As we move into 2022, the benefits of studying from home continue to be significant. With many aspects that make it a highly effective way of studying, it has never been easier to balance busy modern life and progressing your knowledge. Choosing to study remotely is therefore an excellent way to help progress your career in the growing Renewable Energy sector.
Read on for 5 of the Renewable Energy Institute’s top reasons to study from home:
1. You Will Save Time
Studying remotely means you do not have to spend time travelling to and from specific locations to attend classes. Those extra hours once spent commuting can now be dedicated directly to studying, allowing you to complete your courses more quickly and efficiently.
In addition, you can look further afield for courses if all you need to do is log in from your current location. The Renewable Energy Institute is proud to welcome participants from all over the world on our wide range of accredited courses. The innovative online learning platform used by the Institute makes it easy to study from any location and in any time zone.
2. You Will Save Money
Not only does studying from home save time, but it also saves the cost of travel and accommodation often required for in-person courses. In some cases, online options may also be a cheaper alternative as there are fewer overhead costs associated in their organisation.
A further positive aspect is that, if less or no travel is required, home study can also prove to be a more sustainable option, and can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
3. You Will Gain Flexibility
Studying online allows for a great degree of flexibility. For some this can be the important difference between choosing to enrol on a course or not.
Online study provides the opportunity to study at your own pace and at times that suit you, even if these are outside traditional working hours. In turn, it then becomes easier to study around existing employment or family commitments. This means that individuals no longer have to choose between employment and further education and can advance their career more quickly than before. Overall, home study allows for a healthier study-life balance, more suited to modern living.
Being able to study at your own pace can also significantly reduce feelings of pressure or worry regarding deadlines and help you to achieve a better understanding of the material being covered. The Institute’s online, on-demand courses allow participants to take in the material at their own pace and rewatch topics as many times as needed. Participants can even take the exam remotely from the comfort of their own home.
4. You Will Accumulate CPD Hours
The flexibility of home study makes it easier to build up Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours, putting you at an advantage as you progress your career. CPD hours are an excellent way to prove continued learning to your employers and allow you to stay ahead of the curve in a competitive field. This is of upmost importance in the Renewable Energy sector, where technologies advance frequently and professionals need to stay up-to date.
Remember that you can put your CPD hours toward Membership of the Renewable Energy Institute, which gains members access to exclusive content and training opportunities, as well as aiding career progression. Click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
5. You Will Gain Networking Opportunities
Many people assume that networking opportunities drastically reduce as training moves online. However, online training can actually open up possibilities to network with people from all over the world.
The Renewable Energy Institute is pleased to offer regular Live Virtual Classrooms, which provide invaluable opportunities to network with other like-minded professionals across the globe. Going forward, this opportunity to discuss Renewable Energy technologies together, will be of crucial importance in the industry, as countries must work together to achieve the targets outlined by COP26.
For those participants studying fully on-demand, rather than in the Virtual Classroom, the Institute’s LinkedIn page also offers excellent opportunities to engage with others in the Sector.
Things to remember
While an excellent way to learn, there can of course be challenges when it comes to home study. However, by following the steps below you can ensure that you study efficiently and effectively.
- Optimize your environment and make sure that you have a comfortable place to study, away from distractions.
- Set out fixed time periods specifically for study and plan ahead to ensure you make the most of enrolment periods.
- Know your mind and familiarise yourself with the best ways to self-motivate.
The Renewable Energy Institute continues to offer different methods to study from home, whether this is our Live Virtual Classrooms, or our online on-demand Distance Learning courses. Participants can even work towards the Accredited Master in Renewable Energy Award, completely from the comfort of their own home. Click here to find out more or speak to one of our course advisers by calling +44 (0)131 446 9479 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm UK time).