, taking the opportunity to fill your usual travel hours with online study can be advantageous to your professional life. 

Whether you’re looking to find more ways to be productive or happen to be ready to move on to the next chapter of your career, SkillsTalk outline some of the reasons why you should study online during the hours you’d normally commute.

1. Studying online can boost your chances of a promotion.

promotion concept

If you’re currently in an entry-level or associate role, you may be wondering how you can boost your salary and move on to the next level of your career. One of the key benefits of studying online is that it’s flexible and allows you to tend to your work commitments while having the choice of where and when to study

Not only that but working towards a qualification can help you get brownie points with your current employer, which can indicate your drive to boosting your skillset for future projects at work. It also puts you in a better position as it indicates your motivation towards your professional development, honing tasks that you otherwise may find difficult if you didn’t have the relevant qualification.

Julio Hablutzel studied project management with Upskilled. After working 20 years as a Senior Quality Systems Specialist, he was ready to take his career to the next level and he knew in order to make that next step, he needed to study a relevant qualification.

He said, “While working and studying is hard to balance, I recommend anyone to put in the effort if you want to live a more satisfying and fulfilling life, especially when it’s regarding your career.”

As he was about to complete his course, he was successful in securing a role as Quality Management Systems Analyst at Roads and Maritime Services.

From this case study, we learn that anything is possible when you study a qualification and if you have the growth mindset to continue your education, it can encourage you to take on exciting future opportunities that can enhance your career

2. An opportunity to become more productive with your time.

As we’re all going through a collective experience, the world pandemic that is COVID-19 has slightly increased our levels of stress and anxiety, which can be a detriment to our mental wellbeing. If you’ve found that during this quarantine period you feel less than productive when tuning into Netflix, it may be time to consider doing an activity outside of work that can boost your productivity.

If you’ve been putting off some goals that are related to your professional life, now’s the time to consider what more you could be doing during this period. Studying online can help you become more productive because it allows you to work towards something meaningful when it comes to your career.

Studying can also lead to higher levels of satisfaction when it comes to your professional job outlook and can even help you find work.

As LifeHacker writes, “One of the most productive things to do is to learn anything on the internet.”

At Upskilled, online courses are available from the following areas of business, community services and IT. You can access your studies at any time, no matter where you are, which can be beneficial for those who regularly travel for work. Plus, courses have theoretical and practical elements that can help you prepare for certain career pathways in your specific industry. 

3. Working from home? You can fit study more easily.

man working from home with children nearby

Working from home has the upside of being able to choose your schedule to fit the daily demands of your life. Whether you’re a parent raising children, or a busy professional whose work doesn’t necessarily fit the 9-5 timeframe, studying from home can add convenience to your life. The following are some other positives that come with online learning:
  • Flexibility: one of the key reasons why people opt to study online is because it gives them flexibility. If you’re someone that is a night owl or early riser, you’ll find that doing a course online can help you study at a time that suits you best.
  • You don’t need to alter your work schedule: a pain point about studying on-campus is that you need to be physically available when it comes to lectures and tutorials. Plus, institutions can penalise you if you don’t show up to a class if attendance is compulsory. Studying an online course means you don’t need to physically attend classes, giving you availability to stream videos and read course content at a time that suits you.
  • You can still connect with other students: worried about not making connections with other students? Upskilled has created opportunities where you can still share your ideas and get help from other people doing the same (or similar) course as you. Facebook groups are available in each faculty and it’s a space where you can ask assessment or career-related questions. You also get the added bonus of other students sharing encouraging advice about their online learning, which can help elevate your study experience. 
  • It helps you become a disciplined and motivated learner: while online study allows room for flexibility, it’s important to also regularly set aside time for it. It takes a lot of commitment and discipline to push yourself to do some hours of study every week. The key to being a successful online learner is to be consistent. Even if it’s only doing an hour per night, some progress is better than none at all.

Make the most of your time with an online course

If you’re wanting to upskill but have a schedule that doesn’t permit you to attend on-campus classes, consider studying an online course with Upskilled. With qualifications in some of Australia’s in-demand industries, you can upskill in the comfort of your home. 

Plus, with courses being delivered online, you’ll have the opportunity to study anytime, anywhere. Enquire about a course today by calling 1300 009 924
 
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