What Type Of Study Is Right For You

What Type Of Study Is Right For You

An education is often cited as the path to success. But what does that mean exactly? Education can come in many different forms, some formal and very high level and others not so much but learning is important for both our professional careers and also our personal well being. Here are a few of the different types of learning we can pursue and what are the advantages of each.

Undergraduate University Degree

An undergraduate university degree is the standard type of degree people are talking about when they refer to a university degree. Study at this level tends to be in academic rather than practical or vocational subjects, meaning that it is more likely you will be learning theory, writing essays and conducting research projects or experiments in a science degree. Some types of degree are a precursor to further study to then obtain a professional qualification in areas such as law or medicine and other degrees actually qualify you for a certain job straight away such as nursing or teaching and others will give you a good degree that shows you are a dedicated individual that can achieve something.

Post-Graduate University Degree

If you want to study further at university then a postgraduate degree is just that, one undertaken after graduating from an undergraduate course. These are generally divided into a one year Masters degree or a PhD doctorate, which is a research degree where you are adding a useful contribution to the academic world and will be able to use the title of Doctor on completion.


Traditionally college may have been thought of as a lesser form of learning than university but it’s really just study with a different aim and outcome. You are more often studying a vocational qualification, one that prepares you for an area of work, such as trades, IT skills and much more. You can do full degrees or one year HNC courses or two year HNDs right down to more entry level NVQs wand you might say, what does NVQ Stand for? It’s a National Vocational Qualification which can give you practical skill in a variety of useful work areas. Also if you are looking to progress in education you can go all the way from NVQ level through a university access course and could go all the way from having no qualifications right up to the highest level of academia.

On The Job Training

Learning does not necessarily mean going to college or university there are plenty of examples of on the job training and learning in a variety of workplaces. Most employers will keep a record of training or professional development ranging from basic health and safety courses to learning new skills and management training schemes. You should also ask if any of your employers training schemes earn you a recognised qualification or certificate and, if so, get and keep a copy of that. You can also complete a more formal apprenticeship within many industries these days and this often involves a certain amount of time at college paid for by your employer.

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