Ways to prepare for a job change through learning
Learning can improve your skills and expertise, build your self-confidence and allow you to gain additional relevant qualifications.
Showing you are studying for a new qualification will help you promote yourself on your CV and at interviews. It will show your current or any future employer that you are committed to improving yourself, self- motivated and prepared to work hard to achieve your goals.
How to find out what qualifications and skills are needed
- Explore the types of jobs you are interested in and see what sort of skills, experience and qualifications are required by looking at the Sector Skills Councils' website for the sector you would like to work in
- You can also explore job profiles to find out more about the jobs you are looking at and qualifications and skills required
- Complete the Lifepilot HE Skills Map Tool, this will help you think about experiences, skills and achievements you already have and which skills these have helped you to develop.
- Ask a National Careers Adviser a question
Explore the range of learning opportunities
- You have opportunities to study full-time, part-time and by distance learning. Once you know what qualifications you may need or what skills you would like to improve you can look for courses related to a specific job or subject and courses that will help you improve your skills e.g. IT, literacy, maths
- What, where and how to study will explain about the different types of courses and how to apply. If you want to study in preparation for a change of job or career you will need to consider the best course to suit you and the time you can afford to spend studying
- If you are in a union in your current job role you could see what courses are offered through Unionlearn or look at other opportunities for training through your workplace
Further information to help
The National Careers Service provides a free CV building tool
- You can see if you are eligible for some funding available for adults who want to get back into study, if you are over 24 and wanting to study at Level 3 or above
- If you are looking for a new job you can explore Universal Jobmatch which has one of Britain’s largest databases of job vacancies