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With a laptop and an internet connection, education has never been more accessible than it is today. In fact, online education gives professionals the opportunities to learn new skills and hone existing ones. With classes from Coursera, edX, Khan Academy, Data Camp, Code Academy, Udacity and Udemy, business professionals can access high-quality content from industry leaders without having to commit to a set schedule or pay university-level tuition. Since many courses do not have prerequisite requirements, they are a good option for people exploring new topics such as coding.


Here are some ways to utilize online education to develop professionally.


  1. Explore Classes that Further Your Career


Online education can be used to help professionals plan the next stages of their careers as well as a tool for students to explore certain jobs. For example, you may need a certification required for a specific job or an update of skills and knowledge to continue to excel in your career. Furthermore, online courses offer more affordable options than traditional full-time courses do.


  1. Learning at Your Own Pace


If you’re having trouble with a particular certification, online courses may tackle issues in ways traditional courses would not. It allows students to work at their own pace and review information as many times as necessary. Many companies reimburse their employees who continue their education in addition to their work schedules.


  1. Networking and Sharpening Skills


Since many industries have specific requirements that their employees must meet, online classes allow professionals to improve and build skills that won’t conflict with their full-time schedules in the comfort of their own homes. Moreover, online classes give opportunities to meet new people in your field, learn new aspects in your area of specialization and strengthen your professional network.  


  1. Make it Worthwhile


Learning is a lifelong project. Set benchmarks for the next two to five years in what you want to achieve. Be clear on your expectations for any online course concerning your profession. Ask yourself, how does this help me? Does the teacher have the necessary and professional qualifications for this course?  How can I network with this class? Will it look good on my resume? Is the material current and relevant?