Digital learning: Boosting careers through online training

Digital learning is taking the world by storm. The digitalization boost from the pandemic has played its part in this. But online training also has attractive USPs of its own. We’ll explore them in this story.

Digital learning in the form of online training is now widespread.
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Digital learning is proving particularly popular everywhere these days. There are several reasons for this: First, working and learning with the help of digital platforms has become established among many employees in the wake of the pandemic. They know the applications and can use them competently to access new content. This has broken down a significant barrier that has held people back from digital learning for a long time.

Second, continuing education, both online and offline, is an essential component of the emerging “new work” concept. Especially in digital professions, the ongoing development of existing skills and the acquisition of new ones play an enormous role. Those who miss out on opportunities for lifelong and digital learning will also quickly lose touch with developments in the modern working world.

So, here’s the deal: If you want to shape your career in a self-determined way, you should view lifelong, digital learning as an opportunity and use online training proactively.

Digital learning lets you learn from the comfort of your couch

The biggest USP of digital learning through online training and education is that it doesn’t require learners to physically be in a room. This makes it much easier to combine courses with individual work lives and even full-time jobs. Learners come home from work or move from their work-from-home desk to the couch and then grab their laptop or tablet, along with some snacks. This way, they can take part in a course in a relaxed atmosphere that will help them advance in their careers.

Online training such as this can take place at scheduled times with instructors who are connected remotely themselves and use digital tools to share their knowledge. Even more flexibility is offered by courses that are available on demand at any time on platforms such as Coursera, Skillshare, and Udemy.

Digital learning with Coursera

The Coursera learning platform works with more than 275 universities and companies to curate courses. From Google to Meta, Stanford, Princeton, and Microsoft, the courses offered come from the curricula of numerous renowned institutions and teach a variety of skills that are in demand in today’s and tomorrow’s job market.

Develop your creativity with Skillshare

Skillshare specializes in developing learners’ creativity in its online training courses. Its more than 800,000 members have access to the approximately 34,000 courses covering topics including UI/UX design, digital illustration, freelancing, entrepreneurship, and more. Skillshare wants its users to develop creative skills so they can grow both personally and professionally.

Learn business skills with Udemy

Udemy is a learning platform whose course offerings mainly focus on programming skills. In addition, there are software and tool courses, such as for Excel and Canva, which enable participants to learn to really master these programs. The platform therefore primarily shares knowledge to help people develop professionally in the much-in-demand digital industry, but also in applications of the daily working world. Moreover, learners can also explore courses from the lifestyle, music, and fitness categories.

Digital learning breaks down barriers

Continuing education that takes place online can be completed from the comfort of your own home, making it particularly accessible. And digital learning breaks down even more barriers: With the necessary language skills, people from all over the world can take part in courses, share what they’ve learned, and expand their networks to boot. People with disabilities also have access to appropriately prepared courses thanks to subtitles or audio output in different languages. Digital learning therefore offers new opportunities for people of all ages, as online training emphatically promotes the lifelong learning that’s necessary in our modern, digital working world.