Get ahead and rise above the rest – Educate yourself in 2015

Written by Your Future Now

Are you still considering whether you should apply for that short course?

Still contemplating if you should get that diploma to your name?

Maybe you’re thinking that a certificate or diploma won’t really make a difference – think again.

Whether you are working within a competitive environment or you have just finished school, adding an additional qualification to your CV can certainly give you an advantage over your colleagues or fellow job hunters. Improving your set of skills can make you stand out at that next interview you have lined up or even improve your chances on getting that promotion. Think of it as not only investing in your future, but also as investing in yourself.

Seeing as we are still in the first quarter of 2015, now would be the perfect time to give your career a boost. The technology we have at our fingertips these days has really broadened our options in terms of education. Your choices don’t necessarily have to be limited to full-time studying – who has time (or money) these days to juggle a full-time course along with a job and other responsibilities?

Over the last few years, South Africa’s online education industry has grown significantly. A lot of institutions offer great opportunities for you to invest in your professional future. Distance learning also bridges that geographical restrictions gap, making it possible to study from the comfort of your home (or probably your bed). Whether you are thinking of signing up for that computer skill course or registering for a post-graduate qualification, your laptop and internet connection is your educational oyster.

By now you’re probably thinking to yourself, studying just isn’t an option right now. With the announcement of the country’s budget last month, studying has probably taken a back seat in your mind. Fear not, some online courses are even available for mahala and you will get your certificate from a reputable institution – no backyard education.

When looking for an institution where you can exercise those brain muscles, remember to choose an institute with proper accreditation and a good reputation – you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a qualification that isn’t worth anything in the end. The correct logo, emblem or crest on that piece of paper makes a big difference, so do proper research before enrolling.

Of course the cost of these certificates and diplomas can add up and become quite pricey, but can one really put a price on education? Even if you don’t have the money to invest in your future for now, you can always open a savings account and put away some money on a monthly basis. Don’t use this money, even if the going gets tough. Think about how this money will empower you to work towards a better future for yourself. If you’re going to be selfish and treat yourself, this is probably the best way to go. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

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