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Moving on up the ladder

Gaining a qualification or learning new skills can be a great way to help you progress in your career. It will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills you need to progress.

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In some jobs you can't even move up the ladder unless you have particular qualifications.

 Before you choose a course

  • Be clear about the skills and expertise you already have and how you would like to progress within your existing job role or in your career area the HE Skills Map Tool to assess and record your current skills
  • Be sure that the qualification you are interested in will be valued by your employer or any new employer, and will get you where you want to go
  • Explore the training and development opportunities offered to employees by your current employer. If you have an appraisal scheme then you can ask about your opportunities for career progression during your appraisal interview
  • Find out whether there are opportunities for training through Unionlearn if you are a union member
  • Explore the type of qualifications that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress further by looking at the Sector Skills Councils' website and National Careers Service job profiles

  It is also worth considering the following:

  •  Finding out about any work-related courses available which will help you combine work and study and enable you to use your place of work to provide the evidence of your learning and undertake project work
  • Investigating available course offered by your local colleges, training providers and universities. You will find there are short course and part-time options available so that you can study and work at the same time. Some employers will give you time off for study if the course is relevant to your work role
  • Look at the 'What, where and how to study' section to find out about the range of different courses and ways to study
  • Explore professional development courses offered by colleges and universities and other work-related courses on offer
  • Ask for advice from the National Careers Service or from Unionlearn

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