Choosing the right course in the fiercely competitive job market in the UK


Struggling in choosing the right course in the fiercely competitive job market in the UK?

The rate of emergent graduates is growing every day, thereby making the job market extremely competitive. A survey conducted by the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) revealed that corporations reported an average of roughly 91 applications for every graduate vacancy – that is, approximately 17% intensification compared to a year ago. According to reports, this also marks the maximum number from the time when the ISE started gathering data in the year 1999. It can be observed that a large number of candidates push for extremely limited job vacancies. Under such circumstances, students are advised to ‘stand out from the crowd’, gain a competitive edge over others and make themselves operative and employable. For making oneself employable, deciding on a college course can be an intricate task for potential students. Career visions are estimated as the leading factor while selecting a career.

Are you baffled and stuck deciding which course, type of course, or mode of learning, and where to study for? Read our tips and recommendations on handling this consequential decision.

Choosing the right subject for succeeding in the job market in the UK

The most important thing that needs to be considered while selecting a course is asking oneself and understanding the reason behind selecting the course. Do you intend to extend your existing skillsets and further your career? If yes, then it is important to select a course that is a natural advancement of your present educational qualifications and existing skill sets. If the intention is to progress further in your career in the present organization, then choosing a course related to your field of work is suggested. Referring with career consultants, peers or employers might also assist in ascertaining the right course that would help in advancing in your career. Again, in case if you intend to diversify the existing knowledge base or entirely change the direction of your career, then it would be important for you to reflect on what career you would like to go after.

Some tips are hereby mentioned below to help you choose the course:

· Think about the subject that you enjoy the most as your future job role/field of work might be related to the same

· Reflect on your existing skill sets, academic background, and professional experience (if any)

· Think through the potential careers and available opportunities for employment

· Turn to a career consultant, employers, or peers for discussing the relevance of courses in your career

· Explore various employment sites and career options to get an idea regarding what you would intend to do

· Go through the subject guides to have knowledge of different types of subjects that one could study

· Read the descriptions judiciously and check official websites of universities to gather added information

To intensify your probability of securing a place on a particular course in an institution, the Universities and Colleges Admission System (abbreviated as UCAS) offers learners the option of applying for multiple courses (up to 5 courses) at the same time. UCAS also permits students to apply to five different universities through a regular form. £13 is the charge for applying for a single course and £24 is the fee for applying to multiple courses.

What are the types of undergraduate and postgraduate courses?

Undergraduate courses

The majority of the students moving to college/university after successfully finishing school generally opt for an undergraduate degree. Some of the types of undergraduate courses that students can consider are hereby given below:

Bachelor Degree Courses

Foundation Degrees

Degree in Foundation Studies

Degree in apprenticeships

Higher Technical Qualifications

Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diplomas

Postgraduate course

There are mainly three kinds of postgraduate courses that can be availed by students in the UK.

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate

Masters (MSc, MA, etc.) [Including Research Masters and Taught Masters]

Doctorate (Ph.D., DPhil, etc).

Mode of learning

The majority of the students opt for Full-Time Courses; nevertheless, this is not the only available option. Essentially, there are plenty of other alternative modes of education, premeditated to fit specific circumstances of students.

Part-time learning

· Distance and blended learning (Some examples of universities that offer blended-learning choices are: The Open University UK, Aston University, York University, Southern Cross University, James Cook University, Emas Business School, James Madison University, De Montfort University).

· Accelerated degrees (UK universities presently offering accelerated degrees include: Staffordshire University, Hertfordshire University, London Metropolitan University, University of Greenwich, Ravensbourne University London, University of Essex, University of Law, Middlesex University, University of Gloucestershire, Leeds Beckett University, University of Buckingham, and many others)

· Work-based learning (Some examples of universities that offer – Work-based learning options at present are: University of Leicester, Leeds Trinity University, University of Portsmouth, University of Chester, Staffordshire University, and many others).

Tips to assist you in selecting where to study

· Students are suggested to be present at an open day physically. This is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with the instructors of the courses, and explore the available facilities.

· if it is not possible to attend physically, then students can attend an online open day or explore the campus virtually

· Look over the deadline of application to know the deadline related to the selected course and the university

· Check up the eligibility criteria and requirements for entry for the selected courses.

Common Slips to be avoided while picking the right course

· Applying to a Master’s degree with an unrelated Bachelor’s degree

· Taking into consideration only the tuition fees while budgeting for the selected course

· Overlooking or failing to consider potential scholarships

· Sending the incorrect documents with the application

· Not exploring the options of working while studying


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