Mature study and retraining
Study for a career with no qualifications?
Sxxyfing · 04/01/2022 21:34
I'm 34, have a toddler and a sales role. I've gone back part time and consequently my earnings are now so low as most of my income has always been on commission.
I've got 6 GCSEs at A and A* and that's it, dropped out of school and went straight into sales and I've always been a high earner but never felt fulfilled and now realising I can't afford to live on this salary and I'm not willing to compromise the time with my child to go back full time, even when she starts school I won't be able to commit to the hours and I don't want her to have to go into wrap around care.
For a long time I've thought about my options and what I could study or train in to get myself a new direction.
I'd love advice on:
Study which gets you straight into a career
Study which leads to higher paid roles
Study that leads to roles with flexible hours/best for mothers
Study that can be done without A levels or having to go through expensive courses just to start
I'm good at English, language and reading, attention to detail, a good communicator, have a high IQ and can learn easily, self motivate, I can write essays, I can persuade and sell, I have excellent knowledge about thousands of different things, I like to manage my own workload and to be on the move, I'm good at maths, analysing, predicting, plenty of experience with marketing and creative projects... there are so many things I like that I feel I can't narrow down what I really want and would be able to do...
Any ideas and advice on this would be appreciated!
LiterallyKnowsBest · 04/01/2022 23:03
6 As and A*s certainly isn’t a bad place to start.
With such a strong skill set it’s hard for a stranger to narrow down your options - but you might find it helpful to browse the
National Careers Service site.
As well as an infinite amount of information on jobs and training it also has questionnaires you can fill out that might help to highlight likely paths.
Alternatively speaking to an actual adult careers advisor would be useful. And they’d know what’s available in your local area as well as more widely online.
mdh2020 · 04/01/2022 23:10
Have a look at what the OU has to offer. They have a wide range of courses and degrees. All p/t to be studied at home
Sxxyfing · 05/01/2022 09:35
Thanks all. I've looked at the OU extensively but I'm still lost at what course I should be doing.
I've also looked at the national careers service and started doing some of their assessments but they are very broad. I think a careers advisor could help so I'll look into that.
Really interested to hear any real world advice from people who have studied with limited qualifications or who have got jobs they studied for that work particularly well with family life
LiterallyKnowsBest · 05/01/2022 09:43
It would be a good idea to look through as many as possible of the threads already posted on this board. You’ll find numerous people who began with GCSEs and progressed to Access courses or apprenticeships, etc. And many, many discussions on fitting study and training into family life. Those conversations often evolve within a thread so it’s not always obvious from a title where the thread will go.
Boogaloony · 05/01/2022 09:48
There are lots of free /subsidised courses out there for women to learn to code. We are seriously under represented in the field and the wages can be excellent. Is very much one of those skills that you can prove just by doing, and don't necessarily need expensive qualifications to get a foot in the door. I had a go myself and found I actually really enjoyed learning the basics.
Good starting point.
Ohbotherpiglet · 05/01/2022 09:52
Accountancy is an obvious route. You will earn peanuts for a while but a lot of employers will pay for your study.
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