2020 was the year that transformed life as we know it, for many people it was a challenging year of loss, change and adaptation, and in 2021 we are still adapting to the new normal.
The pandemic has impacted business and education worldwide. The landscape of virtual learning has shifted dramatically, access to online education and training has become crucial.
Before 2020, sites such as Coursera, Udemy and EdX were the main providers of virtual online courses and certifications, however, in 2021 hundreds of sites have emerged and expanded their reach to offer specialized training in several industries. Industry giants have equally taken the opportunity to train potential employees all over the world.
Giants such as IBM offer specialized virtual courses in AI and machine learning to benefit potential future employees. The adaptation to online learning has increased the need for customized courses. You can now purchase exactly what you require from a course as opposed to enrolling in generic programs that do not match the needs of the learner.
Aleph Technologies is one company that is successfully doing this, Aleph provides specialized training for industry professionals, helping learners to attract a wealth of career prospects and develop their skills to a high performing industry standard. Learners can study SEO and SEM, digital marketing, agile marketing, branding, content marketing, AWS, machine learning, DevOps and so much more.
Adapting to the current online climate can give learners the breadth and reach they need to succeed in a post-covid job market. It offers learners numerous advantages, such as a cut-down in travel expenses, the ability to work and learn simultaneously from the comfort of their own homes, and the flexibility to integrate education into their busy professional and personal lives.
Another advantage of virtual training is a geographical one: learners from all over the globe can access education online, this can benefit workers worldwide who normally would not be able to access education because of their working hours, their family, location, or finances. The adaptation to virtual education could expand the reach of opportunity for communities who have been limited in the past.
The Virtual Workplace
The workplace has also adapted to the online climate and transformed, and with it, the skills needed to navigate an online industry. Businesses that were forced online by the unexpected pandemic have become online corporations and now require employees with the appropriate skills and qualifications to serve the company’s virtual needs.
Virtual training may just be the solution for thousands of professionals wanting to be an asset to the workforce of the future. It not only benefits employees but employers can also save on training expenses and the costly energy consumption of running and maintaining a physical workspace.
Customised virtual courses may seem like a temporary band-aid over the education system during a global pandemic, but do not be so quick to dismiss what is shaping up to be a complete revolution of the traditional ways in which we study and work in the twenty-first century.
Alexandra Knowles: March 18th 2021