On the whole, we are living and working longer than ever. We also have more options than ever before. With the world being ever more connected, the opportunities to work and study remotely are growing.
But what if you have gone beyond this idea and decided to travel the world alongside your work… and you have now decided you want to further your education and get a master’s degree? Is it possible to have it all?
How Distance Learning Makes It Possible
There are many similarities between remote workers and digital nomads - people who live in a nomadic manner but stay connected to friend, family and work through wireless internet. Both must be able to motivate themselves to add value from distance, and to perform and deliver on tasks that used to only be possible in person. Much like the advances in remote working, the fact that universities are now offering degree and postgraduate qualifications reveals an education revolution in the works.
Investing in ICT infrastructure, the media and EdTech, universities are making distance learning more readily available to digital nomads. For example, University of Exeter has the University of Exeter Online, offering prestigious post graduate degrees to distance learners. A wide range of courses are now provided fully online through the combination of video, online submissions and web-based communication.
What You will Need
It is crucial to ensure that you have access to the right technology. This means you will need access to a computer, a strong internet connection and the time/resources to make it work.
As a digital nomad, the allure of travelling to new and exciting places can easily draw you away from the beaten path, where internet can be patchy. As such, it is vital that you carry out proper research before you travel and work out the best times to study. In doing so, you will be able to travel and work as and when you need to.
Once you have got the technology and a plan in place, the application itself is a great way to practice and determine whether or not you really are ready to take on this challenge.
Could It Work for You?
If you are unsure as to whether this lifestyle could work for you, all you need to do is answer the following three questions:
- Can I build time into my schedule for learning, reading and researching?
- Am I willing to commit to a plan that I can afford to maintain?
- Can I live the life I want to live in doing so?
If you can answer YES to all three, then it seems like it’s time to consider that online course you’ve been thinking about signing up for.