Should I Start An Online Web Design Course?
With thousands of course providers all promising the best resources, with the best results, at the best price, in the best time, who do you trust? Should you even study online at all? Will it help you get a job, or are you better learning the skills yourself and working your way into the industry?
What Online Course Should I Choose?
When looking at online courses there are a few things you must check before applying. These include;
- Is the course available in my country?
- Does the course cover everything I need to learn?
- Is the course provided by a reputable company?
- Is the qualification recognized?
- Can I afford the course?
If you can answer yes to all those questions, then go ahead, that course may be the perfect course for you. But is online study perfect for you?
Pros and Cons
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online study.
- Can be done from anywhere with internet connection. Some providers even offer offline working materials such as textbooks and workbooks.
- Work at your own pace. This allows you to get the qualification as quickly, or slowly as you like.
- The prices is usually considerably less than courses that require you to attend a course centre.
- You can work the course around your life, not the other way around. This is ideal if you have an existing job, children or any commitments that currently take up a lot of your time.
- Lack of face to face support, which could hinder your learning experience.
- The course material is set, if you need any other information you will have to take the time to source this yourself.
- Online qualifications are sometimes looked at less favourably by potential employers.
- There can be a time limit on the course, if you do not complete it within the specified timeframe, you may lose your money.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to online study. If you are someone who can motivate themselves over a long period of time, then it may be the most ideal, cost effective method of learning. However, if you struggle to stick to a routine, and are easily distracted, then online learning may not be for you.