Are you ready for a career or is further education an option for you?
A postgraduate qualification can be beneficial for personal advancement and gaining a deeper understanding of a subject. Some also have significant professional advantages, helping to differentiate a candidate and to enhance career prospects
To facilitate a change of direction
To pursue an academic career
The specialist skills attained through relevant postgraduate studies can open doors to more challenging jobs with greater earnings potential.
But do be clear how you expect a postgraduate qualification to help you achieve your goals; you need to weigh up the costs and value of further study against the insight and expertise you would gain from the extra years’ work.
If you’re self-funding postgraduate studies, check if there are bursaries, scholarships or grants available; or you could apply for a Professional And Career Development Loan (PCDL)
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An alternative option is to study part-time for an MBA online, or opt for one of the widely available shorter courses.
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See Do Something Different? for some alternative postgraduate options
You might prefer to take a shorter course, which involves less time commitment and could be combined with part time work. Most courses are free, or low cost.
Any of these options should enhance your employability and will certainly demonstrate to employers that you are ambitious, hardworking, keen to learn etc., plus the challenge will keep you motivated during your job search:
Many universities and cultural institutions offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
They cover a wide range of subjects and are easily accessible.
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Learn coding or other digital skills
Code Academy Coding
Skillshare Creative & Design
If you would prefer personal contact or group study, you can probably find decent (though more expensive) courses in your local area e.g. Makers Academy (Coding & web development – London)
Brush up on language skills or take up a new one.
Other Short Courses, Training & Lessons
Free certified online courses in a wide variety of subjects, from business skills to IT and languages
Google Squared provides an overview of digital marketing, all the way from mobile behaviour including consumer journeys to google analytics. Having completed this course myself, I can’t recommend it enough. Brilliantly organised. Over 5 months you complete group work, individual tasks, lectures etc.
If you have any recommendations for courses you have enjoyed, please let us know!