The education system is one of the most important sectors in human civilization. And, as time has passed, this whole infrastructure has evolved. A decade ago, learning something required you to go to a given location at regular intervals of time until you passed an examination or test to prove that you had indeed learned the skills. Today, however, learning is as easy as firing up your web browser on your laptop, desktop or even your smartphone.
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Even with this amazing convenience that digitization has brought to us, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before starting your journey down your dream career path. There are hundreds, if not thousands of online training institutes in the market right now. But, not all of them are equal. In this blog, let’s look at five factors you need to consider before opting for an online course at an institute.
#1 Mode of Training
Unlike traditional classroom training where there is only one mode of training, i.e., a trainer or teacher teaching a whole class at once, online training brings in several different options for you to choose from. These include, but are not limited to:
- Self-Paced Video-Based training
- Live Instructor-Led training
- A combination of self-paced and instructor-led sessions
- One-to-One training
Depending upon your availability and comfort, you can select any of the above-mentioned models of training, as provided by different training institutes. Further, there are a fewthat provide a mix of all the different models on different courses to ensure that your learning is flawless.
#2 Instructor Quality
Another key factor you should keep in mind before enrolling in any course at an e-learning institute is the type and quality of instructors they provide. Depending upon the kind of website you are looking at, instructor quality can vary from inexperienced amateurs to actual working professionals with a hefty amount of hands-on experience under their belt.
So, our suggestion here would be to make sure you enroll at an institute with good quality instructors to get a seamless learning experience.
#3 Out-of-Class Support
One of the major factors that ensures great learning is being doubt-free and understanding concepts perfectly. But, it is impossible to understand everything the first time you are taught. To help with clarifying your queries, several online training websites have a Support/Personal Learning Management team that assists you with all your technical and non-technical issues.
The next time you are hunting for an online course, ensure that they have a support team that works round the clock so that your learning never stops because of one small query.
#4 Practical and Hands-On Knowledge
Nowadays, the highlight that most recruiters are looking for in your portfolio is whether you have hands-on experience with a technology or not. Having hands-on practical experience increases your odds of getting selected by almost 200 percent. To help you with this several e-learning platforms provide modules dedicated to practical training and help setup the necessary environments for these tools to work.
Going a step further, a handful of online training platforms provide you ready access to virtual machines or cloud labs with everything prepared so that you do not have to worry about setting anything up and dive right into the learning.
Getting certified in a technology or skill helps recruiters screen you as someone with proven skills in that domain. Because of this, several online training institutions provide certifications at the end of the course. But, be vary of this, as not all certifications have the same value.
There are several training institutes whose certifications are of no value to companies. On the other hand, getting certified by a globally recognized institute could be the necessary cherry on your cake.
These were just a few of the important factors to consider before opting for an online course. There are several others and if you know if any, we’d love to hear from you in the comments’ section below.
Now, that you know five of the important factors to consider before choosing a training institute, what are you waiting for? Start learning now and future-proof your career.