It's never too late to change career direction with a vocational postgraduate qualification…
There are different types of conversion degrees to choose from and each is particular to a specific industry. Deciding which one to pick will depend on the type of course you wish to do at postgraduate level and the industry in which you wish to work.
Some of the popular conversion courses available are:
Conversion courses are available in a range of subjects, including accountancy, business, engineering, human resources (HR), marketing, property and social work. To find a conversion course to suit you, search courses and research.
If you wish to change careers or continue studying in a different subject area from your undergraduate degree, you could take a conversion course. For example, an English or history graduate wanting to start a legal career would need to complete a law conversion course in order to meet the entry requirements for postgraduate study.
Because conversion programmes are largely vocational, many are accredited by a professional body. If you are working in an industry that acknowledges a professional body, your employer may sponsor you to complete a course, which can lead to improved job prospects and fast-tracked career development.
Programmes are usually year-long, taught courses, but this can depend on the subject. Fast-track routes compile programmes into shorter time scales for individuals looking to boost their skills and enter the job market quickly.
Modes of study will depend on the course subject, but will usually involve work placements and a hands-on approach with exams being taken alongside essays.
Unlike the undergraduate application procedure there is no single body that covers all postgraduate admissions. For most postgraduate courses you apply direct to the university and each will have its own process and deadlines. For more information, see applying for postgraduate courses.
With the vocational nature of these courses, your employer may be willing to sponsor you, especially if your course is accredited by a professional body and can prove beneficial to the organisation.
Other sources of funding, such as grants and scholarships, may be available for postgraduate conversion courses, depending on the subject and your circumstances. Get information on funding postgraduate study and search for funding opportunities.
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