How to choose the right course

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Safeera Sarjoo

Safeera Sarjoo

Adult Learning Editor, Hotcourses Group

Published on April 24,2017

So, you’ve decided that you want to take the plunge and sign up to a course. Fantastic! But as you may have noticed, we have an extensive list, so how do you go about choosing a course?

Don’t worry. We’re here to help at Floodlight. Choosing a course can be a big deal. There are so many factors to consider that we can sometimes neglect details that matter. To help you, we’ve put together a quick guide on things to think about when choosing the course for you.

Decide on a subject

In many cases, you will already know what you want to study. But for those that aren’t quite sure, think about the following:

  • What industry are you interested in?
  • What would be your ideal job title?

Hopefully this will give you an idea of which subject area to start your search in.

Personal vs Professional

Are you taking this course because you have a leisurely interest in this subject or do you need this course to progress in your career? Perhaps you’re hoping your hobby will soon turn into a career and this is your first step. Either way. deciding what you need this course for can help you decide on other things like study mode, location and the type of qualification that you will gain following completion.

Think about:

  • What you’d like to do after the course has ended? Another course? Apply for a job? Or maybe you’d like to simply use what you’ve learnt in your spare time.

Look at what you’re getting out of the course

There’s nothing worse than signing up to a course and realising that you’re not going to be covering a certain topic or skill. Be sure to have a read through the course descriptions to understand what is being offered. If there is anything you’re unsure about then it’s worth dropping the course providers a message using the Request Info button.

What study mode suits you and your needs

The two distinctions we have on Floodlight are in-class and online courses. Have a think about what setting would help you engage more. Perhaps it’s worth trying our quiz to find out if you’re an online or in-class learner. We have a number of location based colleges and training providers who hold classes, but it could just be that you work in more familiar environments, making online learning the better option.

What’s your budget?

If you’re looking to gain a professional qualification, then it is likely that these courses will cost a bit more than your taster courses. It’s important to manage your expectations when searching for a course and whilst it’s nice to snap up a deal or discount along the way, when it comes to getting certified it’s better to invest and know that you’re getting a recognised qualification instead of cutting corners and not receiving the course you want.

Keep these points in mind when searching for courses, which should help you narrow down your options. 

Safeera Sarjoo

Safeera Sarjoo

Adult Learning Editor, Hotcourses Group

A Journalism graduate from Kingston University, Safeera has worked in both print and online media. When she isn't writing, you can find her working through her never ending bucket list or glued to the Formula 1.

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