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    • invisibility
    • By invisibility 15th Mar 17, 8:34 PM
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    Courses that lead to jobs (or have really good prospects)
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    Courses that lead to jobs (or have really good prospects) 15th Mar 17 at 8:34 PM
    I'm in a kind of career based limbo and wanting to change direction. I can't really give more specifics about what I want to change to as I don't know, I just want to browse my options more than anything.

    I'm up for doing another course, but am unsure of any obvious ones which would be good for my prospects. I have a degree already, so I've been looking at masters courses as well as other vocational things.

    I am willing to pay for it if I think it will help me.

    Anyone got any good suggestions for courses helping people change direction?
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 15th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    As we don't know the direction from which you are coming it's hard to suggest which direction you could try going in.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 15th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    Sorry, but that is so vague as to be unanswerable.
    What have you already done, what/why do you want to move away from it?
    What are your aptitudes and interests?
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • invisibility
    • By invisibility 15th Mar 17, 8:53 PM
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    Sorry, because I want to move away from it I guess I thought it was irrelevant haha.

    I have a Politics degree. Doesn't lead to anything obvious. I also taught A-Levels for two years (I did a PGCE too).

    I have LOTS of interests and can think of lots of sectors I'd like to work in with no obvious link. I am interested in education (not the teaching side anymore, more pastoral/policy/university level), healthcare (mental health support in particular), the travel industry...actually now you mention it, they are the main three. I thought I'd end up listing lots but I suppose hobbies and interests are different in a career sense.

    I just feel really aimless. I want to do something that gives me direction and career stability. I had an appointment with the National Careers Service but it was really unhelpful. Might book in with my old uni careers service too as they have alumni support.


    Forgot to add on why I want to move away from it: I no longer want to be a teacher because I disliked the actual subject teaching and also had no stability teaching A-Levels - constantly on back to back part-time temp contracts and no Politics teaching jobs really come up. Lost my passion for it entirely, but I didn't lose my passion for education in general.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 15th Mar 17, 9:17 PM
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    Charity governance / fundraising?

    https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/charity-courses/charity-marketing-and-fundraising

    https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/charity-courses/grantmaking-philanthropy-and-social-investment

    http://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/ma-charity-management/
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 15th Mar 17, 9:41 PM
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    The healthcare professions always have good employment rates after qualifying, but not amazing salaries. Mental health nursing or occupational therapy might suit, but I'm afraid I don't know if the ELQ rules are changing when the bursary is scrapped from September.

    If you are interested in travel what about teaching in international schools? The pay is good, you often get accommodation thrown in, and its a very different experience to teaching in British state schools from what friends who have done it tell me!
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 16th Mar 17, 8:06 AM
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    If I were you I would become a pig farmer or an astronaut.
    • fewgroats
    • By fewgroats 16th Mar 17, 8:13 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 8:13 AM
    Can you change from politics to law or sociology? Not that interesting, but it increases your prospects.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 16th Mar 17, 8:49 AM
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    There's almost nothing that will guarantee you a job, but if getting a job is your primary concern then you need to look at what categories are short of qualified applicants and get the relevant training to equip you to stand a good chance of getting a job in that line. How about paramedic?

    https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/paramedic
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 16th Mar 17, 11:06 AM
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    There's almost nothing that will guarantee you a job, but if getting a job is your primary concern then you need to look at what categories are short of qualified applicants and get the relevant training to equip you to stand a good chance of getting a job in that line. How about paramedic?

    https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/paramedic
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    There definitely isn't a shortage of qualified applicants for paramedic training. Its massively oversubscribed.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 16th Mar 17, 11:49 AM
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    There definitely isn't a shortage of qualified applicants for paramedic training. Its massively oversubscribed.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    But a restriction on supply of suitably trained people may mean that vacancies can't be easily filled - the OP didn't ask about training that is easy to get on.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 16th Mar 17, 11:57 AM
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    The first thing to do is identify areas / types of employment which are of interest to you and then investigate the qualifications / experience required to get into those areas. Only then can you begin to look into the actual training.
    A university degree, irrespective of the area, should provide you with some transferable skills.
    Both healthcare and travel industry are notoriously poorly paid, so I hope you're not looking to make your fortune by moving into either of those.
    • nicechap
    • By nicechap 16th Mar 17, 1:42 PM
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    There definitely isn't a shortage of qualified applicants for paramedic training. Its massively oversubscribed.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Training has been oversubscribed for years.

    But every Ambulance Trust is short of paramedics and has been for years.

    Before applying people should understand the real demands of the role. Working nights in a care home would be good practice.
    Quote was right and saw into the future.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 16th Mar 17, 2:31 PM
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    But a restriction on supply of suitably trained people may mean that vacancies can't be easily filled - the OP didn't ask about training that is easy to get on.
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    Unless they are already a qualified Paramedic it's the availability of training places that is more immediately relevant though.
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