How to get qualifications with little time and money

The thing that holds people back at some point in their careers is the difficulty of getting qualifications. It's a pretty strange situation that this is a problem when industry is screaming for skilled people, but it is.

The money issue

Full time courses, particularly for degrees, are nearly impossible for people in full-time work to take. Most people can do part-time study, but even that, when it's in the context of a full degree, can be prohibitively expensive. For a large number of people, loans don't go too well with mortgages, either. Realistically, it's a matter of what's doable.

Open universities, and online colleges, have created a lot of new opportunities. That takes care of some of the time and space issues. The way around the money issue is through a variation of the online degree motif. The huge increase in training resources has brought with it a big redesign of the accreditation system. Now, you can get a series of accredited qualifications online, and that's completely changed the money/time scenario for a lot of people.

Thanks to international accreditation recognition treaties, you can get international qualifications, step by step. You can get a degree in the UK, and work practically anywhere on Earth, for example. Most US qualifications are internationally recognized, too. European qualifications are also covered, for the original EU member nations.

Finding your qualifications

The first step to identify a career path for your qualifications may require a lot of phone calls and online research. Things like certificate levels are usually a good guide. Most certificates lead directly to higher education possibilities. If you can get qualifications meeting college requirements, you've solved the problem. In some cases, you can also get exemptions on degree courses, which covers some of the time and costs later.

You need to check this approach out thoroughly. Some direct contact with the colleges is always a good idea, because they can access a lot of information which is almost impossible to find yourself, in terms of accreditations, exemptions, and course options. It's important to be able to plan in advance for higher education to see your options, and to do some basic shopping around for fees, times, and places.

The good news

While doing this training, you're also qualifying for better jobs. None of your effort will be wasted. You can qualify your way into better paying jobs, even management roles. That work and experience pays off, particularly if you're after something like an eventual MBA, where management experience is required, or in industries where your experience is a factor in degree requirements.

Despite the huge ongoing demand for skilled people, the education system is still a long way from being user friendly. It takes time and patience to find what you need. But it is getting a lot easier to get your qualifications and manage your working life.