In this article, we discuss perspectives on why leveraging vocational, online education to advance your career and stay ahead of the competition is so relevant today.
When applying to a university or other traditional program, you are likely doing so to put yourself on a solid track to employment. Your goal: advance your career by obtaining the education and training necessary to get a good job in your target field or to get a promotion.
For some, a 4 or even 2-year program can feel too long an investment. And tuition fees associated with traditional higher education can be a barrier to entry.
The good news is that there are great alternatives, created especially for your needs. They include smart, results-driven, professional training and vocational education online. That’s what we do here at OpenClassrooms.
Be smart about which path you choose
Today we have the gift of choice. Knowledge is at our fingertips. We can learn nearly anything that interests us from home. But if our main goal is ROI, or return on investment, we better get strategic when choosing what to study.
Certain sectors are clambering for job candidates trained in niche skill sets. According to a recent Deloitte study this skills gap is estimated to cause 2.4 million positions to be unfilled between 2018 and 2028. Web development, UX design, digital project management, product management, cyber security, and data analysis are just a handful.
But even if you’re unsure that working in the digital space is for you, there are other strategic positions to fill.
For example, more and more people are changing jobs and pivoting toward work that not only pays the bills but is aligned with their passions. The need for support in this transition is growing, too. And thus, demand for career coaching across industries is exploding.
Of course, the skills you need as a career coach can be developed with online, vocational education.
Do your research. Target growing sectors and dive in to education that will get you job-ready and able to answer the call of recruiters.
Your job is evolving – so can you
The professional landscape is transforming everyday. Developments in technology are impacting what products we produce and how we produce them. They are affecting our business structures, how we communicate and collaborate, and how we market.
Every corner of every sector is being touched by AI and digital solutions. And it is important that each and everyone one of us responds proactively to stay competitive.
Gone are the days we go to school in our youth and never return. This era is about being a forever-student, regularly upskilling, reskilling and expanding our knowledge. Do this, and you will be sought-after until retirement and beyond. At OpenClassrooms, we call this mindset becoming future-proof.
If you choose to take on the challenge of our era, OpenClassrooms is here for you every step of the way.
What are you thinking about learning next?