The digital age is transforming the education sector across the globe, and has quickly given rise to a popular learning concept – electronic learning. Also known as eLearning, this is a form of education that takes place in the digital realm, allowing individuals of all age and levels of experience to learn about, well, anything they want. The global knowledge base is an open book, the only thing you need to do is to organize your time and find the best courses.

This innovative learning method is especially important and beneficial to those who are unemployed and living in constricting financial situations. Through online courses and communities, you can continue to expand your knowledge base and fine-tune your skills to land that perfect job. Here’s how to achieve this and so much more.

Find your ideal eLearning method

Electronic learning can take on many forms, so it’s important that you find a learning type that not only fits your schedule, but also your financial capabilities. What’s more, the eLearning method you choose should correspond with your preferred learning method and be engaging enough to ensure that you follow through with the course from inception to completion.

Typically, you will choose your method by the amount of time you’re able to spend in face-to-face interaction with your mentor. With eLearning, you can choose to learn about a subject through the materials you’re provided alone, or you can choose to have a mentor guide you through the learning process.

Learn at your own pace

One of the major advantages of eLearning is that you have the ability to structure your time how you see fit, and learn at your own pace. You don’t have to conform your schedule to a set curriculum, but instead choose to learn when and how you see fit. However, you can only do this by choosing a course that has no face-to-face tutoring.

The ability to manage your own time in such an efficient way will help you balance the numerous day-to-day chores while at the same time allowing you to search for a new job. Even if you find temporary employment, you can still resume your program and keep working towards your goals.

Make more financially-sensible decisions

If you are currently unemployed but want to seize every opportunity to expand your knowledge and skillset, then you will need to manage your finances wisely and find the most affordable learning methods. This is where eLearning truly shines, as it usually requires minimal financial investment depending on the course-provider you choose.

Given the fact that this is still a financial expense, it’s imperative that you make smart financial decisions. A quick credit check will give you a comprehensive overview of your current financial standing and lending potential, which will help you obtain the right loan to resume education or cover your living expenses until you find employment. Whether you decide to get a loan or if you tap into your savings account, it’s imperative that you take a calculated approach to every financial decision.

Research the best sites and communities

Now that you have discovered your ideal learning methods and have a clear understanding of your financial capabilities, it’s time to research and settle on the best learning sites and communities. Now, keep in mind that you can obtain all of the information you need from free sources in the online world, and indeed, there are some things you can learn for free.

However, if you want to get certified in specific areas of business, grow and develop professionally, and prove to your future employees that you indeed possess the desired skillset, you will need to take a course at a registered eLearning site. For example, if you want to find a job as an accountant, you will need to submit a resume with a formal certificate of your skills and education, so be sure to use free learning sources as supplementary education tools only.

Obtain job-specific knowledge and skills

And finally, remember that in order to land the job of your dreams, you need to be as specialized as possible. Employers are nowadays looking for those employees that possess a nuanced skillset that will help them improve a single aspect of their business – such as an SEO specialist in a digital marketing team, for example. With that in mind, instead of trying to learn as many different things as you can, be sure to identify your dream job and tailor your eLearning experience to help you make it a reality.

In conclusion

Unemployment is a difficult period in life, one that’s often laced with financial uncertainty. While that may be the case, keep in mind that this is also the ideal moment to invest your time in expanding your knowledge base and skills, and use eLearning to improve your chances of landing your dream job quickly.

Do you think that eLearning could guide you through difficult financial times and help you find a steady job again? Let us now in the comments below.

Author Bio: Emma is a digital marketer and blogger from Sydney. After getting a marketing degree she started working with Australian startups on business and marketing development. Emma writes for many relevant, industry related online publications and does a job of an Executive Editor at Bizzmark blog and a guest lecturer at Melbourne University. Interested in marketing, startups and latest business trends.

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Bryant Nielson is heavily involved in the Corporate Training and Leadership and Talent space. He currently is the Managing Director for CapitalWave Inc and the training division, Financial Training Solutions. He brings a diverse corporate experience of organizational development, learning and talent development, and corporate training, that also includes personal coaching of top sales individuals and companies of all sizes. For the prior 4 years, Bryant was the Managing Director and Leadership and Talent Manager for Lengthen Your Stride! LLC. In this position, Nielson was the developer of all of the courses for MortgageMae University (MMU), the Realtor Development Center (RDC), and of Lengthen Your Stride! (LYS). In that position, he developed material, refined over many years of use and active training, and condensed the coursework and training to be high impact, natural learning, and comprehensive. Bryant has over 27 years of Senior Management experience encompasses running his own Training and mortgage firm, in New York City. He strongly believes that the corporate training is not to be static but should 'engage and inspire' students to greater productivity and performance.