Learning for a career change
If you are looking to change your career path completing a course and gaining a specific qualification can be a good way to achieve this.
Once you have decided what new career you want it is important to carefully research the best route to getting there.
Discovering the best option for you
- Find out information about the qualifications needed for specific careers through the National Careers Service or search sector skills bodies' websites to see what jobs, skills and qualifications are needed in each of the 23 job sectors
- Research job opportunities locally for your chosen career pathway area so that you know there is a good chance of a job being available when you have completed your qualification. You will find some suggested job websites in Tips to help you get back in to work
- To get started complete the Lifepilot HE Skills Map Tool which will help you identify things you have done and the skills you have already developed.
- And get free careers advice from the National Careers Service
Funding for courses
You will also need to check out funding for your chosen course. There are loans and other support available for adults over 24 on a first Level 3 or Level 4 course. However, if you want to do another qualification at a level you already have you may have to pay course fees
The best thing is to choose a course that suits you and then check with the learning institutions about possible charges and available loans. Alternatively, you could look for a course you can afford - but be sure to check out if it will help you with your career plans and is valued by employers
Choosing a course
Check out as much as you can about the courses you are interested in. The Unistats website will tell you information about many HE level courses, including how many people got jobs after the course
Look at the Lifepilot section on What, where and how to study to find out more about types of courses and how to apply