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As kids, we have the whole world ahead of us, big dreams and huge potential. Most of us go through many stages of what we want to be when we grow up before the time comes that it becomes a reality. For some, this means study or apprenticeships to build a career, while others may follow a different path.
Back when I was a kid, I wanted to be an author. This passion for writing resurfaced at times through my teens, and all of a sudden here I am writing as my main source of income.
It was a bit of a roundabout path to get here though.
Through most of high school I wanted to be a zoologist, but chemistry wasn’t a strong point so I ended up at university studying psychology. After years of study and even more years as a psychologist, most of which was spent working in corrections, another career change was due.
I had loved my career but it can be an exhausting one, and all of a sudden teaching seemed like the perfect path. Technically I’m still enrolled in my Graduate Diploma in Teaching, but currently deferred due to how unwell I was during pregnancy and the sudden success of my writing work.
Only time will tell if I go back, however these skills have been valuable no matter the end result. I feel like I can be a more effective mother to school aged children in the future after having spent a month on prac. Plus it got me back into writing – essays, but still writing.
The best thing was, my education degree was online and from home. And that wasn’t the first time I had studied externally. In fact, after approximately 8 years of study following high school, only one of those years was spent on campus.
Studying online is a great way to upskill no matter what your lifestyle, whether you are a stay at home mum like I was during my most recent studies, or someone who simply wants the flexibility to study around other life commitments, such as work or travel.
5 BENEFITS OF ONLINE STUDY
Online study can be done any time of day, in any location and on most internet capable devices. You don’t need to schedule your time to suit in person lectures and study groups.
Earn while you learn
If you happen to be working already or want to start work to earn an income while you study, it is much easier to fit your study commitments around your work hours than on campus study.
Perfect for stay at home parents
Study when your kids nap or play, or once they go to bed at night. You can upskill while you are at home with your kids, so when they are old enough to go to school or other care arrangements, you will have the qualifications you need.
Increase earning potential
You can develop skills in an existing field or a whole new area, to increase your chances of earning a higher income, which is often one of the best benefits of studying online.
While not always the case, often online study can be cheaper than on campus. This can include course fees, since you are not utilising campus facilities. However it can also save money in things such as transport, buying lunches and other resources you may need to travel to and from an education facility.
WHEN ONLINE STUDY ISN’T RIGHT FOR YOU
While I personally love online study and it works well for me, it isn’t for everyone and that’s not a bad thing. Some of us benefit far more from the in person interaction and social atmosphere of on campus study. Signs that this is the case for you can include:
- Lack of motivation to complete study/assessments
- Difficulty understanding course material
- Boredom or loneliness from no social interaction
- Unreliable resources at home i.e. computer, internet, etc
Careers Australia offers both on campus and online study opportunities in a huge range of course areas, with 15 campuses around Australia. They offer accredited short courses, apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates and diplomas, in a huge range of fields to create pathways into careers or further education opportunities.