According to a recent Pearson poll, in 2019, 62 percent of Indian adults appreciated the idea of combining the convenience of online learning with the quality of in-person learning and have taken classes online. You’ll be interested if you enjoy online courses or wish to pursue a career in the digital realm.
We will respond to the following questions based on our experience teaching over 7000 students online in Russia, Europe, and the United States:
- Who to study for and what specialists does the market need?
- How much money does it take to get a profession, and how soon will the investment pay off?
- How many hours per week do you study and will you need to do your homework?
- In which schools to look for courses for professionals, and who teaches beginners?
- What is more expensive: getting a base or improving skills?
Marketing, programming, analytics, design, and management are the five key topics for study. Course marketplaces such as Coursera and Udemy were excluded from the study since they are not accountable for the content’s quality.
Here are some suggestions for finding the correct course and achieving your career objectives.
1. Choose a direction with the prospect of employment:
Are you going to start from the beginning? Choose a path with a lot of open positions ahead of time.
So you’re confident that you’ll be able to find work quickly. Why is it vital to do things based on data? The data-science profession, for example, has over 1600 employment opportunities, with over 200 of them available right now.
2. Calculate the payback period of your training:
Studying necessitates investments, therefore consider this: how much will your training investment pay off?
According to Payscale statistics, we estimated the ratio of the average course cost to the average pay of a specialist in India. The graph depicts how long it will take for the course to pay off.
Don’t be scared to invest in programming and analytics; the course will pay for itself from your first paycheck. Specialists are in high demand, wages are above average, and the cost is comparable to other places.
Things aren’t looking so good in other places. To obtain money back for marketing and design training, for example, you’ll need to work for more than a month. But this is in an ideal world where you will be able to find work right away.
3. Be prepared to take time to study:
We examined the weekly workload in several areas and found that on average, students spend 4-5 hours each week on instruction. But don’t kid yourself: homework will be assigned.
Design and marketing will take up the least amount of time, allowing you to learn a permanent main career while not being pressed for time. However, if you want to be a programmer or analyst, be prepared to commit more than 5 hours each week to your studies. You can recall that these occupations will pay off the fastest in difficult times.
4. Choose a profitable course:
The more time you spend on a course, the more money you’ll have to pay. Is it reasonable? It makes sense.
The connection backs up the logic: price dependency on duration is the orientation in four out of five cases. Something external influences the price: the demand for the course, the instructor’s name, or something else. Courses that are well-designed will provide career guarantees or paid internship placements.
5. Prepare to do your homework:
At the same time, you have to pay for your homework: courses with them are much more expensive. After all, homework does not just work for the student, but also for the teacher.
The next important question: Where to go to study?
6. Choose a school that specializes in your field:
There are several behemoths: Udemy, Coursera, and others are obvious examples.
Smaller schools are more likely to focus on one or two subjects.
Select the institution that offers the most courses in your subject. In this instance, the platform is more likely to prioritise quality and better networking opportunities, as well as connecting with potential employees and locating the perfect internship.
7. Look for a school at your level
There is nothing that can be done if all institutions seek to train specialists from the ground up. Supply is created by demand.
Choose a school that stands out from the crowd: the school provides in-depth knowledge, which is its competitive advantage.
The following critical question is: How can professionalism be developed?
8. Learn from the instructors’ live sessions and actively participate in mentorship programmes (if they are offered):
The approach to professionals is the most serious: they are most often taught in real time. And this is understandable: difficult material cannot be learned without an instructor. Keep improving to senior level in your direction. Learn from the best live streaming professionals, especially since it’s available today.
The most important and simple advice: do not stop there. The world is changing, the job market is transforming, and there is always a direction for improvement.
- Perhaps a new profession has appeared in which you can see yourself?
- Or have new horizons of development opened up in your specialty?
- Or maybe you know how to strengthen yourself as a professional in your field?
As a last resort, developing soft skills will never be superfluous.
The main thing is to keep learning.😇