Friday 24 January 2020

Career opportunities: How a part-time course can supercharge your career

Are you bored with the same old routine? Is it time to mix things up and finally get the role you’ve always dreamed about?

January is the perfect time to re-evaluate your career and consider what you want to achieve over the next 12 months. So, whether you want a promotion, a pay rise or a new role entirely, there are steps that you can take today to help you to get there.

We’ve all heard the old adage, ‘Education is easily carried’ and it’s true! In today’s competitive job market, professionals need to do whatever it takes to stand out from the crowd and often that means upskilling or re-skilling.

Undertaking a part-time course could help you to supercharge your career in 2020. So, if you’d like to learn a new skill in the new year here are just some of the ways that you might benefit.

Get practical insights

A diploma or part-time course can offer you invaluable insights into different sectors from advertising to digital marketing. A worthwhile course will be focused on upskilling or re-skilling you in the areas relevant to today’s market.

For example, Dublin Business School runs a range of short skills-based diplomas that are designed and delivered by industry professionals so there is a focus on practical learning from the offset.

Network with industry experts

Whether you’re grabbing coffee with a classmate or brainstorming ideas with your tutor, undertaking a part-time course will give you countless opportunities to network with like-minded professionals in similar fields.

Meeting a diverse group of new people with different life experiences is often an unexpected benefit of studying part-time.

It makes financial sense

A lot of people can not afford to go back and study full-time. With rising rents and the expensive cost of living, it can be hard to make ends meet as a full-time student.

However, by undertaking a part-time diploma you have the option of continuing to work which means that you can learn while you earn. It’s a no-brainer!

It can help you to excel in your current career

You don’t need to be considering a career change to undertake a part-time diploma. If your course is related to your current role, it could help you to gain professional recognition and increase your depth of knowledge in your field.

What you’re learning in the classroom can be applied directly to issues you face at work – you’re basically learning on the job.

It’s a great way to prioritise your own development

Juggling a full-time job, family commitments, a social life, hobbies and a part-time course might seem like a huge challenge, but it’s also very exciting.

Undertaking a part-time course is a great way to put yourself and your own goals at the forefront of your mind. By dedicating some time to your education you’re investing heavily in your future. It’s a win-win!

Learn new skills

A part-time course will teach you to prioritise like never before. You’ll learn how to study in your free time and it’s safe to say that your time management skills will improve rapidly.

But that’s not all. Through study you’ll become better at widely transferrable skills such as teamwork, research, writing, presenting and negotiation.

Study something you love

Before you sign up for a course, make sure that you know exactly what is involved and always study something that interests you.

You should also find out how much time you will need to dedicate to it each week. Figure out when and where the lessons are and ask about project deadlines and exam timetables.

New year, new skills! If you’d like to learn more about part-time courses, DBS will be holding an Open Event on January 15, where prospective students can meet lecturers, admissions staff and view the city centre facilities. Come along and find out how you can supercharge your career in early 2020 or find out more here.

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