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Five times microcredentials would work for you

Our newly launched microcredentials give you easier access to accredited learning than ever before. Find out if it's time for you to start your online learning journey.

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In January we launched microcredentials – professional credentials designed to help you upskill for work in rapidly-growing sectors.

These are short courses crafted by industry experts that let you prove your skills in in-demand sectors or even transition into an entirely new career. Microcredentials are a game-changer for accredited learning.

But when should you take the plunge and enrol? 

Here are five times a microcredential could be the perfect choice for you.

You want to improve your CV

As technology revolutionises industry after industry, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments in your field. Employers are increasingly searching for people with up-to-date training and cutting-edge skills.

Microcredentials are designed to address skills gaps in fast-growing industries. Perhaps you’re a financial advisor looking to learn about FinTech, or you think your business could be improved by harnessing the growing power of data?

Microcredentials will expand your knowledge base and boost your résumé.

You want to start a new career

Do you feel stuck in a rut in your current role? Do you want work that better harnesses your skills? Have you dreamt of turning your hobby into a job? 

Microcredentials are the perfect place to look for professional, accredited training if you want to shift your career up a gear. 

Whether you’re an amateur snapper looking to make the leap into professional photography or a born organiser who’d like to become a top-level project manager, these courses are the perfect place to start.

You want access to world-class training

In 2016 UNESCO discovered that in 76 low-income countries just 1% of the poorest 25-29-year-olds had completed four years of higher education, compared to 20% of the wealthiest in their age group.

Education inequality is a growing social issue – one we want to address. Because microcredentials are completely online, you don’t need to live near a university to access top training – these are courses led by experts in their field, whether in industry (eg Cisco Systems) or education (eg The Open University).

You want your skills to be recognised

Taking a microcredential means not just learning the skills to get you ahead, but proving it too. 

Because these courses are designed by thought-leaders in their industries, the certification you earn lets you demonstrate to employers and universities that you know your stuff. 

It’s recognition that could be hugely valuable to your career – and comes at a fraction of the cost of a full degree.

You want to study flexibly

Retraining takes time. Many people aren’t able to juggle their family and professional lives with a desire to expand their professional skill-set – an undergraduate degree can take up to seven years to complete part-time.

With microcredentials you can learn in your own time, at your own pace – and because they’re 100% online, you can fit them around your daily life. Start watching a lecture on your commute to work, and finish it while cooking dinner that night. 

If you’re a teacher, you can learn about the latest advances in classroom mental healthcare, without ever skipping a class.

It’s time to unlock your potential.

Microcredentials take your career further, faster.

Read more about the benefits of microcredentials here.

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