Friday, 9 January 2015

10 ways a distance learning course can help you with your new year's resolutions

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It’s that time of year again where we resolve to change our lives for the better. Perhaps 2015 will be the year we join a gym, buy a house, or get our dream jobs?

For many people, getting back into education is their top resolution, and learning can help you achieve your many of your goals and kickstart others. Here are just some of the ways that a course with NEC could help you to make your resolution a reality in 2015:

1. Change your career

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a teacher, nurse, midwife or many other careers but have felt held back by your GCSE results, you can improve them with a distance learning course. The best thing is that you can fit your study in around your other commitments, choosing when and where you study!

2. Go to university

If university wasn’t something you considered the first time round, but now realise that is something that you would love to achieve, A levels by distance learning can help you gain the UCAS points you need to get there without having to give up your job and go back to the classroom. You can also study for a degree by distance learning with the Open University!

3. Start your own business

If you have always fancied yourself an entrepreneur, perhaps the next Lord Sugar, try NEC’s Business Start-up course. It will help you to turn your ideas into reality and give you a basic grounding in what you need to do in order to make your business a success.

4. Become a better manager

Management training courses can help you to improve and develop your skills, making you a more effective manager. They can also help you to prepare for the promotion you’ve been dreaming of!

5. Understand finances better

A book-keeping course can help you to understand more about finances generally, whether for your own business, to improve your skills for a job, or to manage your own finances better.

6. Get back into work after a career break

A popular career choice for returning to work after a break to have children is working in a nursery, or as a teaching assistant. The hours fit in nicely with childcare requirements, and it can be very rewarding seeing young people develop and grow. Why not consider an Early Years or Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification to help you get started or progress to the next level?

7. Understand politics better before this year’s general election

Are you determined to understand more about political systems and how the UK government works before this years general election? An A level in Government and Politics will help you to do just that. You can choose to do the exams and get an A level, or just to study to learn.

8. Deepen your appreciation of English Literature

Perhaps try an IGCSE or A level in English Literature to get you started. You will learn how to improve your analytical skills, different uses of language and get more out of what you are reading. Learn to savour Shakespeare and adore Austen, taking your love for reading to the next level.

9. Be able to help the kids with their homework

Maths and science are two of the subjects that parents often don’t feel confident about helping their kids with. An IGCSE in these subjects can help refresh your memory on topics such as photosynthesis, eutrophication, fractions and algebra and learning together as a family can be fun!

10. Publish something you’ve written

Whether you’ve an idea for a novel, feel inspired to write about a particular topic, or just love putting pen to paper, a creative writing course can help you to improve your skills and your chances of getting published. If you’re already a seasoned writer, but need advice on getting published, our Writing for a Living course could help you get there.

In conclusion, learning something new can open up a whole world of possibilities and help you to achieve what you set out to do. These are just a few examples of how you can kick off your new year’s resolution from the comfort of your own home, and stay on track to make the changes you want to in 2015.

Make learning one of your new year’s resolutions today!

To make it even easier for you to get the new year off to a good start, during January we are running one of our best ever offers, with £100 off the cost of any GCSE, IGCSE or A level course, and £50 off any AS or A2 course! Full details can be found at our Special Offers page.

You can learn about the wide range of flexible distance learning courses we offer by visiting our website, or you can get in touch and speak to our team. To keep up to date with all the latest NEC news and events, subscribe to our email newsletter or follow our blog. We can also be found on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

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