Recent and future changes to UK pension age and the higher socio-economic importance of a longer career has pushed working lives further than ever before. The number of people working past state pension age has nearly doubled in the past 18 years, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics. As working lives get longer and continued professional development (CPD) becomes more necessary to re-skill employees, education is quickly becoming a lifelong process.
What is lifelong learning?
Lifelong learning is the voluntary act of learning throughout life and this concept is turning education ageless. Lifelong learning allows you to expand your knowledge base, gain the skills to change or grow your career and keep your career options open throughout your life. Learning throughout your life isn’t just a personal choice but an industry essential. Increasingly, businesses are using online training to instruct employees on emerging trends, new policies and developments in their sector.
Is going back into education the right thing for me?
Lifelong learning can take many forms. Around a third of undergraduates in the UK are mature students (students 21 and over), and their courses allow them to either explore a subject they find interesting or overcome a new challenge needed to redirect their career. For some, returning to education after years of full-time work can be a daunting experience but it’s likely that, as a mature learner, you will view education completely differently from when you were last in a learning environment.
How will university be different now?
Your priorities will now be clear and defined. You will know what you want to study and what you want to achieve from it. Instead of the prospective attitude you had to employ when you were studying for the future, you can now pinpoint your exact requirements and use education to meet them.
You naturally have a more mature work ethic and are a practiced time manager because of your years of work experience. You now have the life experience needed to easily set a plan and stick to it, and help is always on hand for those things you might have forgotten or missed out the first time, such as referencing, essay etiquette or the growing dependence on IT.
I don’t have the time
Online courses, like those provided by CUC Online, allow you to study in your own time. Our online courses don’t require you to attend campus, be online at a certain time or dramatically alter your working hours. Studying can take place in the evenings or on weekends, leaving your work and life commitments unaffected. Our BA degree courses are structured modularly, meaning students study 6 weeks for each module and then have a 6-week break, giving students a truly flexible study style.
If you are a UK national applying for university for the first time, you may be eligible for Student Finance England funding (find out if you’re eligible here). Tuition fee funding is not based on income so, if eligible, your course will be funded regardless of how much you earn.
If you are an international student, there are a number of ways you can reduce or manage your costs: studying part-time, obtaining sponsorship from your employer or saving for each module.
CUC Online courses
Coventry University College Online is a part of Coventry University, meaning your qualifications will be accredited by an award-winning university that claimed the title Modern University of the Year for the last three years (The Good University Guide 2014, 2015, 2016). CUC Online currently offer online courses in Management and Leadership and Management and Professional Accounting, perfect for those looking to validate years of experience or grow their career. Click here to fill out our online enquiry form and receive more information or call us on 08081 789 636 (charges apply for international calls) to talk to a dedicated recruitment advisor.