Distance learning - is it right for you?
Have you thought about studying a certificate, diploma or degree programme? If you have, the chances are that you have already considered doing so by distance learning. Distance learning is a process whereby you can gain education and qualifications on line.
Every year thousands of students sign up for distance learning programmes and never end up graduating with a qualification. Why is this? Very simply, distance education is not for everyone.
Before enrolling in such a programme, it is important that you examine the pros and cons attached to studying via distance learning.
Study at your own pace;
Saves time and energy going to lectures;
Saves money – no college transport expenses;
Convenient – can work full time;
Study from the comfort of your own home.
No direct contact with classmates, lectures etc;
It can be lonely;
Over reliance/ dependence on technology;
Not all courses are available via distance learning;
May be undervalued by employers;
Have to ensure that you are committed and determined.
When considering a distance learning programme, ensure that it is properly accredited. There are hundreds of courses available via distance learning and some of these have no proper accreditation. This is not reflective in the cost of the course. Ensure that you get a second opinion on any course you are considering studying. If you are considering a distance learning programme, a good idea is to sign up with www.alision.com. They have numerous distance learning courses that are free of charge and studying one should give you a good idea if you are a suitable candidate for distance education without having cost you a fortune.
For further information on distance learning programmes, career guidance and educational issues, contact Clodagh A. Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.