We all have taken New Year resolutions at some point of time in our lives, even if not every year. For instance – travel the world, read more, run a marathon, pursue your passion and so on. By end January or mid-February, we have lost sight of these resolutions or run out of enthusiasm to persist on our chosen path.
Does that mean we should not make new year resolutions?
No, we are not implying that. What we are saying is that your New Year’s resolutions 2019 must be realistic, smart and achievable. Every new year brings us an invaluable new opportunity to try new things, step out of our comfort zones and make positive changes in our lives. So, make realistic resolutions, set smart goals and go into the new year with a go-getter attitude.
Why make educational New Year’s resolutions for 2019?
This question may have popped up when you read the title. So, let us try to unpack this.
Education is transformative and empowering. Whether you are a graduate student or fresher or an experienced professional, education promotes career growth, adds value to your CV, empowers you to break free from routine jobs, pursue your passion, etc.
Now, let us move on to look at top educational and academic New Year’s resolutions 2019 that you can set for yourself and usher in knowledge, professional growth and personal development.
Take an online course
If you are someone who lets educational goals take the back seat because you have personal and professional commitments to fulfil, try an online course this year. These courses are relatively inexpensive, as the fees are lower than regular on-campus courses and you save up for the cost of conveyance, relocation and accommodation. These courses help break the socio-economic, cultural, geographic and professional barriers by removing education from the physical dimensions of a classroom or college.
You can scroll through an Ed-tech platform like Talentedge (specialized in live & interactive digital learning) who collaborate with leading academic institutions to offer online courses in various lengths and modes that you can benefit from. You name the domain or specialization and you will have plenty of good courses available in the online and distance modes today.
The best online courses are the ones that provide live and interactive lectures instead of pre-recorded ones as it adds a human touch to the teaching-learning experience and makes it more effective. The best courses will also provide you with hands-on learning tools, access to an online student community, mentoring from industry stalwarts, opportunities to network with peers, dedicated student support, 24×7 access to the learning materials and digital library, professional development tools and analytics.
Taking an online course will enable you to accomplish one or more of the following.
- Strengthen your theoretical understanding and skills and prevent career stagnation.
- Bridge gaps and upgrade your knowledge in your domain of operation. Learn new tools and techniques, best practices and contemporary methods.
- Enter a new domain or shift career paths by taking a suitable course.
- Learn new skills or enhance existing ones.
- Upsurge your chances of promotions and higher salaries.
- Prepare yourself for more challenging roles and responsibilities or be promoted to leadership/ top management positions.
- Re-enter the workforce.
So, resolving to take an online course in 2019 is our top suggestion for you.
Take an entrepreneurship course and transform the way you function
There are different types of entrepreneurship courses available online: MBA, EMBA, short-term executive courses, etc. These courses enable you to ideate, innovate and creatively solve problems, thereby, transforming the way you function. If you have an idea, taking an entrepreneurship course will enable you to transform that into reality. Even if you do not plan on starting a business, an entrepreneurship course will enable you to be more resourceful, enterprising, creative, effectively manage your organization and steer it towards growth.
Grow your business exponentially with a digital marketing course
In the face of growing competition and clutter in the business space, generic advertisements do not work. Marketing and digital marketing strategies need to change in order to break the clutter and make the brand voice be heard amidst all the noise. There are so many new avenues for marketing and revolutionary new marketing tools that help businesses grow exponentially. So, if you are an entrepreneur, manager, working professional or even a senior marketer, sign yourself up for a digital marketing course online in 2019 and forge ahead in your career.
Work wonders with an analytics course
With voluminous data being generated every day, there is a growing need for professionals who can make sense of the data, whether business, finance, accounting, HR, etc. By enrolling yourself in an online analytics course from XLRI, you will prepare yourself for a challenging yet fulfilling career.
Take courses that prepare you for leadership roles
Online courses in MBA, EMBA, general management, leadership, business strategy, strategic management, strategic performance management, change management, etc. equip you with the skills, knowledge and tools required to thrive in leadership positions in the dynamic, complex and globalizing business world.
Gain a professional certification in your domain
Gaining a professional certification gives you authority, authenticity and credibility in your field of operation. It shows your employers that you have a strong theoretical foundation and the relevant skills to apply the concepts practically. It also shows an employer’s commitment to the field. All this translates into more challenging roles and responsibilities, opulent salaries, lavish perks and fuels career growth. There are a number of sought-after certifications in project management, strategic management, accounting, finance, cybersecurity, etc. that you can apply for. There are online courses that help you prepare for the certification tests.
We have also put together the best educational New Year’s resolutions 2019 for those who are already pursuing online education. Here they are:
- Prepare a weekly calendar to effectively manage your time and be organized for online education. Set smart, short and achievable milestones and resolve to achieve them.
- Never miss an opportunity to network with peers, faculty and industry experts.
- If there are online or on-campus seminars, workshops or mentoring sessions with industry stalwarts, attend them without fail.
In conclusion, set smart and well-thought professional/career goals for 2019. Enrol in online courses to fulfil educational resolutions 2019 and make it your most fruitful year yet!