What to keep in mind when choosing a short course

What to keep in mind when choosing a short course

Short courses are a great way to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you a competitive edge when it comes to job promotions. As technology evolves systems, programs and practices change, making it critical for workers to refresh their skills and stay on top of the game.

The following tips can help you find the right course for you:

  • Ask Yourself Why You Are Studying

Are you studying to better yourself, explore your interest, or to just get ahead in your career? The answer to this could have a huge effect on the classes you pick.

  • Find the Right Fit for Your Skill Level

Make an honest assessment of your skill level and competency in the area you plan on studying, either through self-evaluation or from a third party. You may find that you know more – or less – about the subject than you assumed. This will help you find the right course level for your needs, and prevent you from wasting your time and money on a course that is either too advanced for you to follow or too basic for you to benefit from. 

  • Do your research

It’s important to look beyond the marketing blurb and check the details of the course and the institution or training provider to see if it is suitable for you.

Things to consider:

  • Tutors- An experienced tutor is essential, ideally with some industry experience in the field you wish to study – this is a key criterion in assessing courses for the Creative Skillset Tick.

Check the tutors' credentials before the course and how recent and relevant their experience is.

  • Equipment- It is important to keep up with technological development and be able to use the most up-to-date equipment in your field. There may also be cost implications if you have to have access to any specific equipment that may not be included in course fees. Before committing to a course, check what equipment is required, how much access you will have if it is provided and if you need any prior knowledge or experience.
  • Support- Most courses will be a stepping stone on the path to your chosen career. Other courses or experience may be required to develop your knowledge further or top up your skills. Find out what support an institution or training provider offers during and after a course, if there is any opportunity for careers advice or help with job searches.

Before enrolling in any training course, thoroughly research the course, the instructor, and the institution. Talk to colleagues in your field, check online review sites, or solicit feedback from social media groups and your network contacts. Professional training courses are an investment of both your time and your money, so it’s in your best interest to find an option that is reputable, respected, and a valuable investment.

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