If you are looking to give your career a boost then there’s no better way than undertaking a relevant training course or qualification. The benefits are clear:
Gain Extra Skills – First and foremost, undertaking extra training and qualifications means that you are equipping yourself with valuable new skills that will be of use to you in your career.
Show Your Dedication – Gaining extra skills and qualifications is a great way of demonstrating your dedication and ambition to prospective employers.
Meet New Friends – Whether you take a classroom course or an online one, there are great opportunities to make new friends when taking a course. These could become valuable contacts who may help drive your career forward.
Gain Confidence – As well as the direct career benefits of undertaking a qualification or training course, it will help boost your confidence which is always a good thing.
What Sort Of Course Do You Want To Do?
If you’re looking to expand your qualifications for your CV (and ultimately give your career a boost) then it is important to decide what sort of course you want to do. There are thousands of courses out there offering a vast range of qualifications so you need to ask yourself some important questions such as:
- What skills do I want to learn?
- Do I want a course that will help me with my current role or do I want one that will prepare me for a career in a new industry?
- What level of course do I want to do? For example, do I want to improve some basic skills such as literacy/numeracy or do I want to undertake further or higher education or professional qualifications?
- How will this course improve my CV?
- Where will this course/qualification take my career?
To give you some ideas, here’s a list of some popular course categories offered by leading online learning provider Virtual College.
- Business courses e.g. admin, finance and marketing courses
- Construction courses e.g. carpentry, building courses
- Equality courses e.g. courses looking to build awareness of equality issues
- Diversity courses e.g. course to raise awareness of diversity issues and concerns
- Health and safety courses e.g. courses such as fire safety or moving and handling people and objects.
- Healthcare courses e.g. courses such as infection prevention and control and medication awareness.
- Hospitality courses e.g. good hygiene courses or various customer services courses
- Housing courses e.g.courses such as income management or courses looking at housing frameworks and legislation.
- Management courses e.g. recruitment skills and managing issues such as stress and attendance.
- Retail courses e.g. courses that look at consumer rights, contracts and sales skills.
- Safeguarding courses e.g. child safeguarding
- Work Skills courses e.g. courses that are developed to give you the basic skills to make your more employable
- CPD (continuing professional development courses) e.g. courses that are designed to update skills that you may already have and introduce you to the latest thinking on them.
What Level of Course Do You Want To Study?
Courses are available not just in a range of disciplines but in a range of levels too. Most courses these days will declare which level they are at and choosing the right level is essential. Choose a course that is of too low level and you may find it too easy as well as it not teaching you anything of value. Choosing a course that is of too high a level may be too difficult and you risk failing the course or quitting early because of its difficulty. To give you an illustration of the levels used in the UK, we’ve done a quick list below to illustrate the approximate difficulty:
Entry Level – Skills For Life or basic skills qualifications
Level 1 – GCSE grade D, E, F, G
Level 2 – GCSE A* – C
Level 3 – A-Level A – E
Level 4 – Cert of HE
Level 5 – Dip of HE/Foundation Degree
Level 6 – Bachelor’s degree
Level 7 – Masters degree
Level 8 – Doctorate
Classroom Course Or Online Learning?
Depending upon the sort of course you decide to study, you may have a choice of how you study for your qualification. If you do, usually it will be one of two options:
- Classroom Study: This is the traditional way of studying which is where you go to a physical location and learn in a classroom with a teacher and other students.
- Online Learning: More and more study these days is being done by online learning which is where you study at home or work via the internet whenever it suits you.
If you do have a choice, then it really depends upon what learning style you like best as to what is the best way to complete your qualification. More and more courses now are being delivered online such as at the Virtual College as most people like the flexible nature of the courses that allows them to study around work and family life.
How Will You Pay For Your Course?
This is a crucial question that you will need to have an answer to before you start any qualification. Depending upon what you are studying and at what level, your course could be free, or stretch into thousands of pounds if it’s a degree course of some kind. Depending upon the course, there may be funding that you can get from various sources such as:
- Your employer
- Your local authority
- Scholarships and bursaries
If you have to pay for your own course however, this can have its own benefits. Having the foresight and courage to invest in qualifications for your own career is impressive in its own right to employers. It will look great on your CV and whilst it may cost you a significant amount of money, the benefits will almost certainly outweigh the costs involved.
If you’re now ready to start thinking about gaining qualifications to boost your career, why not start by taking a look at the courses on offer by the Virtual Learning College? You can visit their website here for more information.