Preparing for job change through learning
Getting a qualification can help improve your skills, build up your expertise and improve your self confidence.
A new qualification will help you promote yourself on CVs and at interviews. Being able to show on your CV that you have started a course, tells your future employer that you are commited to improving yourself and have self motivation!
If you want to study in preparation for a change of job you will need to consider the best course to suit your needs and how much time you can afford to spend studying.
Finding out what qualifications and skills are needed:
- Explore the sort of jobs you are interested in and see what sort of skills, experience and qualifications are required by looking at the Sector Skills Councils' website for the vocational sector you would like to work in.
- Look at job profiles to see what skills and qualifications are needed and start thinking about which ones you have and which ones you need to get.
- Complete the NE Career Engine HE Skills Map which will help you think about experiences, skills and achievements you already have and see how they map to skills valued within higher education.
Exploring the range of learning opportunities:
- There are opportunities to study full-time, part-time and by distance learning. There are courses related to a specific job or subject and courses that will help you improve your skills e.g. IT, literacy, maths.
- What, where and how to study will explain about the different types of courses and how to apply.
- If you are already in work and in a union you could see what courses are offered through Unionlearn or find out whether there are opportunties for training through work.