Most people working within Financial Services in the UK follow a very streamlined educational path. GCSEs, A-Levels and then a Bachelor’s degree, occasionally with a gap year in between A Levels and university.

Although this is the traditional educational route, some people decide to take a slightly different route.
If you haven’t already, please read our recent blog on apprenticeships to hear all about how work experience with training alongside can be a great substitute for A-Levels, a degree or both!

If you are considering university and are put off by spending another 3 or 4 years dedicating your life to study alone and simply accruing debt rather than paying for course fees and accommodation out of a salary then evening or weekend study may be for you!

An increasing number of universities, particularly in London are now offering courses (at under and postgraduate) in the form of evening study or weekend. Some employers are now supporting their employees through higher education by sponsoring tuition fees and allowing for flexible working where study time is needed.

These are different to ‘The Open University’ in the sense that they are not remotely based, lectures, tutorials and classes are organised in the evenings.
These courses work particularly well for school leavers who are keen to get into work straight away and study alongside their work or for experienced workers who missed out on the opportunity to go to university and want to ‘up-skill’ themselves.

A bachelor’s degree will always be universally recognised but there are a multitude of other ways of ‘upskilling’ yourself through study, many of which can be completed whilst working. Stay tuned to our blog for more insights.

If you would like to hear more about flexibility with studying for higher education please contact digby@aldrich.co.uk or call 020 7588 8999

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