Entering into the world of work can seem like a daunting feat, with many employers asking for hands-on experience. Placements and internships are indeed a fantastic way to gain lots of experience in your chosen industry, however opting for short courses also has great benefits. Not only do they give that extra edge to your CV to help you stand out to potential employers, they also provide bespoke and specific training to help further consolidate and broaden your skillset. In addition to this, taking a course following your degree also shows employers your commitment to your chosen profession. Below are a few examples of the types of courses that are available.
The Charted Institute for Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional body for courses in marketing and comprises of 50,000 members. They provide courses aimed to develop your skills and to build your confidence. They offer training and courses, taught by tutors that are experts in their fields, for all levels. Browse through their website for further information on the various courses that are available including costs.
Get in touch with your creative side with courses in interior design. If you love all things furniture and find yourself inspired with various colour schemes and the latest trends, opting for an interior design course might be a step in the right direction. Whether this is in the direction already set out for yourself, or a way to gain further insight into the industry, the National Design Academy has various courses ranging from diplomas to degree courses. Their courses provide great flexibility to work around your life with the option to study online.
Law Conversion (CPE and GDL)
If you are a non-law student interested in pursuing a career in law, completing a law conversion course is a great option. The CPE and GDL typically take one year to complete, if studying full-time, and are essentially a ‘fast-track’ course for aspiring solicitors and barristers. Most universities in the UK offer such conversion courses. Find out more about these courses, and which would be the most suitable for you.
Working in fashion is one of the most arduous industries to break into. With the competition being so high, enrolling onto one of the 165 short courses available at the London College of Fashion could be an exciting way to get your foot in the door. Whether you want to refine pre-existing skills or simply have a passion for the industry or are hungry to acquire specific skills, the college tailors for students of all ages covering a wide range of topics.
Of course, these are just a few examples of what courses are available to you, and once which you may consider after graduating. Most universities and institutions offer in-depth and bespoke courses, which would prove to be extremely beneficial. So even if you think you might be done with academic education, it could be well worth browsing all of the options that are available to you. It’s important to consider that all universities are very different and host a multitude of courses. So although you might not be able to imagine spending any longer at your university, there may be a course elsewhere which you’d absolutely revel in.
If committing to a course full-time is not an option there are other alternatives. The Open University, for example, offers the opportunity to study part-time, allowing you time to gain work experience. They offer online tutorials and few face-to-face days, which makes distance-learning practical and easy to work around other obligations. So get online and search relevant courses to see how you can enhance your career prospects.
- By Shreena Bagga