Further Education

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Are you ready for a career or is further education an option for you?


Postgraduate Study

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


For Example…

Business-focussed studies

Vocational qualification

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)
See Professional and Career Development Loans


An alternative option is to study part-time for an MBA online, or opt for one of the widely available shorter courses.



Tips, Advice & Opinions

Postgraduate Funding

Prospects.ac.uk – Why do postgraduate study?

Postgraduate Study – All About Careers
Study options & considerations

The Guardian – Postgraduates
News & views



UCAS Postgraduates
Courses, application process, fees & funding

Postgraduate Courses – Prospects
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Postgraduate Courses – Hot Courses
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Search for further learning courses from some of the top providers in the country, covering all sorts of skills from floristry to IT security & everything in between.


See Do Something Different? for some alternative postgraduate options


Short Courses

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.

Pros & Cons: MOOCs Explained – Which? University


MOOC List – UK

Class Central

Udemy – business & personal development

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.

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Hot Courses generally charge a fee.
Postgraduate, training & vocational, online and fun short courses


Free certified online courses in a wide variety of subjects, from business skills to IT and languages


Google Squared
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!


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