Why Brexit is the ideal time to invest in your education

April 2, 2019 / Libby Barrett

With ongoing uncertainty around Brexit, it can be tempting to just wait and see what happens before making any future career plans. But we think now is actually the ideal time to consider a distance learning course. Although the impact of Brexit isn’t yet known, it’s likely that there will be an effect on the job market in one way or another. With that in mind, being proactive in terms of the qualifications you would need to embark on a career change is likely to stand you in good stead.

Which industries are likely to be affected by Brexit?

Brexit will have the most impact on industries which rely heavily on trade with the EU. The automotive industry has already seen some changes which can be attributed to Brexit; including job losses at leading car manufacturers.
Manufacturing, tourism and financial services are also likely to be hit as a result. Some of the larger financial institutes have already mentioned contingency plans to relocate or open additional offices in Europe to negate the effects of having headquarters in the UK.
The NHS may also be affected. 1 in 20 NHS workers is currently from the EU. This figure is higher amongst doctors and dentists – 9% and 16% respectively (1). If these EU workers choose to return to their native country following Brexit, or future recruitment of NHS workers drops, the NHS will see a shortfall in staff which needs to be filled with UK workers.

Look for employment opportunities

Using the NHS as an example, it’s likely that demand for skilled healthcare staff could increase. Our Principles of Nursing Practice could open up opportunities to work in public or private healthcare.
Similarly, if overseas travel is affected, the UK tourism industry could therefore reap the benefits. Capitalise on that with a Level 5 Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality!
Accounting, bookkeeping and payroll services will always be in high demand by both small businesses and large organisations. Our accredited courses from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), IAB (International Association of Bookkeepers) and ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) start at entry level for students who are completely new to the subject, through to more advanced for those wishing to further their existing career. Previous students have started their own business after studying with us, like bookkeeper Julia.
Childcare, from home based child minding through to early years care and teaching assistants, will always be in demand. Accredited CACHE qualifications (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) are recognised by employers. Similarly to our finance courses, they start at entry Level 1 through to more advanced levels.
Finally, the personal care industry. Celebrity culture shows no signs of waning. Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users (2) – many of whom use the platform to share selfies. As a result, it seems we’re continuing to be obsessed with appearance! Brits spent £7.6 billion on treatments in 2017 (3) with reasons ranging from looking one’s best, to self care and better mental health. Why not capitalise on this by working in the industry? We offer a range of courses in beauty therapy and diet, fitness and nutrition. Perhaps turn your love of exercise into a career in personal training? How about becoming a nail technician and starting your own business?

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you” B.B.King

Whether you choose to study specifically to benefit your career, or simply to improve your knowledge, you will almost certainly gain skills like time management and motivation. These can be applied to all aspects of your professional and personal life.
Why not browse over 550 courses on our website? We offer various finance options to help you spread the cost, making your next career more accessible than you think!
Alternatively, speak to one of our student advisers on 03300 563100 for more information.
 

(1) – Cavendish Coalition / NIESR – download full report here
(2) – Statista / visit source here
(3) – Mintel Spa, Salon and In-Store Treatments UK 2017 – download report here

 
 

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Libby Barrett

As Digital Content Executive for OSC, I'm currently studying my IDM Digital Marketing qualification through distance learning. I absolutely love all things creative and when I'm not at Open Study College, I'm being a complete theatre nerd, performing in panto or amateur productions!

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