Amid the current recession in Singapore, there are benefits to upskilling or reskilling, and Singaporeans know this; with nearly 9 out of 10 employees having the intention to upskill in the next 12 months. Thinking of upskilling? Be it for better career prospects or simply to learn something new, here’s why you should consider online courses to help you upskill.
What are the benefits of online learning?
Greater learning choices
One of the greatest advantages of learning online is the wide range of courses, unconstrained by location. Thinking of learning a new skill that is not available in Singapore? You can enroll in an overseas institution to fulfil your learning goals.
Development of self-management skills
The flexibility that comes with self-paced learning can be a double-edged sword as it requires great determination, self-discipline and time management skills. However, if you can cross that hurdle, learning online at your own pace ensures you learn and develop more skills than what’s taught during the course. Your newly developed self-management skills shall help you in various aspects of life.
Convenience of self-paced learning
Online courses give you the autonomy to learn at your own pace, be it during your break or a few hours in the weekend. The convenience of upskilling or reskilling at anytime and anywhere gives you room to maximise the comfort level in your environment and reduce unnecessary stress that may hinder with your learning.
Affordability of online courses
In general, online learning costs than traditional education. There are also plenty of free online courses, especially those related to digitalisation skills, which are highly sought after in current times. Going beyond upfront course fees, just think about the money and time you’d save on travelling!
Word of caution when it comes to online learning
While it may seem daunting to some, there are many benefits to online learning (more than the abovementioned), especially in the new normal. Similar to working from home, it is just much safer to study from home, as we continue to practice safe distancing measures.
A note of caution though, being online for prolonged period exposes you and your household members to cyber threats. It is important to practice cyber hygiene and take precautions against potential cyber breaches.
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What can you learn online?
Now that you have ascertained your intention to upskill/reskill, you may be wondering, “What can I study online?” There are so many online courses to choose from, ranging from beginner to advanced level to suit all needs.
You may not get a certification for some of the free online courses but some do offer the option of certification with a nominal fee. Read on to find out more on the ‘what’, ‘where’ for your online learning journey!
Online courses from world-class universities
Renowned universities such as National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Yale and Harvard offer online courses from foreign languages to industry-related courses such as business, IT, data science, coding, design, marketing and so on.
If you have a university or specific course in mind, just head on straight to the institution’s website to gather more information. Alternatively, you may also check out massive open online course (MOOC) providers such as edX or Coursera, which offer a huge selection of courses from universities around the world.
Professional online courses
A professional course such as AltMBA is an online leadership and management workshop that may be beneficial if you are in a leadership role. You will be working with a repertoire of multinational brands and rising leaders of NGOs. The only catch is that this course will set you back by a few grand!
You can also explore Masterclass for an affordable fee that gives you all access for a year to instructional videos and workbooks taught by world renowned figures such as Stephen Curry, Samuel L. Jackson, Gordon Ramsey and Armin van Buuren.
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Free online courses that allow you to follow your heart
If you’re looking into personal development, why not try out The Science of Well-being by Yale? It is one of the most popular classes in Yale that teaches you how to be happy. A recent Workplace Resilience survey conducted by the National University Health System (NUHS) found that many Singaporeans who have been working from home feel stressed. This free online course may help you increase happiness and productivity with the constant .
Another free online platform worth considering is CreativeLive that broadcasts live classes relating to the creative industry such as arts, music, photography and videography.
Upskill with an online course
Upskilling with an online course can be extremely rewarding and satisfying! Show your (potential) employer that you are really keen to learn (not just written in your cover letter!) and who knows, it may bring you further in your career.
Last but not least, while we are spending more time online for studies, work or our browsing pleasure, it is important to stay safe online to avoid falling victim to cyber scams or threats. Protect yourself with a comprehensive Personal Cyber Insurance today. Learn more.
Information is accurate as at 9 October 2020. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K).
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