This year I’ve decided to do more things for myself. Little things, which make me happy and feel more satisfied with life in general. I’ve ditched the mentality of doing something because I think I should, and instead am focusing on things that make my heart give a little leap. Whilst my ultimate passion will always be writing, since starting the 3 Little Buttons blog I’ve got an insatiable appetite for all things marketing.
Working full time and being the best parent I can be for Little Button (and squeezing in writing too) isn’t always easy. So when it comes to studies, I like to keep things light and not overly pressured. Online courses that you can complete in your own time really appeal to me and so I took a jump and have just started an online Marketing Diploma course with NCC Home Learning – for fun!
Choosing an online course provider
I have to admit that choosing an online course provider can be a bit tricky… ok, very tricky. There are so many out there and often the bogus ones do look like the real deal. No one wants to end up paying for silly course content, so I always stick to the well-known and trusted course providers, just like the NCC. That way I know that I am receiving the right information, delivered in an engaging and manageable format.
Marketing Diploma with NCC Home Learning
The marketing diploma I’m taking is geared up for complete beginners and covers the basic principles and digital methodologies. There are 7 modules in total to take, all of which look really exciting and doable within the 12 months completion period. Here’s what it looks like when you log in to your dashboard.
I love how you can clearly see the modules in your course list, and the brief summary of what to expect. As you can imagine, I’ve had a good rummage around and I’ve got my eye on module 4 – Digital Marketing Methods, which also covers blogging! *Whispers – I had to stop myself from doing this one first!
So, I’ve already made a start on the course (from the beginning), and am currently knee-deep in the ‘Marketing Mix’ module. It’s all about defining a brand, establishing the market position, identifying the target market, reaching customers and the extended marketing mix! There’s a lot to get your teeth into, but NCC Home Learning make all the information very accessible in bite sized chunks.
I’ve already learnt how important business values are and how they are the catalyst in marketing campaigns *makes note to self. I’ve found out more about old and new style marketing, and how each has its place. And discovered how relatively low-cost stunts can drive an obscene amount of traffic to a business *googles blog stunts.
Do I need to be sat at a computer to take this course?
No you definitely don’t. And that’s why I’ve been enjoying it so much. The Marketing Diploma course with NCC Home Learning is completely geared up for those with busy lifestyles. If you have a portable device with an internet connection, like your phone or a tablet, then you’re really going to love this. All the course modules can be fully downloaded as PDF files, meaning that you can bring your course anywhere! I’ve got the first 3 modules downloaded to my phone and iPad, and am often studying during my work commute on the underground! #Winning
The best bits about this course
In case you are thinking of joining me on a marketing learning journey, here are some of my favourite bits about the course.
-You can study the online Marketing Diploma course with NCC Home Learning in your own time, which is perfect if you are a busy parent like me.
-The course dashboard is easy to log into and navigate around.
-All your course modules are viewable (with their own brief summary) on the course dashboard, so you always know what’s coming next.
-You can access the whole course content whenever you feel like it. So when you start the course (or at any time at all) if you feel like rummaging around to see what’s what, you can. I did!
-Every module comes as a downloadable PDF file, so you can work on your course offline wherever you go.
-As the modules are downloadable, you can keep your course content forever. Hurrah!
-Each module starts with a clear learning outcome summary, so you know what you need to focus on before you have even started.
-At the end of the module is a very clear and straight to the point summary. This is really good to look back over if you need to remind yourself of a particular area.
-Each module contains high quality content. In fact, I was surprised at how much content there was to get through.
-There’s no fluff or lists of links to click within the modules. This was a huge plus for me, as I have done a few courses (elsewhere) which have driven me round the bend. Where every other paragraph you were required to ‘click here to read about…’. This course is the complete opposite to that. Everything you need to know if written into the module content.
My Overall Thoughts
I’m really impressed, and I don’t say that lightly. These days we are uber-tech savvy, so no matter how good a course is, if it’s not super accessible in a number of ways, it’s pretty much not happening. NCC Home Learning have combined a strong digital learning platform with, of course, an excellent online course. It’s a #WinWin all round. And, for the first time in ages I can’t wait to pick up my phone, iPad or mouse to get stuck in with learning something new, fresh and exciting.
Have you taken any online courses before? If so, what did you think?
Disclosure: Many thanks to NCC Home Learning for inviting me to test drive this course. All views are my own.