Education is good, but at every junction consider the following before signing on for a course
Just some very simple advice that I hope others can elaborate further on.
You should carefully consider the reason for your interest in a certain education.
Is it because you want to learn new skills that you can adapt to your work situation? Is it because you want to start or expand, your own business, online or offline? Is it because you want to satisfy your curiosity? Any other reasons?
Any education requires a clear understanding of your reason for signing on to a certain training. Make this very clear to yourself. The more reason you have for wanting to acquire new knowledge and/or skills the more motivated you will be and the more likely you will be to complete the course.
Any course should preferable have both text, images and videos included as basic training material, whether you study online or offline. In addition there should be some guide either in person or as a contact online that you can turn to if you need clarification on certain issues during the course.
Once you have made clear for yourself why you want to sign on for a course, the next step is to find out what is needed to reach a certain goal.
Many short-term courses can be simple and easy and the goal may only be to finish a few lessons. But if you are aiming for a certificate, a diploma or a degree, get to know, and understand, what are the various studies necessary to reach your goal, before you sign up.
Do you want to get more education offline or online?
If you want to study offline there are many issues you must take into consideration like where is the nearest, and most convenient, institution having the training you want.
If you want to study online your place of study is more flexible, but you must make clear that it is possible to study at the place of your choice. Do you have the space available, will you have the ability to concentrate on your studies at that place without a lot of distraction you cannot control?
This is a very important point as you have to find time to study.
If you are alone and in charge of your own time this is less of a problem, then it is just to set a schedule for your sessions of training (and keep to it).
If you are living in a family situation, maybe with a spouse and children, the rest of the family must be included in a discussion about your endeavor. Specific number of hours per day, week, month must be cleared of all disturbances for you to study.
If you are in a job requiring you to spend certain number of hours, fixed or flexible, this must be taken into consideration and you may many times experience that you must choose between your job and your studies.
All-in-all do not be too optimistic as to how many hours you can spend or how long a course will take as there are many factors that can mess up your schedule. When you have decided on a certain number of hours needed, it is wise to reduce that number to half, or two thirds of your first estimate. If not you may find yourself in a stress situation that may lead to you dropping out of the course.
How to reach your goal for the education, is entirely up to you, but be very clear concerning the points mentioned above or you may not get the results you intended.
When you have completed a course you are seldom “set for life” but will find yourself needing or wanting further education. Development in our environment is not stopping up, although sometimes I wish it would, and you will more and more often find yourself needing, or wanting, more training in one or another area of the never-ending education highway.