Continuing or returning to study can be an excellent next step in your career planning and development. For some careers, further study is a requirement, for example clinical psychology or librarianship. It is a big decision which requires commitment in terms of time and money so you need to be highly motivated and clear about what you hope to gain from the additional qualification. Research the options and choose the route which best fits your career aims.
Before undertaking further study you should be able to answer the following questions:
- how will it further my career development?
- is it a requirement for my chosen career?
- what will I gain from it?
- can I afford it?
- where will I study?
- do I meet the entry requirements? Remember that these might not just be academic, some vocational post graduate courses require relevant experience too.