It’s New Year, time to make some resolutions. But how many will make a commitment to bring in changes not just for 2017 but the rest of our lives?

5 ways that flexible online study can help you kick-start 2017

Each year gives us an opportunity to make make some positive changes in life. So how many will make a commitment to bring in changes not just for 2017 but the rest of our lives?

For many of us, professional growth is high on the list; have you considered studying a degree to boost your career and get ahead of the competition?

Taking on a university qualification may seem daunting at first, but it’s an achievement which will be with you throughout your life.

Psychologists have found that we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. Start with a discussion about your course and eligibility options, next thing you know, you could be researching funding options. With flexible online learning you’re able to study at your own pace, and with courses being broken down into levels, modules, units and lessons, you’ll be ticking off those learning milestones over the weeks and months. Before you know it, you could be at your graduation ceremony!

So what can learning really do for you? Here are 5 reasons how studying a degree in 2017 can have a positive and immediate impact on your life – both in and out of the workplace:

1. Employers value online study
Feedback from our current employers who sponsor staff suggests that distance learners are often more committed and motivated, and the companies who choose to sponsor them achieve a positive return on their investment. Devoting time to your development shows extra commitment, dedication, and a will to succeed – and makes you an even more valuable asset to the company you work for.

2. Continuous development

As you’ll be gaining transferable skills right from the start, you’ll be able to reinforce the learnings from your course in a real life setting. Students often tell us that they feel more confident when talking to managers after having embarked on a new online qualification as a result of acquiring a broader knowledge base.

3. Networking opportunities

People often say it’s not only what you know, but also who you know. With online distance learning through Arden University you have the opportunity to interact with students from all walks of life, professions and on a global level. These networking opportunities offer the chance to broaden your horizons, share insight and learn about how the basis of each course is used in a professional environment by students all over the world.

4. Priority access to new roles

Arden University offers an exclusive careers portal for all students, which gives you access to job postings before any job sites and lots of CV builder tools. Not only that but we provide videos with interview tips, hiring managers giving their top secrets, as well as A-Z tutorials for everyday personal improvement. Online learning courses provide you with all the tools you need to put your qualifications into practice and get ahead in the job application and interview process.

5. Earning potential

Let’s face it, when it comes to professional development, earning potential is a high priority. Statistics show that people with degrees have earned an average of £12,000 a year more than non-graduates since 2000 (Office for National Statistics, 2011). And with Pay-As-You-Go payment options you could graduate with no student debt, meaning that the extra salary gained as a result of your degree is not being swallowed by loan repayments. Wondering how much you could be earning with a new qualification? Use our free calculator to find out.

So what resolution will you make today?

Browse our courses and see how flexible online study can help you kick start next year.

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