Good qualifications can broaden your chances of getting your dream job. In some cases, they may be essential to landing that career you’ve always wanted.
Pursuing an education later in life isn’t easy and takes a lot of motivation. Fortunately, there are ways to make it more affordable and flexible.
If you’ve been debating going back to school to get qualified, here are some things to consider.
You Can Study Around Commitments
Taking a university course doesn’t require you to sit in a lecture hall anymore. You can now take many courses online, which allow you to complete them in your free time around a job or family commitments.
Online education doesn’t have to be impersonal either. There are online English tutors and other professionals that can give you one-on-one help.
Alternatively, you may be able to book time off work or get somebody to look after the kids to complete a week-long course in something. This may not give you a full qualification but could help you to learn small skills that can still be advantageous on a CV in some careers.
You Can Earn Money and Get a Qualification
As mentioned, you can work and study at the same time with an online course. But you may also be able to find a course that incorporates some form of payment.
Apprenticeship schemes offer some pay whilst giving you a qualification, although they are only open to younger people. There are also sandwich courses, which contain a year of paid work.
There Are Even Sponsored Courses
If you can’t afford to study or don’t want to deal with debts from a loan, you could consider a sponsored course.
There aren’t many of these around and those that do exist are highly competitive, plus you are tied to doing that job at the end. However, it may well be everything you could ask for if your dream workplace is offering such a scheme.
Be aware that you may also be applicable to a government grant depending on your income and where you’re studying. This may not pay for all of your studies but could help to contribute a large amount towards it.
You May Be Able To Get By With Transferable Skills
An education isn’t required for every job. Certainly, you’d struggle to become a doctor or a lawyer without a degree, but for some other jobs, there could be ways in simply by gathering a swathe of transferable skills.
For example, whilst you may need a degree in zoology to work in many zoos, others may be able to give you jobs simply based on a passion and experience working with animals.
You may have previously worked in a pet store, on a farm and in a dog shelter – a breadth of experience that shows a passion for working with animals and a level of experience that may make a degree unnecessary.