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6 Ways Online Programs Can Help You in Your Career

Published: January 6, 2020
 

You want to get ahead in your career and you know adding new skills could give you a leg up in the job market. But you can’t take time off from work and you certainly don’t have time to drive to a campus every day. That’s where online programs come in. You can attend from wherever you have an internet connection and fit class and study sessions into even your busy schedule.

Here are 6 ways online programs can help you succeed in your career:

  1. Acquire New Skills Through an Online Program

Advance your education and you might advance your career. Employers want highly trained people and they don’t care how you got your skills—just as long as you have them. In our technology-driven world, computer skills are especially sought after and getting a computer degree online is a natural fit. After all, you can learn about working on a computer by working on a computer! But there are plenty of other skills you can learn online that will transfer to your current—or future—career.

  1. Become More Computer Savvy with Online Courses

Even if your career isn’t about computers, you’ll learn a lot about them when you take an online program. And every field today uses computers. In business, you’ll need to know about programs like Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. In healthcare, you’ll need to learn about Electronic Medical Records. And you can learn about all these programs online program.

  1. Gain Certifications in your Online Program

The right online program will give you the opportunity to earn professional certifications to give you an edge over other applicants and better prepare you for your chosen profession. For example, if you’re working toward a degree in Computer Networking Systems, IT certifications such as the TestOut Pro Certifications may help you get hired and allow you to be successful in your IT role. Certifications show employers that you’ve mastered the software that will be a major part of your daily role.

  1. Build A Better Resume with Experience from Your Online Classes

You already know how important your resume is when you’re on the job hunt. But how can you make your resume stand out? By having training and credentials on it that other job candidates don’t! Highlight the skills you learn in your online program. And don’t forget to take advantage of the career services department of your school. Just because it’s online, doesn’t mean there aren’t real people behind all that technology ready to help you prepare your resume and professional portfolio.

  1. Networking Through an Online Program

Do you think just because your program is online, you won’t get to interact with your instructor and classmates? Wrong! You’ll have plenty of opportunity to get to know the people in your courses through online forums, discussion boards, and even group projects. You can also connect with your instructors throughout program. And don’t forget to connect with everyone on LinkedIn to keep in touch after you complete your program. There may also be opportunities to network with your peers and potential employers through in-person job fairs and networking events. Be sure to keep in touch with your contacts because they can alert you to potential job opportunities, and it always helps to have a personal connection to a role you’re interested in.

  1. Better Manage Your Time with Online Class Schedules

Your online program could also help improve your time management skills, which can better prepare you for the workplace. As you balance school with your other responsibilities, you’ll have to multitask and prioritize your daily tasks on the job so you can complete your work assignments. Because an online program allows you to work at your own pace, it requires self-discipline in order to do the required coursework and meet deadlines. And all of that is great training to be a great employee.

 

Are you ready to take the first step toward a fulfilling career? Charter College can provide you with the resources to get you started. With career training programs in growing fields like Business, Health Care, and IT, we can provide you with the right training that could set you on the path to success. Fill out the form to learn how to get started.