According to a recent report, demand for online education has soared during the pandemic. With this in mind, we surveyed people in the UK who have undertaken an online course to reveal the impact learning new skills online can have on a person’s career and personal development.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic, health and safety has taken centre stage and businesses have raced to make workplaces COVID-secure to get employees back to work safely. But this has also heightened awareness of the overall importance of health and safety in the workplace.
There was a slight disparity among men and women when it came to the most popular subjects of interest. Men opted for courses in IT software (18%), health, safety & wellbeing (18%) and leadership (14%), whereas women opted for courses in health, safety & wellbeing (30%), people & communication (15%) and IT software (10%).
The internet has revolutionised learning, with schools, universities and businesses adopting eLearning to educate their students and employees. But how is eLearning impacting everyday life? Our survey revealed extensive personal benefits to learning new skills online, with more than 2 in 5 (43%) 16-24-year-olds saying their new skill has helped them start their own business. Not only that, nearly half of people aged 55+ (49%) said they want to learn more skills in the near future, proving it’s never too late to learn something new.
The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report suggested that by 2025, complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management and emotional intelligence would be among the most important skills required in the workplace. This may explain why 6 in 10 (64%) people think there should be more emphasis on schools to teach soft skills to students. But what are the most popular skills people want to learn?
IT skills are increasingly the most in-demand credentials in the workplace, which may explain why 22% of respondents chose this as a key area they want to learn more about. Other sought after skills include problem-solving, with 19% of respondents most interested in this, and motivational skills, with 18% of respondents choosing this as the skill they’d most like to learn.
If you could be taught by anyone famous, past or present, who would your ultimate teacher be? Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of space, time, gravity and the universe, which may explain why his name featured most when respondents were asked who their ultimate teacher would be. Other names that made the list included David Attenborough, Brian Cox and Winston Churchill.
According to the latest report, the global eLearning market is set to reach $457. 8 Billion by 2026. With the rapid improvements in digital technology, eLearning is definitely here to stay.
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Survey data was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Go1. 1000 UK respondents were surveyed between 08.12.21 - 13.12.21. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society which are based on the ESOMAR principles.