In the months and years to come, what will ‘the new normal’ look like when it comes to the Australian workforce?
With many Australians still working from home, businesses are realising that work can continue outside of the traditional office space.
There are some good reasons for working from home, too. With their employees working from home, companies are saving money on rent and other overheads associated with leasing a physical space.
On top of this, Australian workers are also saying that they’re more productive working from home. The time they would normally spend commuting is now either spent focusing on productivity or spending more time with family, which makes for happier employees.
No one can say exactly what the future of the Australian workforce will look like. But as the pandemic stretches on, working from home is becoming the new normal.
How can online study prepare you for ‘the new normal’?
Many people choose to study online because they have other commitments in their life they need to work around; they’re unable to or don’t want to commute; online study is more affordable for them; or for various other reasons.
These are all benefits of online study. But how can studying a course online help you prepare for a job that requires you to work from home?
Online study keeps you accountable
Working from home means that you need to stay on top of your projects and stick to your deadlines without being overly distracted.
You’re responsible for managing your own time while working from home without your manager literally peering over your shoulder. You might be asked to send in a daily or weekly report of your work progress; but aside from that, it’s ultimately up to you to make sure you’re accountable for your own productivity levels.
Studying online helps you prepare for working from home by encouraging you to stay on task, being responsible for your own actions, and managing your workload effectively.
Online study helps you set goals
To make sure that you graduate from your course within the time frame—whether it’s a 6-month course, a 12-month course or longer—you need to stick to a study plan. This usually involves working towards certain milestones and goals that help you monitor your progress.
Setting goals is important in many different aspects of life, including your work life. Goal setting can help keep you motivated and can encourage you to continuously improve.
It’s ok if your own goals aren’t lofty and far-reaching. Some of us are happy to do our jobs and do them well without wanting to become the CEO of the entire company. But setting goals can help make sure that you’re doing all you can to get the most out of your career. As well as this, many businesses will expect their employees to set SMART goals as a way of ensuring their employees are feeling supported and to keep them on track.
Online study encourages you to think outside the box
Our perception of what can function as an ‘office’ has pivoted. The idea of the traditional office is changing as more of us are working from home. Some of us have struggled with this change, and there are certain barriers that some of us must overcome (noisy neighbours or young children that need constant attention, for example). But if there’s one thing that online study has taught us, it’s that we don’t have to work in a traditional office to be productive and to get work done.
Studying online gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose your own classroom. The only pre-requisite here is that the study space you choose should be conducive to study.
Online study helps you become more digitally literate
Being digitally literate means that you can comprehend and navigate technology used to learn, work and live. As our society comes to rely more heavily on technology, and given that technology is constantly evolving, this is more important than ever.
In the workplace, it’s expected that workers can use things like email, collaborative apps such as Slack or Trello, and programs like Excel. This is the bare minimum expected from most employers, and some businesses will even have their own in-house software they’ll expect you to get familiar with.
Studying online helps you become more digitally literate as course content is delivered online. Some online educators will have a learning platform you can log into where you’ll complete your studies. Open Colleges’ custom-built online learning platform, OpenSpace, is where you’ll access your course content and assessments. This is also where you can contact your Trainers and Assessors, and team up with a study buddy.
Online study lets you work around your schedule
Studying online gives you the flexibility and freedom to study whenever you want, wherever you are.
For some, online study is the perfect choice because they have other commitments they need to balance. For others, online study is a great fit because they can study outside traditional classroom hours when they find they’re more productive—night owls, for example, who find themselves most productive after dark.
One of the biggest benefits of working from home is that you can be a little flexible with your schedule, so long as you’re getting your work done. Being outside a traditional office means that you don’t necessarily have to adhere to traditional office hours, which means you can negotiate a more flexible working day with your boss.
Online study will make your resume stand out
On top of these features, studying a course online will help your resume stand out as it immediately tells employers a few things about you—that you’re goal-orientated, capable of working autonomously, digitally literate, and capable of balancing your studies with other commitments.
Are you thinking of studying a course online?
Open Colleges has a range of online courses across a broad spectrum of industries. Take a look at our online courses today to find the right qualification for you.
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