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6 Great Jobs You Can Get With the Help of Retraining Courses

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If you’re still looking for your dream career, you’re not alone. In 2018, 47 percent of U.K. workers were on the hunt for a new job, according to a recent survey by Investors in People.

When asked why they were looking to move jobs, many responses centred around unhappiness with general career path and opportunities available, including:

  • No career progression (30 percent)
  • Not enjoying the work itself (30 percent)
  • Lack of training or development opportunities (20 percent)
  • Not feeling like I’m making a difference (14 percent)

Such responses suggest that workers want more fulfilling careers with upward mobility. One way to find that career is a retraining course, which can help you develop new skills specific to certain jobs or careers.

Remember: you don’t have to dislike your job to take a retraining course. if you represent the half of U.K. workers that aren’t looking for a career pivot, retraining courses can give you a leg up over your colleagues, allowing you to improve your skill set off the job.

If you want to add new skills to your CV, check out these six retraining options.

1. Social Media Manager

Average Base Pay: £28,500/yr

Social media managers are needed within any industry. You’ll work with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to help market and grow the audience for a business or brand.

With social media management, there is a wealth of training information available and you can start your retraining while still working at your current job. Refer to the Independent’s list of social media courses available in the UK for these current retraining opportunities.

If you prefer an independent learning route, you can take free courses online. Social Media scheduling company Buffer provides an exhaustive list of free online courses accessible on platforms like Coursera or Skillshare, which you can access at home. Once you feel you’ve learnt the basics, you can also take industry-standard certifications to further hone your abilities. A few certifications to consider:

Mothers that are re-entering the workforce can take advantage of the online course and learning community Digital Mum’s social media training programme as well.

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2. Digital Marketing Manager

Average Base Pay: £35,525/yr

Beyond social media management, there are technical digital marketing roles that deal with other areas of marketing, like search engine optimisation (SEO), email marketing and data analysis. If you want to work in a more holistic marketing role, this would be the retraining area for you.

The Digital Marketing Institute offers part-time online courses, with multiple levels of training and options for specialised fields. Self-motivated hopeful digital marketers can also train via free online courses (remember this list of online courses), however, for many technical digital marketing roles, you’ll need experience with specific platforms, including:

  • Google AdWord Certification: Helpful for anyone looking into a role that deals with paid-digital advertising, specifically Google AdWords.
  • Google Analytics Certification: Any SEO-based role will require knowledge and understanding of Google Analytics. Google also offers free online courses via their Analytics Academy to prepare for certification assessments.
  • HubSpot Certifications: HubSpot is an industry-standard and offers multiple certifications, depending on your specific digital marketing path.

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3. Teacher

Average Base Pay: £29,580/yr

If you don’t feel like you’re making a difference with your career, another option to consider is teaching. Especially if you’re already an expert in a field, teaching can be an easy transitional path. NowTeach is a programme created specifically for you. Their tagline says, ”We exist to help career-changers who’ve already made a success of one profession retrain as teachers.”

If you choose to take a traditional or accelerated teaching programme, you may be able to receive a bursary or scholarship to help financially while you do. If you’re not sure where to start with finding a programme, check out’s search engine.

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4. Software Developer

Average Base Pay: £39,155/yr

Software developers are in increasingly high demand, and according to a recent survey by Stack Overflow, 78 percent of UK developers are employed full-time, and only 3.2 percent are unemployed and actively looking for work.

For females with no developer experience, Sky Developers is an initiative specifically aimed at closing the gender gap by providing evening courses to learn software development. For other beginners looking to fast-track your path to coding, consider online boot camps, like Just IT.

Onsite classes are also offered by Makers (out of London) or Northcoders (out of Manchester and Leeds), for a hands-on, in-person experience.

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5. Graphic Designer

Average Base Pay: £26,390/yr

If you have a keen eye for aesthetics and want a career that allows you to be creative and expressive, graphic design may be an ideal field for retraining.

Shillington Education has campuses in both London and Manchester and offers either a three-month, full-time or nine-month, part-time track. The programme not only trains you to be a graphic designer, but helps you build a portfolio to use when applying for jobs.

If you learn well with online courses, there are also multiple remote courses you can take via platforms like Udemy and Skillshare. The most critical skills for graphic designers are extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, so if you’re retraining via online courses, make sure to get access to the appropriate programmes.

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6. Trade Positions

If you’ve been stuck behind a desk, staring at a computer, and you’re looking to be in a more active role, you might consider pivoting to a trade profession. Access Training Academies offers training courses and qualifications for such occupations as electricians, plumbing, carpentry or construction, with multiple locations throughout the UK.

Take a Retraining Course and Find Your Perfect Career

If you’re in a career rut, or unhappy with your work, don’t be complacent. Retraining courses can often be taken in addition to your current job, and many can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home. Whether you want to pivot to an entirely new industry or just build valuable skills for your professional advancement, retraining courses can put you on the path to success.

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