IRELAND, August 2020: Alison.com, one of the world’s largest free online learning platforms, releases findings from independent consumer research. The study looks into UK attitudes to traditional education, adult learning and the impact on future careers.
The survey reveals the tide is turning on traditional education as a fifth of Brits now believe a formal qualification, such as a degree, is not important in the current job market. Two-fifths of us no longer think that holding a degree impresses a potential future employer.
The millions of redundancies looming we are more aware than ever about the importance of self-improvement. 92% of respondents feel that upskilling will be important for securing a job in the future.
The global pandemic has had a goliath impact on education as a whole. With more time on our hands, Brits are now considering alternative training methods to change their careers.
Only 23% are considering a full-time college or university degree, compared to 40% who stated they are more likely to study part-time or do a night course and over a third (36%) are considering an online learning course.
Those that are taking up e-learning are doing so with the objective of making themselves more employable. Over half (56%) are studying online to set themselves apart from other candidates. Lockdown has resulted in many of us reconsidering our futures with half (51%) of respondents embarked on training online to fulfil a dream career.
The introduction of online lessons in schools, and universities adopting virtual lectures, mean the tide is turning on attitudes to education. Almost three-quarters (74%) of respondents are now more likely to consider virtual learning than they were a year ago.
Mike Feerick, CEO and founder of Alison.com comments, “The research highlights that the traditional education model needs adapting. Technology enables us to impart skills and knowledge to all at no cost to the learner. Whilst it is not a panacea for all learning and skill needs, it can open up new learning opportunities to millions more people than the current system allows. With millions facing unemployment, it is important to consider what employers really want. Getting on the career ladder is one of life's great challenges and it is encouraging to see the public becoming more aware and open to free upskilling resources. These help them get that new job, but also support career progression, and security, which will become even more important in the months to come.”
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