Make the most of this year by studying a short course. “Why?” you ask. “Why not!?” we answer. Here are ten of the top reasons why registering for a short course is one of the best things you can do this year:

1. Learn the fast, easy way

A short course is a great way to study. It is fast, easy, and accessible, and can be done part-time without any inconvenience – especially if you choose to study via distance learning.

2. Study with next to no money

Studying a short course is affordable. It’s nothing like taking one of those long and expensive university courses.

What’s more, at Oxbridge Academy:

  • Your course fees are all-inclusive, which means that your study materials and textbooks are included in the course price.
  • You get a cash discount if you pay for your course upfront.
  • You will never pay any interest on your instalments.
  • You can talk to us to work out a flexible payment plan to suit your budget.

3. Save money in the future

Not only is a short course affordable in itself, but taking one might also save you money in the future. “How?” you ask.

A short course is a great way to get an introduction to, or test out, a particular career path or study direction. It is thus wise to do it this way around, before investing all your time and money in a study direction you aren’t sure of yet.

In fact, each year thousands of students enrol for lengthy and expensive university programmes, only to realise a couple of months in that they’ve made a huge mistake.

“Some 46% of all students who started studying three- and four-year degrees in 2005 at South Africa’s 22 universities … had dropped out by 2010,” reported the Mail & Guardian in 2013.

4. Study whenever and wherever you want

You can study your short course from home, and complete it from anywhere in South Africa. What’s more, you will be able to study in your spare time and fit your short course into your current lifestyle.

One of the great things about studying at Oxbridge Academy is that you can register anytime of the year, and complete your course in your own time.

5. Get the building blocks for a successful career

A short course will teach you work-related skills that you will be able to use to build your career. You will be able to:

  • Learn specialised skills related to your profession.
  • Boost your CV with new training.
  • Keep up to date with new developments in your field.

Studying certain courses will give you definite advantages in your career, and will help you to get ahead. If you are a secretary, for example, and you do a course in office management, you might qualify for a raise or promotion.

6. Benefit from universal application

You are mistaken if you think a course not directly applicable to your profession is useless. Everything you learn will somehow be useful somewhere along the line.

Each and every action you take to improve yourself will pay off eventually.

As Benjamin Franklin said:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

Besides, a wide range of skills is always impressive to prospective employers.

7. Keep yourself stimulated, interested, and inspired

Taking a short course is a great way to keep your mind active and sharp. Humans are naturally hungry for new knowledge and experiences. So stimulate your mind and reinvigorate your work life by learning something new this year.

It’s important to keep learning throughout your life, even if you don’t need another qualification. Learning:

  • Improves your memory.
  • Keeps your mind healthy in old age (even helping to prevent mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s).
  • Keeps you interested in your job, thus making you a happier human being.
  • Inspires you with new knowledge and ideas, allowing you to build a naturally successful career.

8. Promote yourself

Actively studying is a great way to set yourself apart from other employees and jobseekers. Employers take notice of those who go the extra mile to improve themselves. And they usually regard such individuals as assets to their businesses.

Being able to tell your employer, or prospective employer during an interview, that you are currently working and studying will show that you have drive and potential, and that you are hardworking and ambitious.

9. Tick off a range of New Year’s resolutions

Did you have some of these on your list on the first day of the year?

  • Learn something new
  • Advance my career
  • Get a better education
  • Earn more money
  • Get more out of life
  • Seize the day
  • Grab life by the horns
  • Don’t let opportunities go by

Simply study a short course and start ticking them off!

10. Benefit from Oxbridge Academy’s services

Oxbridge Academy makes studying a short course easy, fun, and highly rewarding in a number of ways. Here are some examples:

  • We have an online student portal with a number of e-learning features.
  • We courier all your course material to your front door.
  • We have industry-expert tutors on hand to assist you.
  • There are no exams for short courses – only written assignments.
  • There are no entrance requirements for short courses (other than that you need to be at least 16 years old and able to read and write in English).

As a leading distance learning college, Oxbridge Academy offers short courses in:

  • Advertising & Marketing Management
  • Bookkeeping & Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Childhood Development
  • Contact Centre Operations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Tourism & Hospitality

So take charge of this year, do something inspirational and worthwhile, and start your short course now!

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