Many employers see the benefits of ensuring that their employees have opportunities to develop themselves both personally and professionally during the course of their careers. In this article, we look at a range of options which may be available to you to enhance your professional development.
What types of course are available?
Professionally-accredited courses provide the opportunity to study for a qualification which is recognised in a specific field. At Birmingham City University, we offer a range of professionally accredited programmes endorsed by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects. These can be offered at various levels including professional certificates/ diplomas, degrees or postgraduate qualifications.
Some courses actually provide options to develop professionally from ‘unqualified’ to ‘qualified’ status, such as teaching or nursing. Teaching assistants and care assistants may progress to the next stage of their career by achieving such a qualification.
Foundation degrees are a relatively new type of course which may appeal to those who are working in a particular area and want to complete a Higher Education qualification. Continue reading Professional Development Courses
Over recent years, part-time study has become more appealing to a large number of people. Increased interest generated by employers’ staff development needs and individuals’ desires to further themselves educationally at various stages of their lives has seen Higher Education course providers move to offer more flexible study modes in addition to their full-time course provision to respond to this need.Part-time courses can range from short practical courses, professional qualifications and vocational studies through to academic courses at bachelors and masters degree level. Some courses may allow students to prepare for a change in their career or enhance their current one. Students may be able to study on a day release basis, in the evenings or at weekends depending on the course itself.
The benefits of part-time study mean that students with other commitments – whether work or family – have greater opportunities to access courses which accommodate these more effectively.
Funding part-time study
Financially, many part-time courses are more cost effective than full-time study in terms of actual fee amounts charged and the ability to pay for the course over a longer period of time. Some students may be able to gain funding from their employer if the course they are studying is relevant to their professional development and their employer agrees to this. Other students may be able to gain support for funding for eligible courses via their Local Education Authority. Continue reading Thinking About Studying for a Part-time Course?