The internet has created immense scope for learning and made it possible to attend classes without even setting foot in a physical classroom. That’s because you can train online and enter a virtual one. It’s a little different, of course, but is still an excellent solution, especially given all the problems Coronavirus has caused the UK and the rest of the world.
This post is all about why virtual courses are the right choice for your professional development. We also invite you to start your online learning by enrolling in some of our virtual training courses.
The following seven reasons will highlight the benefits of a virtual course. To get the most out of a virtual course, you should see our blog post that provides training tips for online learning.
Virtual courses offer convenience
Perhaps the main reason for choosing an online course is convenience. COVID-19 has got most of us working remotely, making it harder to access training in person. A virtual course solves that, allowing you to study at home and balance your training needs with your professional commitments.
Virtual courses create networking opportunities
Virtual courses create major scope for networking, and you can take advantage of them to build up your professional contacts. You can connect with other students on LinkedIn or other professional networks and support each other in your professional development. Life in the time of COVID-19 has made face-to-face networking more difficult, but virtual training allows you to continue networking with others despite some of the difficulties the pandemic has created.
The interactive nature of virtual learning also means you’ll be able to take part in online discussions on forums, social media groups, WhatsApp groups, or other spaces the course provider has set up for the course participants. The interactivity will also help you to work with your course facilitator.
Virtual courses save you money
Offering a course online lowers the provider’s running costs. They don’t have to book a venue. Nor do they have to pay for course materials, and they pass the savings on to you in the form of a lower course fee. Best of all, they can deliver the same results as they would if the training were taking place face to face.
In addition to all of this, training in a virtual classroom will save you the cost of travelling, not to mention the stress and inconvenience of the commute itself.
Virtual courses build self-discipline and accountability
Learning online isn’t just about professional development; it’s about personal development, too. It’s easy to give up on your goals, to let others down, or put off a task until the last minute. The natural human impulse is to choose the easy way out.
Virtual learning helps you to hold yourself accountable. You’ve taken responsibility for your own learning. You have goals, and it’s up to you to achieve them. It’s all down to you if you want to benefit from the learning.
Virtual courses can help you retain what you learn more easily
Learning in a virtual classroom is comfortable, the courses are adaptable, and can make it easier to assimilate information in a way that might feel harder in a conventional classroom. On our courses, you’ll receive course slides and any supporting materials at the end of each day so you can review the day’s sessions and get the most out of the course.
Virtual course technology is simple to use
Virtual course providers make things incredibly straightforward. You can book a place on our courses online directly with us. The platform is user-friendly as well, decreasing the obstacles to learning.
We’d like to highlight here that online learning sharpens up your digital and technical skills. Online learning helps you to become comfortable with new software and with communicating over the internet, all of which can help you in your daily duties.
Virtual learning is environmentally friendly
Since the course provider delivers the materials online, the course is more environmentally friendly. In times such as the pandemic, studying online also lowers the risk of spreading the virus and, in general, of spreading other illnesses, by enabling you to study at home and also helps to lower the amount of traffic on the roads.
Get started with our live virtual classroom courses
As a leader, manager, or other professional, you have no end of opportunities at your fingertips to build your skills, expand your knowledge, and, ultimately, bolster your effectiveness in your role.
We’d invite you to browse our wide selection of live virtual classroom courses. Amongst them, you might like to consider the following courses:
- Executive Mini MBA Accelerator;
- CIM Level 7 Senior Leadership Programme;
- CIM Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring Development Programme;
- Strategic Leadership Masterclass.
All of these courses are superb for building and reinforcing your management and leadership skills and knowledge in a comfortable, supportive environment. Courses are led by tutors highly experienced in the course subject matter, providing you with expert instruction and insight.
We’re here to guide you every step of the way in your professional development and are just an email, message, or phone call away if you have any questions about our courses. Book directly online or, if you’d like further information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill in our Contact Form Page, or phone us on 0161 826 3139. We look forward to supporting you.