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What should I study online in New Zealand?

Doing an online course is a great way to expand your knowledge, upskill or propel you onto a career path you love. However, with a lot of online learning course providers out there, it can feel overwhelming trying to find the right course for you. 

If you’re wondering what courses will benefit your career, this guide dives into the key questions you should be asking yourself first. We will also explore some of our most popular courses to study online in New Zealand.

At My Learning Online, we pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of our online courses. Put together by industry professionals, they can give you a step up into some of New Zealand’s top and most lucrative industries. 

But first thing’s first…

What do you want to achieve?

If you’re keen to do an online course but you’re not sure what to study, the first question you should ask yourself is what do you want to achieve from it? Do you want to advance your career by improving your skill set? Or do you want a promotion and higher pay?

Perhaps you’re keen to change your career altogether or work in an industry that allows you to work from home, offers more time freedom and fulfilment? Are you looking to turn a hobby or passion into a career? 

Learning online doesn’t have to be about advancing your career either. Perhaps you want to simply learn something new on a topic that interests you. Knowing what you want to get out of your course will help you narrow it down and find the right one for you.

What are your passions and interests?

The next step in deciding what to study is to think carefully about what interests you. This step is particularly relevant if you’re considering a career change or want to try something different but you’re not sure what to do. It’s exciting because you can delve into your passions and interests and find something that really inspires you. 

Perhaps you have a dream of working with animals? Maybe you’ve always wanted to make the world a better place? Are you creative with a camera or do you want to run your own business someday? 

A fantastic advantage of doing a course online is that you don’t have to confine yourself to one topic of study. Our courses are specially designed to be flexible and offer a range of payment plans to suit you so you can go as in-depth on a topic as you like. With 24/7 access, you can self-study at a time that fits around any current family or professional commitments.

Our online courses

At My Learning Online, we have a variety of flexible online courses that suit a range of interests and cover some of the most popular industries in New Zealand. Whether you’re looking to get ahead, learn a new hobby or give yourself an edge on competitors, we’re with you every step of the way. 

Working with animals

Some of our most popular online courses in New Zealand involve working with animals. If you love animals and want to see them happy and healthy, our Vet Assistant course might just be perfect for you. Otherwise, consider making an impact on animals’ lives with a course in Animal Welfare!

Pet care is also an incredibly lucrative industry in New Zealand and it’s boomed over the course of the pandemic, with more people welcoming pets into their home due to shifting work patterns. 

Our extensive range of Animal Care courses is an excellent place to start if you want to break into this industry. We’ve also got you covered on a number of courses focused on Dog Grooming, Training and Cat Care that will allow you to run your own business!

Courses in agriculture and farming

If there’s one lucrative industry with career satisfaction and staying power, it’s Agriculture. The great outdoors is your office and you get to work on the land every day. Agriculture has always been one of the biggest industries in New Zealand, both in domestic production and the value of exports. 

In fact, it adds a gross value of 12.89bn dollars to the country’s GDP. New Zealand is also one of the world’s largest exporters of dairy products and sheep meat. We have a series of high-quality Cattle Farming courses available with dedicated courses in Dairy, Beef and Livestock Management. 

If you’re more interested in growing produce, check out our courses on Agronomy, Viticulture and Certificate in Agriculture. We also have a course all about Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, if you’re passionate about making the farming industry more environmentally friendly. 

Online lifestyle courses

If you dream of working from home or you want to create a better work-life balance, a Lifestyle Career might just be what you’re after. 

If you’re interested in travel and tourism, we have courses on Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism and getting into the Bed & Breakfast Business. From here, you can start your own business, make the world a better place and offer authentic travel experiences. 

Personal and professional transformation coaching has also grown to become some of the most in-demand jobs in light of the pandemic with many people pausing to re-evaluate what they want from their lives. The industry grew by 51% in 2020! 

Building a career in this industry can be highly rewarding as you get to guide people towards a life they thrive in. One of our most popular lifestyle courses, the Life Coaching, Health and Wellbeing Certificate is designed to help you start your own business or work for a company in the space of life coaching.

Small business, admin and reception courses

Admin roles are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. Developing your skills using one of our small business, admin and reception courses can open up a diverse range of career opportunities and make you highly employable in any industry you choose to pursue. 

Our popular short business course, Project Management and Leadership is perfect for those who want to gain the confidence to take their current role to leadership level. It can also pave the way for opportunities in project management, an in-demand industry with an expected growth of 33% by 2027!

Another valuable skill is bookkeeping and administration in small trade and construction. Both small trade and construction are huge industries in New Zealand, however, many small to medium companies struggle when it comes to the admin, bookkeeping and tax side of their business. 

This is where you step in. Not only will you have the skills needed to be a vital business support worker but you will also have a basic knowledge of the principles and terminology used in these industries. 

Beauty therapy courses

The beauty industry is fast-paced and competitive in New Zealand, but our dedicated beauty courses can hone your skills and help you stand out. The industry has a diverse range of career opportunities to explore if you love makeup and a flair for creativity. 

One of our most in-demand courses is Makeup Artistry, which teaches you the theoretical and practical skills you need to succeed as a makeup artist. With this certificate, you can build a career in bridal makeup, fashion, entertainment or set up your very own salon! 

In an industry that is constantly changing, it’s important for beauty professionals to stay on top of trends and practice their skills. For this reason, we have a range of some of the best specialised online short courses in New Zealand, including Eyebrow Henna, Eyebrow Lamination and Eyelash Lift and Tint.

Photography courses

Photography is an industry that champions talent and creativity above all. You can also specialise in a range of sectors such as journalism, food photography, wildlife photography or special occasions. The choice is yours!

As a photographer, two days are rarely the same. If that excites you and you love the idea of building a flexible career out of your creativity, then check out our five beginner-friendly Photography courses. 

Whether you want to run your dream photography studio, become an expert in portraits or have adventures as a wildlife photographer, we’ve got you covered. Don’t have the gear? Don’t worry, our payment plans include a DSLR when you sign up.

A career you love

Doing an online course gives you the freedom and flexibility to build a career you love at a time that suits you. With some of the best online learning courses in New Zealand, you can get started on your new path or passion today.

Here at My Learning Online, we offer affordable payment plans, 24/7 learning access and a dedicated team of experienced tutors to help you every step of the way. Plus, if you’re still unsure about what career path to take then you can also speak to our career consultants!

So, what course is right for you? There’s only one way to find out.


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