What does online learning offer recent graduates?

How are university students advancing their skills with online learning?

For many of us, learning slows down once we complete our official academic qualifications, whether they are trades or university degrees. While this doesn’t mean we stop picking up new skills or growing our proficiencies once we join the world of work, few of us are actually gaining recognition for these achievements.

Online learning is a flexible process.

However, you don’t have to go back to university or try and work your schedule around night classes to be recognised for the new skills and abilities you pick up. With online learning, it’s up to you how and when you view presentations and take the associated quizzes.

It’s also much more cost-effective than heading back to university, and new surveys have revealed that many students are finding ways to keep learning even after they’ve graduated.

Graduates search for soft skills

While university degrees teach and assess a massive range of subjects and theories, some of the softer skills students gather aren’t always recognised or explicitly taught. Research from Project Information Literacy, an initiative conducted by the University of Washington Information School, found that interpersonal skills are a major focus for graduates once they’ve received their formal qualifications.

Interestingly, the survey also revealed that graduates are interested in much more than just work-relevant skills. In fact, 57 per cent of respondents said they needed help with broader life skills, which is where E-learning opportunities that focus on time management can be invaluable.

The ever-stressful job hunt is also still a concern for graduates, especially when they’re looking to grow their career prospects or move on from their current role.

Learning doesn't stop at graduation.Learning doesn’t stop at graduation.

Are people receptive to ongoing learning?

Much of what we learn is picked up as we go along. However, many people are also still making time to sit down and take a course or engage with other informative content. A Pew Research study found that almost three-quarters of adults (73 per cent) consider themselves lifelong learners. On top of this, 74 per cent of respondents were labelled “personal learners”, meaning they have actively taken measures to support their personal development, including engaging with online courses.

The Pew Research study also reinforced the value in online courses and ongoing learning outcomes that offered job-relevant skills. As people either aim for promotions or look to change jobs, anything that can make them stand out from the competition is a valuable asset.

To find out more about what online learning can do for you, head to Implement Online today.