City : Learning Bank : College/University
Making your mind up about whether or not to go on to further education can be a huge decision. There are loads of things to think about:
Don’t just do it for the sake of it: Education is expensive and takes time and effort, so make sure that it is the best thing for you. Think about what you hope to get out of it and how getting another qualification will benefit you.
Don’t do it just because your mates are doing it: They may have a different job or career in mind and while it makes sense for them it may not be the best thing for you. Think about where you want to get to and what all your options are.
What would your future boss want?: Employers aren’t just looking for a long list of qualifications, they may prefer that you get started straight away and learn on the job, they may want you to get prior experience or they may ask for a specific qualification or certificate in something. Make sure you know what you need!
FAQs and Concerns
How will I afford it?: Education is expensive and you have to really think about how you will be able to pay for it and whether you might be better off getting a job and your foot on the ladder. There is more information on funding your learning in this building.
But I left school years ago!: This is no barrier to going on to further education, getting another qualification can help you move up in you career or even start a new career. Just make sure you have enough time to study. It can be strange going back to education after you've not done it for a while. Just remember that you will have to do work at home as well as at school so make time for that.
I don’t have much free time: That's no problem either, there are loads of options for studying, you can do it part-time, in the evenings or at weekends, while you take care of a family or while you are working. You can even do distance learning so that you can learn in your own home if you can't make it out to classes.
But I don't know what else to do : there are so many other options that may be better for you, going straight into a job, getting an apprenticeship or traineeship or even starting your own business. One of the advantages of starting work straight away is that your employer may pay for you to take courses and exams for you! For more information on apprenticeships have a look at the Apprenticeships Arena.