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"It's the best thing I ever did!" - Aaron talks to us about studying Criminology

Have you ever wanted to study Criminology but felt too old to take on a full-time course? Do you have an interest in the Criminal Justice System but you're worried about studying for the first time? Well you are not alone because that is exactly where Aaron Le Boutillier found himself. He runs a mindfulness retreat in Thailand and was.... Read more

Annika McDonald 29th Mar 2019

7 ways you can improve your career in the next six months

Feeling a little bored in your current role? Wondering how to step up to a more senior position? Thinking about making the move to a different field completely? It’s not uncommon – a 2018 study by CV Library showed that 56% of UK employees are dissatisfied by their careers. The great news is, you’re not stuck there! There are lots.... Read more

Becky Ladley 01st Mar 2019

Our best blogs of 2018!

It’s been a busy 12 months here at University of Essex Online and our bloggers have been hard at work capturing every moment of it. So, grab a drink, sit back and join us as we take a look at some of our favourite blogs from 2018….… Our students shared their stories Let’s start with our amazing students. From refugee.... Read more

Annika McDonald 21st Dec 2018

Six short courses you can start next month

NOTE: We no longer offer CertCE qualifications, but our new CertHE qualifications take 16 months to complete and are equivalent to the first level of undergraduate study. For more info click here.   With less than three months until Christmas, it’s easy to feel like the year is getting away from you – like time is running out. But there’s.... Read more

Becky Ladley 28th Sep 2018

The role of a University of Essex Online tutor

Have you ever wondered what the role of an online tutor is? Our academic team here at University of Essex Online works hard to deliver the best quality teaching, but they also offer a wealth of support to our students. In his first blog for us, our Business tutor David James shares his experience as an online tutor: Hi Everyone..... Read more

Annika McDonald 03rd Aug 2018

"My son's future will be bright" - How one mum is juggling parenthood and online study!

As a parent you probably feel like you never have a moment to yourself. But having children shouldn’t stop you achieving something amazing in 2018. Did you know we have lots of students who choose to study online whilst juggling parenthood and a job? Yes, we think they must be superheroes too! One of those students is Jenny* a single.... Read more

Annika McDonald 05th Jan 2018

Don’t leave your business potential unlocked!

Do you have a business foundation degree that’s going to waste? We understand, sometimes life gets in the way. But it’s never too late to turn that foundation course into a full degree! If you’ve completed a business-related foundation-level degree (or HND, or equivalent) then we can help you to unlock your potential and gain that additional Bachelors-level qualification. We’re.... Read more

Annika McDonald 01st Dec 2017

How to write a cover letter

A cover letter is your opportunity to make your job application stand out from the crowd to an employer. The best ones show your personality while also giving recruiters the chance to learn about your skills and your suitability for the job. That’s a lot of information to cram into a few short paragraphs, so it’s understandable if you’re unsure.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 29th Sep 2017

What are the career options with a postgraduate certificate in policing?

Our Postgraduate Certificate programme in Policing and Criminal Investigation covers a lot of important and challenging content in its short 8-month duration. Students on the course explore the wide-ranging methods used to investigate major crimes, such as sexual assault and homicide, while reviewing effective police partnerships and leadership. The course also has a strong focus on the role of psychology.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 21st Sep 2017

7 ways to improve your career today

Improving your career can feel like a long and slow journey. And sometimes it is; it can often take many years to achieve the salary and position that you want. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your career today. We’re not promising overnight success, but these tips will definitely set you on the path to.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 30th Jun 2017

How to ask your employer to fund your education

  Asking your employer to cover the cost of a course can be nerve-wracking. But as long as you approach it in the right way, there’s no reason to be anxious. Here are our top tips for success… Do your research 1. It’s important to find out whether your company is likely to want employees with the qualification you’re looking.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 17th Mar 2017

Ten tips for first-time managers

Taking on your first management role can be an exciting and nerve-wracking challenge. Although you have goals and accountability when working as part of a team, it’s a totally different situation when you become the key decision-maker and the responsibility for your team’s success is on your shoulders. Are you a first-time manager? Read this week’s blog to get some.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 23rd Sep 2016

How to write a successful CV

Your CV is more than just a record of your education and working background; it’s your chance to create a first impression on a potential employer. They will use it to look at the skills and qualifications you have gained in the past, and how these might transfer to the role you are applying for. It will also be used.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 05th Aug 2016

6 ways social media can help you get a job

Social media is a part of most people’s everyday lives, but many don’t realise that it can be used for so much more than sharing photos of your latest holiday. Here are six ways that social media can help you with your job search…   1. Make yourself visible Gone are the days of sifting through the newspapers to find.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 24th Jun 2016

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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 20th May 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;.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 08th Apr 2016

30 interview tips to help you land your dream job

So you’re in the running for the job you've always wanted... hurray! But before you start planning how you’ll spend your salary and researching the best cafes near the office, you need to nail it in the interview. Here are our top 30 tips for making the most of this chance. Before the interview Research the company Prepare for the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 22nd Oct 2015