Is a work-based degree for you?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Work-based degrees are becoming an increasingly popular route for ambitious professionals looking to turbo-charge their careers without having to take a career break. But how do you know if it’s the right choice for you?

One of the main benefits of work-based degrees is that they allow you to acquire a qualification while continuing to work and advance your career. And because they’re designed for working professionals, the courses themselves tend to be tailored to the individual’s own industry and experience – with many courses offering industry-specific modules and assigning workplace projects that allow you to turn your existing work into part of your course. As a result, you can rest assured that the course will be relevant to you and your career. The downside to this is that you have to find time to study while dealing with the pressures of work. This is something that can be challenging for many prospective students – especially during high-pressure periods. Many universities realise this and aim to help students on work-based degrees by allowing them to spread the course over a longer period if they need to.

Assessing your personality and preferences

Work-based degrees are designed to be convenient and flexible, allowing students to fit their studies around their work commitments. However, you need to be highly motivated to make the most of this flexibility – because it can be a double-edged sword. When studying for a work-based distance learning course, you need to make sure that you don’t allow other factors to distract you from study. Good time management and advance planning are a must to make things work.

Unlike traditional on-campus undergraduate degrees, work-based degree courses allow you to study alongside like-minded professionals who have similar career goals. And, because they attract students and teachers from around the world, they enable you to add a global dimension to your studies that you might not be able to acquire elsewhere. Many of these courses are taught as distance learning programmes – providing a great opportunity to receive teaching from world-class institutions that aren’t local to you.

Are you qualified?

While work-based degrees focus predominantly on candidates’ work-based skills and experience, you do also need to have some academic qualifications to enrol on a course. For example, the University of Lincoln’s work-based degree programmes require candidates to have a Level 5 qualification that is less than 5 years old. However, there are exceptions – candidates with Level 4 qualifications or extensive work experience can also be considered. It’s worth checking with your university of choice to find out how their entry requirements apply to you.

While many graduates find themselves with a degree that has nothing to do with their field of work, work-based degrees can be a great way to ensure that your education complements your career. Ultimately, a work-based degree is for you if you are committed to your career and your studies, and above all motivated to succeed.

The University of Lincoln Work-Based Learning top-up degrees will help you achieve your career goals and obtain a qualification with a global focus. Find out more about the Lincoln WBDL programmes.

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