Changing career through learning
Doing a course and gaining a specific qualification can be a good way to help change career.
The important thing is to decide what career you want to do and carefully research the best route to getting there.
Researching the best option for you
Find out information about the qualifications needed for specific careers through the National Careers Service or search sector skills bodies' websites to see what jobs, skills and qualifications are needed in each of the 23 vocational sectors.
Also, check to see what job opportunities there are in your chosen area so that you know there is a good chance of a job being available when your have completed your qualification.
Find out about employment trends in your area.
To get started you could complete the Lifepilot Profile Builder which will help you think about your ambitions, current skills and preferred ways to learn.
You will also need to check out about funding issues. There will be loans and other support available for adults on a first Level 3 or Level 4 course. However, if you want to do another qualification at a Level you already have you might have to pay.
The best thing is to choose a course that suits you and then check with the institutions about possible charges/loans. Alternatively, you could look for a course you can afford - but be sure to check out it will help you with your career plans and is valued by employers.
Choosing a course
Check out as much as you can about the courses you are interested in. The Unistats website will tell you information about many HE level courses, including how many people got jobs after the course.
Look at the Lifepilot section on What, where and how to study to find out more about types of courses and how to apply.
If you are looking for a career in the National Health Service in the South West look at the Day in the Life website.