Once you have completed your Higher National Diploma (HND) and have no more deadlines to meet, you might find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands. So, what happens next? It can be daunting to consider life beyond your HND. However, the good news is that there are many great options for HND graduates to choose from. There’s a lot to look forward to!
Below we consider just a few of the options open to HND graduates. So read on as you make your next steps!
The Truth About HNDs…
HNDs are vocational courses and can be studied in a wide range of subjects. At UKCBC we offer HNDs in the following subjects; travel and tourism, computing, business, and health and social care. HND courses usually last for two years.
Each HND has been created with industry experts, employers and teachers working alongside each other to make sure the course content directly reflects specific industry needs. The practical nature of the HND qualification prepares graduates for professional application of the skills they will have learnt.
What are Your options?
Remaining with Your Current Employer
If you’ve been working throughout the duration of your HND, and you’d like to remain employed by that employer, it’s worth discussing with them what career opportunities and development they can offer. Taking on additional responsibilities (where possible) can send a positive message to your employer that you’re ready to step up to the next level.
Looking for a New Job
The first step for those of you in search of a new position is to identify the market in which you intend to work. A big part of your professional research will be based on current vacancies and the competition you are likely to incur. For this reason, it’s recommended that you promote your HND to potential employers, detailing the technical and industrial experience that you have acquired, both on your CV and during any possible interviews you are invited to attend.
An HND alone is a fantastic qualification to achieve, but for those of you looking to complete additional study, there is an option to top-up to a full bachelor honour’s degree. This usually takes an extra year of study. At the end of the programme you will have a bachelor’s degree with honours. You will also need to research institutions that offer top-up degrees, as not all colleges do.
UKCBC now offer two degree top-up courses in Business and Management, and Business and Management (Tourism Management). Get in touch with our course advisors if you’d like to discuss studying a top-up degree at UKCBC.
Once you graduate from the top-up course, you’ll have the option to continue on to post graduate study, including a postgraduate certificate, such as a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), a postgraduate diploma (PgD), a master’s degree, such as an MA, or a doctorate, such as a PhD.
Take time out to have a think about your next step. It’s not always easy making big decisions about your future, but with the right guidance and support, you can often reach a decision that’s right for you. Our friendly team at UKCBC can help you to consider your options throughout the completion of your HND, so be sure to ask a member of staff if you require further assistance.