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It’s Never Too Late To Study

What would you do if you had the chance to do things differently? 

It’s a question that most of us have either asked other people or asked ourselves. For people who feel stuck in their career choices, this question runs through their head often. It’s a wonderful daydream to have until it’s back to reality. 

We often think that switching careers or learning a new skill is risky. Furthering your studies often meant reviewing your budget and perhaps disrupting your work schedule to keep up with classes.

However, with today’s digital evolution, you have the chance to keep your current job while you develop or refine your knowledge. Here’s why it’s never too late to study:

Flexible schedule

The biggest misconception about studying – especially if you’re an adult with a career – is that there’s no time to keep up with studying and fulfil your work tasks.  

With online learning, you can learn at a pace that is comfortable for you and doesn’t disrupt your work. These days, all you need is a stable internet connection and a device. You can learn during lunchtime, at home, or read notes on your commute. 

Online courses are also not a massive time commitment. You can now educate yourself within a few weeks. Notes are succinct and simple to understand, which makes learning easier and more engaging. 

Learning for all ages and experience

You must shudder to think about sitting in a classroom with students way younger than you. It’s a thought that often discourages most people from furthering their studying, but it shouldn’t. 

Furthering your education is noble and the best investment. Remember, you’re doing this for you. With work experience and wisdom, you may have an edge. 

Also, investing in education doesn’t always mean taking classes at a university. With online learning, having insecurities around your fellow students are a thing of the past. The goal of the content is to ensure that knowledge can be easily applied to the workplace. This is why it’s easy to understand and accessible to all levels. 

Change your career whenever you want 

Let’s say you’ve been working in marketing for a long time, but you’re ready to strike out on your own. Starting your own business seems appealing, but you have no idea about the basics of entrepreneurship.

Investing in your education will help you develop business acumen and provide you with the basic principles of entrepreneurship. 

Boost your career prospects

If you’re looking at getting a promotion at work, learning a new skill will help. Online learning can help you develop a new skill – whether it’s refining your marketing abilities or learning about HR. Adding a new certificate to your CV will ensure you’re top of the shortlist. 

Learning is still fun

Learning a new skill at any age is always enjoyable. These days, course content has become so interactive that they’re more enjoyable. Now, you have quizzes and videos from experts in the industry. 

No matter your experience or age, you still have the chance to better your prospects in the workplace. Furthering and expanding your knowledge helps. It’s never too late to make the leap! 

Browse our course catalogue today and discover how you can set yourself up for the future. 

3 ways to future proof your career in an online world

Read the top 10 key findings from the survey here: MasterStart Workforce Barometer Report 2018.

The world is constantly changing, with new age technology engulfing the planet. It seems like everyone is glued to some sort of screen these days. It can be daunting to keep up with the times, and the new gadgets that help make life easier.

Have you noticed the impact of artificial intelligence or robotic automation in your industry? You are not alone! Our study has shown that a majority of employees are wary of artificial intelligence and the process of automation.

Fewer than 20% felt comfortable sharing their workloads with robots or having processes automated by AI. Yes, there is a real possibility that automation will take over human tasks, as organisations look to keep abreast with the ever-changing technological environment. However, we do have access to tools to “future-proof” ourselves against this.

Future-proofing

In order to future-proof your life and your job, you need to remain current in your industry.

Our recent MasterStart South African Workforce Barometer revealed that just 23.8% of our workforce felt completely confident their current skills will guarantee them employment in 10 years’ time. This suggests that people have a high awareness of the unprecedented pace of change and need for nimbleness and adaptability.

The constant learning of new hard and soft skills will entrench the flexibility necessary to manage the breakneck pace of the workplace and ensure sustained relevancy. Given the competitiveness of the market – which will only increase with the rise of automation – having a sought-after skillset is the best way to guarantee ongoing job retention.

Anyone, Anywhere and Anytime

The beauty of online learning is that it is on your own terms. Our study has shown that almost everyone (95%) believed that lifelong learning would help them remain relevant in their careers.

Of those surveyed, who have studied online, listed the following as the “big gains”:

1. Tangible results:

A salary increase, promotion, skills (to be more marketable), more experience and more opportunities.

2. Higher performance:

Better knowledge, keeping up-to-date, a better understanding of the way the workplace works, faster completion of tasks, and having to employ fewer people as they had the skills themselves.

3. Better motivation and soft skills:

Being better at dealing with people, the ability to explain concepts to clients, and overall improved communication skills.

The team here at MasterStart is dedicated and invested into a life of learning. We believe that the secret to current success and future wealth, lies not in the piece of metal in between your fingertips, but in the knowledge and experience, you gain from your life.

Professional facilitators make learning a breeze and continue to support you throughout your journey with us. Stamped with an honourable seal from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Read the top 10 key findings from the survey here: MasterStart Workforce Barometer Report 2018.