By: Karen Hamilton, Assistant Director, Marketing & Enrolment, McMaster University Continuing Education
One of the biggest challenges
of living in today’s fast-paced world is finding the time to get things done.
As people’s professional lives get busier it seems harder to keep up with the
latest innovations and industry transformations.
If you are looking to
get ahead in your profession short courses are a great solution! They allow
you to hone into specific areas so you can fill knowledge gaps and gain the
necessary qualifications in a brief time period. Course lengths usually range
anywhere from one hour to a few months. Here
are three key benefits that short courses offer when looking to advance your
1. Get A Competitive Edge
are a great way to give you a competitive edge when it comes to career
advancement. As technology and industries continue to evolve it has become critical for employees
to gain the latest skills to stay ahead of the game.
More and more employers are looking for employees
who demonstrate a commitment to upgrading their skills; especially when
it benefits their organization. Gaining the knowledge offered from short
courses allows you to stand out from your peers and increases your chances of
getting that new job or promotion.
2. Take A Career For A Test Drive
It's natural to not
know what you want to do with the rest of your life. Today it’s not uncommon to
start in one career path and then switch to another. If you're unsure of what direction to take, short
courses are perfect for introducing you to different fields and industries so you
can determine if it’s the right career choice for you before making a larger
courses let you take topics for a test drive. They quickly give you valuable insights
into the types of knowledge and skills required for a particular industry which
can save you time and money upfront before investing in longer certification programs.
3. Fits A Busy Lifestyle
One of the greatest benefits of short
courses is that they are practical and convenient. They can fit easily into a busy lifestyle and
allow you to advance your knowledge without disrupting your current schedule.
Short courses are
perfect for up-skilling for the workplace and building on your qualifications. They
can be the key to unlocking new career paths and let you stay ahead in today’s job