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Black Friday Exclusive Offer

Save on all online diplomas during our biggest sale of the year. This Black Friday we are offering £300 off courses AND a complimentary laptop!

As you’re spending your hard-earned money this Black Friday, don’t forget to invest in yourself. Getting the latest gadget at a slashed price is a great feeling but there is no return on investment. Higher education is a great long-term investment in your future. A newly-acquired qualification can lead to greater employability and higher earnings.

Online Business School provides online university pathway programmes that give you the power to enhance your skills, pursue a professional qualification and advance your career. Take a look at our courses:

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • To be eligible for this offer, course fees must be paid in full in a single transaction.
  • Offer ends at midnight on Friday 24th November 2017.
  • Overseas students will be required to pay additional insured shipping costs for laptop deliveries.

 

How can you benefit from this offer?

Use coupon code ‘blackfriday’ when you enrol online via the website.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] and quote Black Friday. Please ensure you let us know where you heard about the offer.

 

Take a leap of faith and invest in yourself this Black Friday.

Top 10 Student Discounts in November

Students are eligible for thousands of discounts, deals and freebies so make sure you don’t miss out.

Here’s our round up of the best student discounts this November.

Ed’s Diner  – Buy any breakfast item or main and get one free – valid every day, excluding bank holidays.

IHG – Enjoy 50% student discount when booking in Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo or Staybridge Suites and up to 20% off Inter-Continental Hotels & Resorts.

Lebara Mobile – Enjoy 50% student discount off your next top up online or bundle order.

Lola’s Cupcakes – 10% student discount at Lola’s Cupcakes with Student Beans.

Mac – 10% student discount off MAC Cosmetics.

Peacocks – 20% student discount with Student Beans iD. Full price items only.

Pizza Hut – Enjoy 50% student discount off take-out pizza when you spend £20 or more with Pizza Hut Restaurants in-store.

Sainsbury’s – £15 off a £50 shop student discount at Sainsbury’s with Student Beans. First time customers only.

Topman – Use your student discount code to enjoy 20% off shirts, trousers & accessories.

Vodafone – Get a 10% student discount off Vodafone monthly plans.

 

To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card so if you’re an international student, you can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

Student Blog: Building my Career in IT and Computing

‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’ 
– Steve JOBS

After being stuck in a career that I didn’t enjoy, and wasn’t making a lot of money at, I decided to look back and see where I had “failed.” I was a very good student at university, and got a BA(Hons) in American literature and Cultural Studies, and then started studying for a Master’s in American Literature…2 months into the first semester I decided I was bored with basically studying the same things from a different perspective again. Fresh out of school, I didn’t have a lot of money. Rent was due, credit card payments were due, and worst of all I didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue. So, I started doing odd jobs to pay the bills. Just like everybody else I wanted a stable income and decided to get an ESL teaching licence. Got that and started working as a corporate teacher, literally the following day I quit my Master’s program. Back then I was making good money, teaching General Managers, Department managers, and engineering teams on how to speak and write better at their jobs. But within 2 years I decided that this wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I got envious of my students; they were going on business trips overseas, using the latest technology at work, going to big global conventions, and earning quite a decent income.

I had been bitten by the bug! I wanted that career… I wanted a job like that. I was smart enough, I was hard-working enough and I spoke more languages than they did! I was a perfect match for a STEM career on a global scale, or so I thought. I lacked the technical skills and credentials. I started researching schools and my options to change careers, but it’s never that easy. I would have to quit my job if I wanted to go back to university full-time and tuition fees were so expensive. I had been making the same excuses for 7 years!!!

Then finally, while I was on lunchbreak at work, I went to Starbucks and grabbed myself a chair. On the next table, there were two software guys with their laptops. They were discussing code and things like how to proceed, what to change, options, possibilities, creativity, innovation. I was eavesdropping and I must confess I enjoyed every second of it. I had this overwhelming feeling that I really wanted to be like them. They were using keywords that I have always enjoyed such as: change, possibilities, creativity, innovation, improvement!  I wanted to be in that world and do what they were doing! I had made up my mind!

After my teaching job, I went home and started doing research on coding and computer science. I found a few HTML and CSS courses online and worked on them and I was amazed at how easy it was! A few late nights later, I had put together a basic website and had even inserted some JavaScript effects! I loved it! I needed more. I started writing ‘Hello World’ in Pascal (programming language). I loved every minute of it. I knew I had found my calling. Immediately, I started talking to friends, asking them what they knew about computer science, programming schools, people who worked in software development etc. anything that I could think of to gather information to make my next move. Eventually, I was led to a career college, that had a 12-month full-time Web and Android App Development programme. The college was extremely expensive but there was no turning back. I was determined to study full-time and work 30 hours a week to change my life. I knew that one year would fly by.

Within a month, there I was, sitting in front of a Mac, coding websites with an instructor, and 4 other students from around the world. It was fun! It was creative! I enjoyed every single day of it and went to my teaching job with a smile. Eventually, the course got harder, but I did my best, keeping a job, paying the bills, and studying full-time. 12 months later I was done. But did I feel ready to become a true software developer? No, I knew wasn’t ready. I needed to learn more and improve.

I couldn’t afford to go to school full-time anymore, as it had been just too expensive and draining, both physically and mentally. I started to consider distance learning, and found Online Business School. After emailing OBS and asking questions, and comparing their fees to other online schools, I decided to enrol on the Level 4 IT and Computing diploma programme which I have loved so far. I have been doing well, I have been studying hard and soon I am going to move on to Computing Level 5, and eventually hope to top up my diploma to a full BSc (Hons) in Computing – online as well!

In conclusion, I have realised that learning in computer science never stops. Technology and requirements change constantly and swiftly; a single learning resource is not enough to stay up to date in this industry. I am learning from various sources to improve my mobile development and general computing skills. My final words of wisdom: always keep in mind that it’s not the credential you own that will write great code – it is you! The credential is always good to have (if not a must-have). Keep studying and keep improving if you want to be a part of the IT and Computing world! Good luck everyone!

 

Ibrahim Sinan,

Level 4/ 5 IT and Computing Student.

 

Top 10 Student Discounts in October

There are a lot of benefits to being a student – the biggest benefit is arguably all the student discounts you can receive. Use your NUS card to its full advantage.

Here is a list of the best student discounts we have spotted this month.

 

Accessorize – 30% student discount for a limited time.

Boohoo – Enjoy 20% student discount when you shop with Boohoo online.

Deliveroo – Enjoy £4 off your first order when you order online.

Microsoft – Up to 50% student discount off Microsoft Products. Students can also benefit from free delivery on all orders.

Pizza Express – Enjoy 40% student discount off your food and drink bill at Pizza Express on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 20% off your food and drink bill on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Sign up for an NUS extra card today and Pizza Express will treat you to an exclusive offer, £10 off when you spend £20.

Schuh –  For a limited time only, Schuh is offering students 20% off everything.

The Gym Group – Students can receive an 8-month membership for £99 – that includes the normal £20 joining fee.

The London Dungeon – Use your student discount code at the checkout to enjoy 39% off the full price ticket.

Thorpe Park – 48% student discount off the Fright Night Halloween Event. Offer valid from 29th September – 31st October 2017.

Warehouse – 20% student discount offer is available until 8th October.

 

To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card so if you’re an international student, you can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

7 reasons to start studying online

Thousands of students are fulfilling their academic dreams by studying online –  and you can too with help from Online Business School.

Looking for a good reason to study? To help inspire you, here are seven reasons you should start online learning right now.

  1. Personal fulfilment

Expanding your knowledge can make you feel good about yourself. When you are confident about your knowledge of a subject, you feel a personal sense of satisfaction and pride.

  1. Boost your confidence

Higher education can provide a huge lift to a person’s self-esteem. Completing a degree is no small task, therefore it’s only natural that graduates should be extremely proud of their achievements. This boost in self-confidence can often propel graduates to apply for a new career and take on new challenges and opportunities.

  1. Build unique skills

Online learning requires strong self-reliance, self-motivation, time-keeping and organisational skills. As a result, online learning graduates can benefit from enhanced confidence in these areas that set them apart from traditional graduates.

  1. Affordable learning

Cost is often a barrier to education, but we offer competitive prices and flexible payment plans so you can invest in your future without breaking the bank. As you’re studying remotely, you won’t have to worry about additional accommodation or travel costs either.

  1. Choose your own timetable

When you study online, learning fits around your life, not the other way around. You can commit to a few hours in the morning, evenings or study in the weekend – whichever suits your personal schedule. Study from the comfort of your own home – no need to venture out on a wintry morning or miss the first twenty minutes of a lecture because of traffic.

  1. Earn as you learn

Studying online means you don’t have to leave your job and uproot your life. It gives you the opportunity to up-skill in your chosen field and gain real world experience at the same time.

  1. Exclusive discounts

You can benefit from a wide range of student discounts and offers across many brands. Online Business School students are now eligible to purchase an NUS Extra Card.

 

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