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Benefits of studying for your career

Whether you're just starting out in your career or you’re looking to move up the career ladder, studying can be a great way for you to enhance your chances and secure your dream job.

There are lots of great reasons to start studying for a professional qualification, including:

  1. To increase your earnings

    Becoming better qualified with an academic or professional qualification can significantly increase your earning potential. Our own research indicates that jobseekers with a degree can expect a 13% higher salary than those without one, with Masters Graduates earning 25% more than the nationwide average.

    Aside from a degree, a professional qualification also demonstrates your specific skills to an employer and acts as a measure of your abilities, often making them essential for higher paid positions.

    View our average salary checker to see how much you could be earning »

  2. To stay competitive in the job market

    In a recent user survey, over two thirds of jobseekers using reed.co.uk stated that they currently held or were studying for a professional qualification. In order to compete with other candidates having the right skills is essential.

    The job market is rapidly changing so it is vital to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

  3. To perform your current job more effectively

    As well as allowing you to secure your next role, professional qualifications can help you be more efficient in your current position. 83% of reed.co.uk users who have undertaken a qualification state that it was beneficial or even essential for them to perform their role effectively.

    The right qualifications not only help to set you apart from your colleagues, but will also help you continue your personal development.

  4. To allow you to apply for specific roles

    For certain roles, it may be a minimum requirement to have attained a professional or academic qualification. Over 10% of reed.co.uk users who have achieved a vocational qualification have done so as it was a requirement for employment in their industry sector.

    If you’re looking to move on to a more senior position, a combination of the right mindset and relevant qualifications will help you stand out from the crowd.

  5. To change your career direction

    If you feel that you’ve delivered all you can in your current position, professional qualifications can help facilitate a change of career direction and enable you to build the foundations in your chosen field. You can then apply these to your CV, making you more valuable to prospective employers.