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Changing career in your 30s and 40s

While many people in their 30s and 40s feel like pursuing something new, few take the bold step to completely change their career. It’s a daunting prospect, but knowing where to start is often the most difficult point. Here are a few tips to help you explore your options.   Research Some people have a clear idea of what they….

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Caroline Bluemel 20th May 2016

What does it take to be an online student?

There isn’t a typical student profile for online and part-time learners; people of all ages from around the world and with different backgrounds are realising the benefits of distance learning. However there are some qualities that will help you to succeed when studying online…   Self-motivation Online learning relies on you being self-motivated. Whilst you’ll be supported and encouraged by….

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Caroline Bluemel 13th May 2016

Business Management or Business and Marketing?

So you know you want to do a business degree, but are struggling to choose between management and marketing… don’t worry, you’re not alone; this is a common problem for many potential business students. Here are a few steps that will help you choose which pathway best suits you.   Career aspirations Ask yourself what you want to do when….

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Caroline Bluemel 06th May 2016

What are IELTS and TOEFL?

Choosing which English test to take can be confusing. In this week’s blog we explore the two most popular tests, IELTS and TOEFL, and explain the differences between them. IELTS IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study, work or migrate to English speaking countries. It is the….

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Caroline Bluemel 29th Apr 2016

How to take notes like a pro

A good set of notes will always make it easier to write your assignments and prepare discussions. But in order for notes to be considered ‘good’, they need to be organised and well-written. Our handy infographic gives you some great tips and techniques for taking notes like a pro.

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Caroline Bluemel 15th Apr 2016

The three stages of changing your career later in life

Changing your career at any age is a huge step, but making the decision to leave a position you’ve held for many years can be even more intimidating. As you grow older, increasing financial and family responsibilities often prevent people risking making major changes to their career and salary. Re-entering the job market doesn’t have to be a gamble though;….

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Caroline Bluemel 08th Apr 2016

Quiz: Celebrities with online degrees

Considering online study? You’ll be in good company; a host of actors, directors and musicians have also achieved qualifications by distance or online learning. Take our quiz to discover which stars have studied online (and which haven’t!). It’s time to test your celebrity knowledge… which of the following people made the awesome decision to study online? Online Form – University of….

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Caroline Bluemel 24th Mar 2016

£630 per student: the cost of paper textbooks

No matter what higher education course you study, there will always be required reading (and wider reading) to complete. And if you’re buying paper textbooks for every module, these can quickly add up to a hefty financial cost. Read on to discover just how much that all adds up to, and how you can avoid it… The costs associated with….

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Caroline Bluemel 18th Mar 2016

What is a qualifying law degree?

Any law degree is a prestigious achievement, and a highly-respected qualification. However, if your ultimate career goal is to practise law professionally you won’t just need a law degree, you’ll need a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). Here’s everything you need to know about this essential requirement.   How do you define a qualifying law degree? A QLD is approved by….

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Caroline Bluemel 11th Mar 2016

ELCAS funding can help you prepare for a life on civvy street

If you were going on an exercise, would you leave base without a briefing and checking your kit? Of course not! So if you’re thinking of leaving the armed forces, make sure you prepare yourself the best way you can: by adding valuable qualifications to your CV with funding support from the MoD. Why should I start higher education? One….

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Caroline Bluemel 04th Mar 2016