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Going ‘back to school’ and enrolling on a training course is a great way to progress your career, or else take a completely new career path. The good news is that there are a myriad of options available that will suit most lifestyles, including full- and part-time course, home-based learning, evening classes, short and even day courses. To help you find the course for you (and as the latest installment of our Career Clinic), we’ve put together five options to get your grey matter mulling…

Middlesex University ‘work-based learning’ courses

For those who don’t think that they have time to do extra study then these courses work around you. There’s a range of courses covering everything from digital media to telecommunication, and as it’s distance learning you do it all from home. You’ll be allocated an academic adviser and communicate via email, online discussions and telephone. You get credit for experience and training that you already have, with further credit based on projects and research done at your existing workplace. In the end you get the same qualification as if you’d gone to university, but with these courses you customise your own programme based on your chosen career.

mdx.ac.uk

The London College of Style’s e-learning course

This course is designed for those who would like to try a new career but would prefer to study in their free time, in the evenings or at the weekends. It’s heavily vocational rather than theory-based and students receive feedback from the same lecturers as the college course. Topics include garment customisation, styling personal clients, celebrities and models, business and marketing skills, and brand analysis. Every student receives a critique of their progress and a contact resource book to help you get a foot in the door once you’ve completed the course. It costs £880 with 12 modules which you work through at your own pace.

londoncollegeofstyle.com

School of Life

The School of Life’s ‘How to Find a Job You Love’ course is designed for those who are still trying to figure out what they want to do. It explores what you really want from your working life and what you want to do for a living, as well as the factors that attribute to these ideas such as family life and your personality. Do you want to pursue money or status? How important is it to have a job that embodies your personal values or that uses your talents? Based in London, the School of Life holds this course regularly at a cost of £30.50, but book early as it’s very popular.

theschooloflife.com

Home Learning College

This is the UK’s biggest professionally accredited, vocational distance learning provider. The courses are designed to help people enhance their career or move into an entirely new field altogether. You don’t have to have any experience or knowledge in the course you’re doing, and you complete it at home at your own pace with support from tutors and an online community. Available courses included everything from Internet and web design to criminology and marketing.

homelearningcollege.com

Unique alternative options

If you’re looking to try a completely different line of work, then how about training to be a stand-up comic, wine critic, crime scene and forensic investigator or a puppet master? That would certainly make for some interesting conversations following the question ‘so, what do you do?’…

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