With furlough coming to an end and the future being uncertain for many people, learning is one of the best ways to change careers and reskill yourself. Livelihoods are still being threatened by business closures; even now as we are starting to emerge on the other side of the pandemic and lockdowns. Since March alone there has been a rise of 2.7 million people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK, and over 650,000 have left company payrolls.
Changing Career Paths
Some of the more tech industries have managed to avoid redundancies and job losses. But sadly, the hospitality, catering and tourism industries have all been hit hard. Employees within those industries are now finding themselves in limbo, and has given them the opportunity to re-evaluate their careers. Work-life balance is also something that has really grown in popularity during the pandemic. Working from home has made this more possible than ever before.
Online Training Is Key
There are lots of barriers preventing people from changing careers at the moment. For those who are already employed, it is quite a risky move stepping out into an uncertain world. On the other hand; if you have been unemployed for some time, taking stock and really thinking about your future is a great idea.
Another common barrier to undertaking training or reskilling are the costs associated. The ‘digital transformation’ has encouraged many training providers to take their courses online though. For some, this means they can afford to lower costs slightly. Often people associate professional exams and qualifications with being carried out in a classroom setting. However, this is not always the case – or the course could be blended, so a mixture of the two.
Methods Of Assessment
As exams have had to be halted during the pandemic, lots of other methods of assessment have been introduced in order to combat this. Grading people based on the work they have carried out, rather than completing traditional exams. With a greater range of online vocational training courses, there are lots of different assessment methods being used to identify if a candidate has met the required pass mark or not. For example, we have changed our Level 3 Award in Education and Training so this is solely an online course now as we have taken the micro-teach element fully online.
Use This Opportunity
One other thing to consider, rather than completely changing career paths is to consider teaching in an area which you have skills and experience in. Here at Brooks & Kirk we offer a range of online education & teaching courses which are perfect for anyone looking to get into teaching.
One of the great things about online courses is that you can learn at a pace that suits you. With most online courses, you can go over the content again and again to your heart’s content. This way, you can make sure you are getting the best learning experience.
At Brooks and Kirk our tutors are always on hand to provide you with the support needed to get you through the course, so you are not completely alone either.
During this difficult time, it is important that you research different avenues before taking the plunge. Ask others around you for advice too, and learn from their mistakes! Of course we are always at the end of the phone to help answer any questions you may have about the courses we offer or even online learning in general. Feel free to give us a call on 01205 805155.