Online Training May Be the Answer for the Unemployed
by Logan Smith
E-learning is beginning to change the way we think about education. You no longer have to sit in a classroom with a paper book and learn from a teacher who is physically in the room with you. Now, we have the options of e-books, learning management systems, and various multimedia lectures to choose from. E-learning isn’t just for formal education either, plenty of companies and individuals have started to focus on the idea of training and skill improvement, to be able to enter a job they may not have been qualified for just a few short years ago. The idea of skills training may even be helping young people find jobs in this unstable and sometimes volatile job market.
The job market is in bad shape, and not getting better. With the recent “occupation” of Wall Street, it’s becoming obvious to the world that Americans are really struggling to find work. Even more disturbing is the number of young people who are unable to find a job and become independent, placing even more financial burden on their parents or guardians. In fact, one recent study showed that an estimated one million young people cannot find work and over half of our 16 to 24 year olds are considered “economically inactive”—not working or attending school.
Online learning courses may be able to fill the skills gap, and may make younger Americans more employable and marketable. The tough job market doesn’t mean there are no jobs available, it just means the competition is much more fierce. Many Americans are taking jobs they are overqualified for, leaving little to no entry-level jobs for young people. Web based learning can now teach some of these skills that young people used to learn through on-the-job training, which can help them fill out their resumes and make them more valuable to a future employer.
Many of these web-based skills training programs can be taught on a learning management system, which many companies are interested in using, if they do not already. So not only can young or unemployed people learn skills for themselves and for future employers, but knowing how to navigate their way around an learning management system can be an equally valuable skill. Some valuable skills to be learned include administrative, marketing, carpentry, automotive, and other technical skills.
Many companies will look for a background in customer service or sales, especially since smaller businesses depend on reputation and clients in order to survive. Educating yourself also shows initiative and dedication. If you’ve found yourself unemployed and discouraged, it may be time to brush up on some important skills, and you can do so from the comfort of your own home.