I chose the University of Essex Online because they offered a convenient pathway for Education studies (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters).

They also offered a monthly payment plan and their own online English proficiency test.

I applied for the PG Cert Education (Educational Practice) through the work experience entry route, which requires at least two years of demonstrable practice at a compulsory education institution. After a couple of weeks and number of emails exchanged, my application was accepted, and I was enrolled on the programme. I felt remarkably happy, especially after discovering that many of my classmates were in the same situation as me: living and teaching abroad in Asia and Europe.

Almost a year has passed, and my experience with University of Essex Online has been excellent. Student Advisers and tutors are very supportive, modules are challenging but doable, and I’m about to achieve my Postgraduate Certificate. Now, thinking ahead to the future, I’m planning to progress my studies to get a Master of Education.

Working abroad and studying online is not only an attractive option for teachers. I have other friends in different fields who have found studying online beneficial for their careers as engineers, software developers, sports coaches, lawyers, and more. All of them decided to improve their skills to pursue better jobs, higher salaries, and more enjoyable lifestyles, even when they have full-time jobs and families.

The possibility to change your life is more tangible than you think. If you are working abroad in another country, I strongly advise investing one or two years studying an online qualification, to increase your career options and open up paths to achieve your goals.

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Katie Mitchell

I joined the Army at sixteen years old having only taken the three GCSEs that I needed for my chosen trade. I am currently a Sergeant within the Royal Signals.

Matt Clifton

At the time of starting the BA, I was 18 years old, and in my last year of college. It would have been really tough to access a campus-based university over an online study option.

Emily Wells

Although you are online, when you come to Essex for graduation it really puts it into perspective what you've actually done.