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Top questions surrounding online learning

Do you have questions about online learning? Maybe you’re considering it for yourself, or want to offer your staff member online training as part of their package.

We’re sharing the most common questions surrounding online learning so that you can decide whether it’s the right choice for you.

How will becoming certified aid me in my career change journey?

For someone who’s looking to change career path altogether, becoming certified with online learning can be really beneficial. It’s hard to be taken seriously if you have no prior experience in a field but suddenly want to start working as a coder for example. However, with a set of strong qualifications behind you and a coding portfolio similar to the one you get on a Code Institute course you can show your future employer that you have the skills you need to nail the job.

If you’re already in a career that you’re enjoying and you’re ready to take the next steps, gaining an industry recognised qualification will aid you as you climb the career ladder.

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 Can I enrol on a course whilst working full-time?

Yes – many people juggle working full time with embarking on a new online course and it’s normal to study as and when you want to. The perk of learning online is that you get to work flexibly from wherever you want to, whenever you want to.

This goes for employers too, if you’re thinking of offering online learning to staff members it shouldn’t impact their current role. It’s perfectly acceptable for someone to continue working full time whilst enrolling on a course, and is a great way to upskill whilst still progressing in a job.


Can I do a course even if I already have a university degree?

Absolutely – many people go to university and then realise that the skills that they need for certain roles weren’t included in the course. In order to gain real world skills and become career ready, sometimes it’s necessary to gain the qualifications necessary to progress.

I’ve never worked in the tech industry before, am I at a disadvantage?

No – most of our IT courses don’t require any prior knowledge and when you speak with a career consultant they will be able to point you in the right direction. We also offer pathway learning, so you could complete an entry-level course and then lead on to a more technical course when you pass the foundation layer.

Employees who have no tech skills at present will also be able to take on foundation level IT courses to master the basics before going onto the harder stuff. 

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 What support will I have available to me as an online learning student?

Our award-winning StudentCare team will be on hand to help you with any support needs you have whilst you learn online. Some courses also offer support groups and online messaging, so that you can connect with other people on your course. StudentCare™ will be your go-to team members for exam help, revision tips and any other support whilst you’re enrolled on your course. 

Our top tips to successfully learning online

  • Have a dedicated study space so that you can be clear about when you’re studying and when you’re relaxing.

  • Be sure that you have reliable internet access, whether that’s at home, in a coffee shop or public place.

  • Build a study plan and stay on top of your revision, so that you keep up the motivation to complete the course.

  • Speak to StudentCare or similar support staff when you need help and motivation.

Get started sooner rather than later. If you’re dreaming about a new career path or you’re looking to upskill to advance up the career ladder, get in touch today for a free and impartial chat with our career consultants.