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Online Learning – Shorter Courses, Higher Productivity


Online Learning

When you’re next on a train or a bus, lift your head up from your mobile phone and take a look. You’ll find that most people have their heads bowed.

Most of them will be staring at their mobile phones. Eyes, ears and minds locked into a virtual reality.

We now live a large proportion of our lives on the internet; a computer-generated world of online personas and global communities. We can find out what we want, when we want and how we want, and create online identities based on how we want to be seen.

All information is available to us. Immediately. It’s just a few clicks away. This has wonderful implications for self-learning and personal growth.

On the flip-side, this also means that your peers have the same capacity to get ahead. Let’s face it, we live in a competitive society. As participants in the game of competition, we should be using IT to our advantage.

How productive are you outside of work?

Narrowing the Knowledge-Gap: The demand for a more productive workforce in Hong Kong

The boss of a company is looking to fill a managerial position.

Office Worker A has a track-record of submitting unique proposals to management that have led to cutting company costs. Like reducing the amount of coloured printing or leasing unused space to another business. Office Worker B works hard, sticks with the same routine, and does what’s expected; a good employee.

The boss is looking for someone that thinks differently, thinks on their feet and that can work independently.

Who do you think’s going to get hired? Office Worker A or B?

Employers are looking for critical thinkers; people that find solutions to problems who think outside the box. They’re looking for people that can multi-task and be creative.

There’s been a shift in labour requirements towards a higher-skilled, better-educated workforce. According to a 2015 HK government report, it is expected that the proportion of ‘managers and administrators’ in Hong Kong will increase whilst the proportion of lower ‘clerical’ jobs will decrease.

We can all see that the pace of living in Hong Kong is fast. The entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and kicking. More needs to be done in a shorter space of time if you’re going to remain competitive.

Many people are taking advantage of online learning to gain the skills they need in a Hong Kong that’s getting smarter. Quickly.

Employers themselves recognise that continuous education has a positive impact for their companies and the employees:

Source: Lifelong Education and Labour Market Needs, An EvoLLLution Research Report, 2012

Indeed, many Hong Konger’s recognise this.

According to a 2015 HK government report, the percentage of people holding a Bachelor’s degree is expected to rise from 20.3% in 2012 to 24.9% in 2022. The amount of people holding a postgraduate degree is expected to be a whopping 317,000 people by 2022, that’s a rise from 5.5% of the population in 2012 to 8.6% in 2022.

How productive you are outside of work is becoming increasingly important.

Online Learning – Increasing Popularity