Choosing Part Time Courses
One of the most important decisions we can make in our adult life is whether or not to invest money into ourselves. Choosing a part time course is not as easy as it may sound because you will need to balance the cost versus to outcome. In an increasingly competitive job market many adults are taking a step back and assessing their career paths.
Questions that you may need to ask yourself regarding part time courses are:
How much time is there available to study? The intensity of the course needs to mirror your available free time.
How much money can I comfortably invest into training and certification?
Which courses would add value to my cv by complementing my current skill set? If none then maybe you need to consider professional career guidance to identify untapped skills and potential alternative careers.
The number of part time courses out there can be quite daunting. When considering improving yourself and your skill set it is important to set out with a clear skill set in mind whilst keeping your search flexible. Why not research what qualification other people in your industry have acquired. Finding a person whose career you admire can help you gain insight into which part time courses will suit your needs. (LinkedIn can be quite useful here.)
Once you have a mind map of relevant phrases, a budget and time-availability then the real searching can begin. First create a list of training institutes in your area and then create a list of online learning companies (sometimes called ‘distance learning’) in your greater region. Remember to do your searches outside of company times to avoid possible tensions and to help you focus clearly on your search.
If your goals have been set out clearly then the rest will fall into place.