Changing job or career

Using learning to change career

If you are looking to change career area completely, gaining a specific qualification can be a good (or necessary) way to achieve this.

Consider all your options

  • There’s often more than one route into a career, so find out what options there are to gain the qualifications or training for the specific career that interests you. Find out more by looking at various jobs within Job Sectors. Some professional bodies and sector skills bodies' websites also have careers information.
  • Apprenticeships can provide an entry route into many careers, so if training in the workplace is of interest, find out what’s available. 
  • Research job opportunities locally for your chosen career area so that you know that there is a good chance of a job being available when you have completed your learning. You will find some recruitment sites listed under Tips to help you get back in to work.
  • You can get free careers advice from the National Careers Service.

How to choose the right programme

The Lifepilot section on What, where and how to study can tell you about different types of courses and how to apply.

There are many learning opportunities in local colleges, training providers and universities or you can search for a course further afield, e.g. by using the Hotcourses website.

Find out as much as you can about any courses that interest you. The Unistats website provides lots of useful information on higher education level courses, including how many people find employment after graduation. 

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