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New Year, New Me, New Career?

12th January 24

Another 12 months have passed and with a fresh year comes the chance for people to consider and begin accomplishing their New Year’s resolutions. There are many different goals that people set out to achieve; ranging from trying to lose weight, maintaining a healthier diet or even making wiser financial decisions.

If you’ve found yourself wondering “Am I happy in my current career?” lately, why not take this year as an opportunity to work towards a fresh new you? If that sounds like what you’re looking for, here are some things you can do to best approach a new career this New Year.

Rejuvenate Your CV

Be honest, when was the last time you looked at or updated your CV? Unless you’ve applied for or started a job recently, it was likely the last time you applied for your current job!

Did you know that, on average, hiring managers only look at a CV for 7 seconds? Why not take the time to rejuvenate your CV and update your experience, tweak and modernise the format and add those skills you learned last year? These are just a few of the things that can help you to stand out to recruiters and provide the first step into a new job or career. Here are some more of our recommended tips:

  • Steer clear of dull, clichéd sentences and inject some originality
  • Career switching? Describe why and how you’ll suit your new field
  • Use bullet points (see what we did there?) – they are an effective way to break down key points clearly. Remember, 7 seconds!

For a more in-depth analysis of how best to update your CV, read our Detox Your CV with These Tips blog.

Complete Further Education

University is always a great option to further your knowledge and skill set. The one major downside, as we all know, is this will seriously deplete your pockets. For a full-time 3-year course, you could be looking at anything up to a £45,000 fee – not to mention the fact that this can’t really be undertaken whilst working a full-time job. This being said it is one of the most obvious and effective methods of honing new skills towards a new career.

Thankfully, we have an off-campus degree alternative that lets you complete a university qualification from the comfort of your home. Did we also mention it enables you to keep working so you can earn and learn? Our online degrees enable you to complete Year 1 and Year 2 of your degree from home with us, before progressing to one of our partnered universities to complete Year 3 - many of which also offer the third year online.

You can check out our growing range of online degrees here and see how much more affordable they are than their on-campus-based counterparts!

In addition to this, we also offer a host of online Level 6 qualifications that are equivalent to degree-level study. So, it’s much more convenient these days to complete the further education you need to access your new career.

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‘Join’ the Gym!

Every January, thousands of guilt-and-turkey-filled individuals take advantage of the annual gym discounts and personal trainer offers in pursuit of a healthy ‘new me’. We’ve all had this feeling, particularly after the wades of festive food are consumed – but have you ever considered becoming a personal trainer yourself?

If this is something that you’ve thought about for a while, why not take the leap and go for it this year? We offer a number of personal training courses at a fraction of the cost of university tuition.

When you study a personal training course online with us, you can:

  • Qualify as a personal trainer in as little as 5 weeks
  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Receive career support from our expert team of tutors
  • Have the chance to join a rapidly growing industry; currently worth around £5 billion with 1 in 7 Brits now holding a gym membership

Consider Other New Year Career Pathways

If you’re considering changing lanes with your career this year but haven’t decided in what direction yet, there are plenty of other paths you can explore! Here at learndirect, we provide courses that can qualify you for a vast range of in-demand career areas.

Find out a little more below:

Teaching and Education

Do you love working with children? Driven to support them in achieving their potential? Why not become a teaching assistant? Recent surveys show schools are struggling to fill TA positions, with 45% reporting difficulties in recent years. This indicates a critical need for more TAs across the UK. Our online TA courses will get you qualified for these roles comfortably from home.

Computing and Cyber Security

The UK's tech sector is booming right now! The cyber security market in the UK alone is expected to reach £18.8 billion by next year, growing at a staggering 10.3% annual rate. With it comes a skyrocketing demand for qualified computing and cyber security professionals. This exciting field offers not only thriving job prospects but also the chance to be at the forefront of innovation and make a real impact on the world.

Feel like getting qualified for a high-paying and exciting job in tech? Check out our online degrees in computing and cyber security today.

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The NHS estimates a workforce shortfall of over 100,000 by 2030, highlighting the urgent need for new talent. An ageing population, increasing chronic diseases, and advancements in medical technology are all driving the demand for qualified healthcare professionals across various specialities. By qualifying as a healthcare professional in the UK, you can enjoy competitive salaries and benefits packages, including generous pensions and healthcare benefits. The NHS also offers career progression opportunities and ongoing training programmes.

A career in healthcare is more than just a job; it's a chance to directly impact people's lives and wellbeing. From providing critical care to offering emotional support, healthcare professionals play a vital role in society. Whether you’re interested in working as a nurse, midwife, dental nurse, or becoming one of the many other healthcare professionals, our online courses will get you on the way to qualifying quickly.

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No matter which direction you want your career to go in this year, we can help make that happen. Making the leap can be scary, but when you qualify through a trusted course provider who has helped millions of others achieve the same goal as yours, you can relax in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.

Contact our team today to discuss your future and find out exactly how we’ll help you reach it this year.

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