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If you have ever wanted to develop your skillset, online study could be an attractive option. The ability to study when you want, from a number of locations, is the ideal solution for fitting study into a busy modern lifestyle. Many Australians agree, with University Rankings noting that over 175,000 individuals choose to study via distance education.

A significant proportion of those people who study online are doing so to further their opportunities within their own job. Obtaining a higher-level degree while you work allows you to push forward with a promotion or new venture, without losing valuable workplace experience.

However, there are often misconceptions that online study is ‘easier’ than traditional face-to-face degrees. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are online degrees fully accredited, they also equip students with several skills that are highly valued by employers.

Craft flexible responsibilities

To cultivate success in an online study environment, you will need to develop strong time management skills. Our students regularly balance a variety of work, family and lifestyle commitments in addition to their course load.

Those approaching this method of education for the first time can easily fall into the flexibility trap. Without a firm deadline, university work can often be pushed to one side as other demands jostle for attention. Learning to manage your time, and most importantly, to make time for study, is key to ensuring you succeed in online study.

Whatever degree you choose to pursue, the ability to manage a flexible workload and manage your time efficiently will stand you in good stead with current and future employers. The commitment and dedication required to complete a degree online often leads to employment, as your study encourages you to push the boundaries of what you can achieve.

Network like never before

Often students fear that online study will be an isolating experience. Indeed, when you decide to study via distance, you are making a commitment to several hours of independent learning. But an online degree also opens new channels for contact with a variety of people you otherwise would not have met.

Online study breaks down barriers that prevent some people from obtaining a degree. Therefore, you will be exposed to fellow students from all walks of life. Technology and the fostering of collaborative online study environments enable you to connect with like-minded individuals as you learn and grow together. By having the courage to reach out and connect with your new peers, not only will you have a support structure during the stressful times, these connections may go on to spawn numerous opportunities.

Embrace a new beginning today

Studying online takes a huge amount of commitment, but for those willing to put in the time, the rewards are substantial. Online study allows you to grow around your current lifestyle and will put you on the path to success quickly. By cultivating a few good habits, you can transfer your skills and knowledge to the workplace in no time at all.

If you’d like to learn more leading online postgraduate programs, speak to one of our expert Student Enrolment Advisors today on 1300 701 171.