Get the job with a HND qualification on your CV

For many students, entering the workplace after completing your studies can be stressful, annoying, and unpleasant – particularly so when you’re not fully-equipped. As more and more people graduate from colleges and universities with high value qualifications, the competition for vacancies is increasing. So how can you stand out from the competition and make sure you’re noticed as a valuable asset for employers?

The vocational route

University offers an experience that few forget. Whether it’s the social elements or the academic opportunities, the years spent with fellow students are among the most memorable of our lives. But, with university courses focused on teaching you the ‘ins and outs’ of certain subjects, many fail to relate their subject knowledge to practical work related contexts. Further, students lack the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace due to a gap in relating the subjects to employer expectations.

However, joining a vocational programme, you are more focused on the practical skills relevant to the sector while also achieving the basic subject based knowledge relevant to the area. Higher National Diploma (HND) provide an opportunity to achieve high standards of education that complement the skills required to enter a professional environment with confidence. These vocational courses are designed specifically to equip you with the right blend of skills and knowledge you need – and embed the attributes employers seek. These qualifications will make you stand out from the crowd and be identified as an asset.

How do HND qualifications help?

HNDs have been designed to create a learning environment that aids your academic progression and provides ample opportunity to join real-world work experience. Many university courses offer similar schemes, with one-year work placements and internships available. Unlike these placement schemes at Universities that add another year to your study, HNDs come with practical exercises, giving the chance to work in groups – a skill that will prove invaluable once the time comes to enter the business world, whilst reflecting on your own experiences in the workplace.

In addition to the work-related skills on offer, HNDs feature coursework and tutoring focused on the key areas of your chosen subject. From computing to travel and tourism and business to health and social care, a HND is divided into a number of modules that need to be completed in order to be successful. Each module provides a thorough understanding of a particular discipline, and teaches you skills that are immediately transferable in your chosen industry.

Is a HND right for me?

Knowing whether to study for a HND depends very much on your future plans. For many students, studying at a university would cost them a high fee as well as study time extending to three or four years. In contrary, a HND is only two years in length, when studying full-time. With a HND, you are better equipped with practical skills that enable you to work in the real-world.

For more details on how a HND qualification has the potential to help you in employment and enable you to progress to higher education, please contact UKCBC today. We are happy to answer any of your questions and assist you in finding the right course.

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