From saving you time and money to helping you develop highly sought after skills, online learning has various key advantages over traditional in-person learning. This post discusses some of the main benefits to online learning and how this format can help you grow both professionally and personally.
You won’t need to relocate or commute
Online learning can be done from anywhere. If you want to keep your current job while taking classes, you can, and you can choose the right program for you without having to compromise because you’re unable to make a big move. You also won’t have to subject yourself to a lengthy or stressful commute. You will save time and gas money (the average person spends $1,300 on gas each year!) learning from home.
You can have work-life balance
When you learn online you have more control of yourself. This makes it easier to have work-life balance. Although education is important, your personal and social life shouldn’t have to take a backseat. Online learning can give you the flexibility to make yourself, your family, and your education priorities.
You can pay lower tuition costs
Higher education can be expensive. In fact, the average college debt among student loan borrowers in the U.S. is $32,731, and more than half a million borrowers have over $200,00 in student debt. Online education tends to be less expensive as it requires less resources (e.g., no building or campus are needed).
You can improve technical and soft skills
You can improve technical skills learning online as it often requires knowledge of various applications and programs. Since online learning requires you to use technology, it can help familiarize you with the technology you’ll need to succeed if you also work from home in the future, and it will serve as evidence to employers that you are capable of learning new technology and being productive at home and effectively managing your time.
Online learning also creates new ways to participate, interact and communicate with classmates and instructors. By learning new ways to communicate effectively, you can develop one of the most sought after skills in the workplace.
Additional networking opportunities
When you learn online you may have the opportunity to interact with not only more people,but also a more diverse group of individuals. Meeting new people, and working with people from different backgrounds, can help you expand your horizons and find new opportunities to network.
For more information on the benefits of online learning, check out the visual below from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.