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How online learning helps women achieve a better work-life balance


The rise of e-learning has made it possible for women who are busy juggling multiple commitments – such as full-time work or child care – to earn accredited qualifications flexibly and 100% online.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, discover 10 ways in which online learning can help aspiring women like you achieve a better work life balance.

1.       Put your money where it counts.

Between financing your mortgage, paying for monthly car insurance, and other added expenses that can eat away at your bank account, you no longer have to worry about taking out huge loans to fund your education. You can enrol on many e-learning courses for a fraction of the cost of studying on-campus, and choosing to study online means you’ll also save on commuting expenses – a double win.

2.       Be there for your kids.

Many women juggle two full time careers - one taking place at the office and the other at home! Choosing to enrol on distance learning courses, however, means you’ll clock in more hours with your kids. Bringing the classroom home even allows you to convert your study area into a child-friendly space, so you can make your daily studies an integral part of your home life.

3.       Build your confidence.

Studying online means you are in the driver’s seat of your education delivery. This means you can manage your study schedule in a way that optimises your learning. If you’re sharper in the morning, for example, you can focus on the challenging topics during this time and use your evenings to replay, review, and recap materials to your liking.

4.       Grow your network.

When you study online, you’ll be instantly connected with thousands of fellow students, tutors, mentors and industry professionals 24/7, and you’ll have multiple channels available to you through which you can build strong relationships. Who knows – your next contact could even be your future boss!

5.       Avoid the commute.

Not having to commute to class saves time, money, and energy. Not only will you be able to repurpose your transportation budget for something more cost effective (and fun!), but you’ll have the opportunity to use the time you save to do the things you love – a must for ensuring happiness and work-life balance all around.

6.       Advance your learning curve.

Unlike on-campus learning, you’ll have complete control over pacing your studies to the speed that suits your individual needs. If you find a particular topic easy, you can fast-forward through the content and review the notes at the end of a module. Alternatively, if you find one lecture more challenging – you can stop and replay the content as often as you need to.

7.       Prepare for your career change.

Since you won’t be limited to one campus offering, you can search a database of thousands of online learning opportunities to find the perfect course for you. Plus, the increasing number of accredited partnerships that respected universities are building with online learning providers means you’ll have the opportunity to earn a highly respected degree straight from your own home or office.

8.       Make the most of your maternity leave.

Just because you’re out of work for a few months (or years), doesn’t mean you have to give up on self-development. Online learning is the perfect way to keep your skills up-to-date while managing your parental duties. You’ll benefit from impressing potential employers with your added credentials and streamline your transition back into work.

9.       Become better acquainted with technology.

E-learning involves the use of multiple applications, videos, e-books, podcasts, online discussion forums, and more. Perfecting your ability to navigate the student platform will give you the added advantage of improving your technology skills while you earn your accredited qualification – talk about killing two birds with one stone!

10.   Stream lectures on-the-go.

Whether you’re running to a business meeting, on your way to pick up the kids from school, or preparing dinner at home, why not make the most of your time by streaming lectures from your phone or tablet? Replay them later when you’ve got more time to fully focus, and you’ll better absorb the academic content as you progress through your programme.

E-learning means that ambitious women like you can now get the tools needed to advance your personal and professional development in a flexible and affordable manner. So, why not get started by enrolling on an online course today?