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Why you can’t “YouTube” your way through digital training

Yes, we all know with a few YouTube videos you could actually pick up a digital skill, but we can boldly say that depending solely on youtube videos to learn a skill has more disadvantages than its advantages. Here’s what we have found out over time

1. You can’t ask questions during a YouTube video.
Some tasks are pretty straightforward and a run-of-the-mill “how to” video will do the trick. But in many cases, it is not quite as simple as that – your role, industry and goals will determine why you need to perform a given task and the ultimate result that you are after. That means that you need to approach the problem in a specific way that the author of a YouTube video was not taking into consideration when he or she made it. In the majority of cases, training courses – even the online ones – have the advantage of giving you access to a course instructor and/or tutor who you can interrupt and interact with. You can ask questions and request more relevant examples, and in return you get advice that is specific to you and your problem.

2. YouTube doesn’t give you learning resources. A video on YouTube is great and it can help you solve a problem, but it’s very unlikely that the person who uploaded it will give you access to reference material. Taking a course gives you more security that you will be able to solve problems time and time again, building on your skills and using concepts or tools that you may not even have covered in the original course.

3. “Expert YouTube watcher” doesn’t look good on your CV.
So you watched a YouTube video and you learned how to apply that great effect in Photoshop. There’s no doubt that you feel a sense of achievement and that you can show your current boss potential future employers the results of having picked up this new trick. n the 5-7 seconds that recruiters generally spend looking at your CV, the truth of the matter is that an official course or qualification in Adobe Photoshop or Web Design has a better chance of making a mark than the promise that your work speaks for itself, no matter how good your works are…

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