Jets flying at supersonic speed, trains plying at bullet speed and cars trying to outstrip fantasies ... in this fast-paced era, where agility and nimbleness are the rudiments of success, waiting for ages to learn something that can earn you a living or can add something to your current earnings is bit far-fetched, unless you have an intense desire or need to do so.
Short courses nowadays provide you all the necessary skills and knowledge that you can instantly utilise to reap rewards. What’s more! You don’t need to spend your entire lifetime to accomplish new feats. These short courses range from couple of hours to just a few days, weeks or months.
Here are some of the major benefits of short courses:
Acquire new skills
Short courses are great to acquire new skills or to even build on your academic qualifications. Like for example, if you are a professional without any background in finance but have to deal with numbers all the time as part of your job profile then a course like ‘Finance for non-finance professionals’ can help you in quickly grasping intricate understanding on profit & loss statements, balance sheets, ledgers, accounting acronyms and much more. Similarly, a short course like ‘Become work ready’ trains students, etc. on aspects like preparing a killer resume and a cover letter, professional dressing, presentations, interviewing skills and how to read body language.
Enhance skills you already possess
Similar to acquiring new skills, you can enhance (or refresh) your existing skills and knowledge by undertaking apt short courses. Like for example, if you work on a particular software and want to upgrade yourself with the latest version of that software then a short course on it would come in handy. Similarly, if you are working in junior or middle level management then short courses like ‘Business Communication’ or ‘Leadership Skills’ can teach you all the vitals that’d help you in growing up the ladder.
Generally well-crafted short courses are direct, to the point and focus comprehensively on the core subjects being taught. These are designed to unlock or enhance your potential/aspirations within a short time span and so there’s no time wasted on extraneous topics. As such, the transformation is linear and quick.
Try before committing
Just like taking a car for a test drive before buying it, you can put to test your latent yearnings by doing a short course prior to committing yourself on a long-term basis. As an example, undertaking a short ‘Business Management’ course will give you ample knowledge to decide whether you want to pursue Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or not. Investing miniscule amount in a short course to gain this understanding is better than expending loads of money and plenteous time on a long-term course that you might have to leave mid-way.
Many short courses are held in evenings, weekends or online. And since the duration is short these can seamlessly blend into your busy schedules. More so, there are even some short courses that are held during business lunch times. How cool is it to go out for a break and come back with a new skill?
Turn your hobby into Profession
If for example photography or video making have been your hobby for years, then why not learn these in a structured form from the experts, become a Pro and start making money? While carving yourself a career path out of your passion, you may also become an expert in this area and then train other aspirants in future. After all, knowledge sharing is caring.
As evident from the above, there are limitless opportunities that can be unleashed through short courses and have long-term recourses, whatever your goal is – new job prospects, career growth, business opportunities, returning to the workforce, trying new horizons, or just to stimulate your latent creative talent.
So, what are you waiting for? With numerous short courses floating in the market, wouldn’t you wish to add bit of a spark to your life that could propel your career and/or fulfil your aspirations? Once you’ve chosen your subject interest, we'd presume the decision would only be which educator to choose. What are your thoughts? Do share with us.