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Investing in Yourself: Can You Study While Unemployed?

Finding yourself unemployed can be a challenging and stressful experience. However, it also presents an opportunity to invest in yourself, pursue your educational goals and upskill for a new job opportunity. Many people wonder whether they can effectively study and learn new skills while unemployed. The good news is that yes, you can absolutely study while unemployed. In fact, there are many benefits to doing so.

Studying while unemployed can help you to…

  • Enhance your skills and qualifications – Unemployment can be a great time to upskill and enhance your qualifications. Taking a course can help you gain new knowledge and skills that can make you a more competitive candidate in the job market. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current field or switch careers, studying can help you achieve your goals.
  • Improve your employability – According to a study by LinkedIn Learning, 90% of hiring managers believe that continued learning and development are essential for career success. Employers are increasingly seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning. By studying while unemployed, you can demonstrate your dedication to professional development and increase your chances of landing a new job.
  • Broaden Your Horizons and Explore New Interests – Unemployment can also be a time to explore new interests and discover new passions. Taking courses in subjects that you’re curious about can help you expand your knowledge and potentially open up new career opportunities. You may even discover a hidden talent or interest that you never knew you had.
  • Improve your wellbeing – Studying can also be a great way to boost your mood and improve your mental wellbeing. Engaging in learning activities can provide a sense of purpose and structure, which can be particularly beneficial during periods of unemployment.
  • Meet like-minded individuals – Many courses offer opportunities to connect with other people and this helps you build relationships, learn from others, and gain valuable insights into the working world.

Skills & Learning offers a variety of employability support programs, from career advice and guidance to online courses designed to help you gain the skills needed for a new career.⁠

Here are just a few of the ways we can help:⁠

  • Advice and Guidance – Our expert advisors can help you identify your skills and interests, develop a career plan, and help you to better your CV and cover letter.⁠
  • Online courses – We offer a variety of online courses to help you gain skills for a new career in sectors such as customer service, management, health care, support work and many more. ⁠
  • Job search assistance – We can help you find job openings, improve your CV and prepare for interviews.⁠

⁠If you would like support in identifying your next steps and the best course for you, book a Careers Advice and Guidance appointment or explore our upcoming employability courses designed to help you upskill.