Are online short courses worth your time and investment?

by May 12, 2021Blog, Business Development, Business Support, Employment, Flexible Working, Personal Development, Productivity, Virtual Assistant/PA

Online short courses are seeing a boom right now, promising everything from greater confidence to practical office skills. However, are they worth your time and investment?

Whether it be soft or hard skills, the process of learning is the fundamental gateway to success. It offers ambitious individuals new opportunities to expand their knowledge and expertise. If there is a particular area that interests you, these skills can assist your career growth.

Refreshing your knowledge

In a loud and ever-evolving technical era, it isn’t enough to just get by. It requires more. Employers and clients are also looking to find a specific skills set. Skills such as computer literacy, efficient time management, critical thinking and flexibility, tend to be popular.

Investing your time on completing a short course brings you a step closer to harnessing the skills you need. Enabling you to adapt positively to any changes in your line of work and fill any knowledge gaps.

Take the course at your own pace

Short courses are completed on your terms, from your own home. Therefore, there is no pressure from an outside provider so you can take as long as you need to read and digest the information available to you. Similarly, if you’re looking to update your skills and knowledge quickly, these courses are generally fast to complete.

It’s important to not rush the learning process. A lazy mid-afternoon nap won’t put you behind the curve. We need to remember to take it easy. There’s enough time to do great things without holding yourself to unreasonable standards. This is partly why online courses are so successful; without time constraints, people can enjoy the process.

Save Money

While there are many free online courses, even those that aren’t, are typically cheaper than their on-campus counterparts. By learning virtually, you can eliminate room fees and commuting costs. Because online courses are incredibly flexible you’re able to continue working your normal hours, without cancelling appointments or taking time off. If you have limited funds, but would still like the edge over your competition, then online courses offer a fantastic opportunity to get ahead.

What courses do Elite PA Solutions have available?

Lockdown has given Sandy, founder of Elite PA Solutions, the time she needed to put her years of knowledge and expertise into a series of online courses.

As a board level PA, Sandy has provided PA support to a number of industry sectors, from those in recruitment to leadership. This experience has provided Sandy with extensive knowledge, which she would like to share, so that others too can benefit. Sandy’s online courses will add value to your work experience, while also improving your work efficiency and time management. Some of our recommended courses are:

  • Let go & delegate (worksheet) FREE to download
  • More time and less stress, easily achieved in five simple steps
  • Work smarter with your calendar

These courses can be completed within a short space of time online and incorporate hints and tips to help you not only within your day to day to day work life, but within your personal life too. Sandy shares with you how she manages her business, personal and family life – even down to how she’s educating her teenagers to start managing and keep track too. To learn more please visit our website, or feel free to contact us directly.

Many people have turned to online courses to give them the competitive edge, why not you?

Elite PA Solutions is a team of Virtual Assistants who will save you time by taking care of the operational side of both your business and personal life. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website at or feel free to contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Who am I? – Sandy Hearn Biography

We are all guilty of not playing to our strengths on occasion, both in our business and personal life. Through delegation and outsourcing you can prioritise your workload and hand the rest to the experts.  When we let go, we grow – I’ve witnessed this first hand and the transformation is incredible. So much so, I now dedicate my time providing business owners with skilled virtual Personal Assistants, who they can outsource much of their work to. We provide our clients with true right-hand support as and when they need it.

I have 25+ years’ experience as an Executive Assistant at c-suite and board level. Fifteen of those years were spent within executive search and almost 9 years growing my business – Elite PA Solutions. Today, I have a team of 10 highly skilled and efficient associates. My mission is to ensure your life runs more smoothly, it’s as simple as that.

I was delighted to receive industry recognition as Winner, VA of Year West Midlands & Runner Up for the UK in the UK VA Awards 2020.

You can learn more about how I can help you with your administrative and operational business support here

If you have any questions please email me at or send me a message on LinkedIn. I aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours Monday-Friday.