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The benefits of online learning

An online course can boost your career and salary – without a huge investment

Last updated: 8 March 2023

With the rise of AI and the rate at which technology is evolving, today’s hot jobs may not be around tomorrow. Studying online, whether it’s to upskill or learn something completely new, is an effective way to get you a stronger CV, a new job, a promotion and even a whole new career. 

Here are five more reasons online learning might be right for you. Plus, how you can get access to online short courses from some of the world’s top universities, through GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand.

Boost your career options with an online course. Image: GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand


Most online courses are structured in a way that allows you to work through the modules and complete the course content over a certain period of time, as it suits you – so you can fit studying into your work and life schedule. You can also study at times of the day or night when you are most productive, and without classroom distractions.


Most people can’t afford to – or don’t want to – take long breaks from working in order to study full-time. Online learning allows you to get certified while you’re working and earning a salary – so you maintain your income while working towards improving it through your studies.


You don’t need to invest a huge amount of time or money to gain new skills or study towards a new career – most online courses are a lot shorter than traditional in-person degrees or certifications, and a lot less expensive.

Online learning allows you to study and keep your job. Image: GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand


Most online learning institutions will offer some sort of payment plan for your tuition fees, so you don’t have to pay the full amount upfront. And if you’re studying something that will help you in your current job, your employer may well be open to help fund your course. GetSmarter has some tips on how to have that conversation with your boss

All of GetSmarter’s online short courses come with an installment plan, so you can spread the cost of the full tuition fee.


If you’re all about the digital nomad life, online learning is right up your alley. Or maybe you have dreams of studying at UCT but are unlikely to get there (yet!). 

Online learning through GetSmarter gives you access to world-leading academic institutions from wherever you are. You’ll also be assigned a success adviser and there’s 24/7 assistance if you need it, so you’ll have support from wherever you’re studying.

Learn from anywhere with an online course. Image: GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand


GetSmarter is an online learning expert with more than 10 years' experience in developing high-quality online short courses from the world's leading universities, including UCT. 

You can study a range of subjects, from psychology and project management to AI marketing and blockchain technologies. 

GetSmarter analyses future skills requirements and designs courses that meet those needs – in other words, their online short courses are created with jobs in mind. Check out 10 of their short courses that can lead to better jobs.


GetSmarter programs are specifically designed for online learning and are immersive experiences – so whether you’re doing a quick micro course or something longer and more in-depth, you can expect more than just digital notes thrown into pre-recorded lessons. 

Watch to find out how GetSmarter puts their courses together and how learning with them works: 


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By Lee-Anne Spurdens



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