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Starting A New Career: What Are My Options?

The global job market is becoming an increasingly competitive place, and beginning a new career – whether you’re looking to make a change or just getting yourself off the ground – can be an incredibly daunting prospect.

However, this certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not possible, especially not with the right preparation! Here are 3 ways to get yourself ready for a new start!

1)      On-Campus University Study

Benefits:       In-depth regimented study with regular access to expert academics. Dedicated spaces for uninterrupted learning.

Drawbacks: All these advantages come with plenty of strings attached: the rigid structure and constant pressure of on-campus study has been linked to a worrying increase in student mental health problems, whilst full-time and even part-time study can often require students to put their lives on hold to facilitate the demands of their course. Even the dedicated learning spaces can cause students to feel disconnected from the rest of the world, hence the ‘University Bubble’.

Cost:              High – a full-degree in the UK can often cost as much as £9,250 – or £35,000 for international students! This is to say nothing about the costs of repaying maintenance grants, relocation to the university’s location, and expensive course materials either.

2)      Work Your Way Up

Benefits:      Get started straight away, entering your chosen field immediately and building experience in relevant areas. If you can find the right job, there may be no need to take any time off work to prepare yourself for your new career as you’ll have already started it.

Drawbacks: With enrolment in Higher Education on the rise, it can be difficult to stand out as a candidate for advanced positions without significant experience or relevant qualifications, meaning that starting out like this often means working your way all the way up. Even then, some companies have been known to withhold promotions from non-graduate employees, regardless of their merit or hard work, turning once promising career paths into dead-end jobs.

Cost:              Free! – whereas university study involves incurring heavy debt, beginning a career in this way can facilitate your earning. However, some employers have been known to require new entrants to their field to start out in unpaid internship positions in order to develop experience, meaning you’ll need to either juggle multiple jobs or dip heavily into savings in order to make this a viable option.

3)      Study Online

Benefits:      Combine the best of both the previous options whilst ditching the drawbacks. Online study at an institution like the UK’s Online Business School provides students with the opportunity to develop their qualifications in competitive fields whilst also fitting their learning around a schedule that works best for their own needs. These courses are taken entirely online and all contact with tutors can be made by email, video-call, and over the phone, meaning that students can study from home, regardless of where that is. Indeed, students at these institutions often come from all over the world!

Online courses can often be undertaken at a pace that best suits the students, and certain institutions – the Online Business School in particular – have even done away with deadlines entirely to provide an experience that prioritises the students needs first.

Drawbacks: Due to the personal nature of these courses, some students can feel a little overwhelmed during their studies. This is why the Online Business School has assembled a dedicated team of tutors for their students to rely on for any support or guidance that they might need.

Cost:              The Online Business School offers courses for as little as £1400, and this can either be paid in manageable instalments or in one up-front lump sum. The savings don’t stop here, though, as students can often transfer their course credits to other institutions, allowing them to finish the final portion of their studies at a discounted rate at one of the UK’s top universities. This means that whilst a university degree can cost up to £27,000 (£105,000 for international students) when studying exclusively through the university itself, an Online Business School course can lead to exactly the same qualifications for as little as £5,000.


So what are you waiting for? Get your career off to the right start by enrolling at Online Business School today!

Graduate Testimonial: Rima

Rima successfully completed the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management in January 2018. Read what she has to say about her experience with Online Business School.


Why did you choose to study with Online Business School?

I was looking for an opportunity for flexible learning which was also affordable at the same time. I wanted to earn a Level 7 Diploma to further my qualifications and improve my career prospects, OBS was the ideal option for me as they offer university level postgraduate top-up routes. Studying a university pathway programme is a quick and affordable route to a master’s degree.

How would you describe your experience of studying with Online Business School?

The modules were very comprehensive, and a wide list of resources was provided. After completing the modules and the relevant multiple-choice tests, I started working on my written assignments. The entire study mode was online, at my own pace, which was ideal. I had to resubmit some assignments, but the feedback and support was great and meant that they met the ATHE standards and that all learning outcomes were fully achieved. My personal tutor was also extremely helpful, courteous and supportive. I was able to contact him via email and Skype for support when needed.

What did you like the most about the course with Online Business School?

That it was totally online, flexible and self-paced, and at the same time affordable. I was extremely pleased with the level of support provided.

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I would advise them that online studying needs a lot of commitment and perseverance. They need to set aside a certain number of hours every week for that purpose and set their own personal goals and deadlines.

What are your plans now?

At some point in the near future I would love to continue with higher education and top up my diploma to a master’s degree.  I have been offered support regarding that and presented with university information for progression routes by OBS.


Read more testimonials here.


What can I do with a Degree in Hospitality Management?

Hospitality management graduates are highly employable, applying their skills to careers in events, hotel and conference management, sales and business development.

Top Career Opportunities in Hospitality Management

The hospitality business is a worldwide industry, with many different working environments. Here are some of the career paths you could choose:

  1. Hotel Management

Hotels are the heart of hospitality and they offer a dynamic range of career paths. Hotel managers oversee the daily operations of the business; these can include marketing, employee relations, customer relations, budgets and sales. Typical jobs include:

  • Hotel Manager
  • Reception manager
  • Resort manager
  1. Food and beverage services

A popular career option for hospitality management graduates is in food and beverage management. It is the duty of the food and beverage manager to oversee all operations of restaurants and on-property food services. This can include human resources, ordering food and supplies, customer service, financial tracking and inventory. Typical jobs include:

  • Restaurant manager
  • Catering manager
  • Public house manager
  1. Events management

By 2020 it is estimated that 1 in every 11 jobs will be in the event management sector. The events industry is a dynamic, fast-paced sector offering opportunities to work on anything from weddings to careers fairs, festivals to exhibitions. This role involves studying the brand, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept and coordinating all the technical aspects before launching or hosting an event. Typical jobs include:

  • Event manager
  • Conference centre manager
  • Concert organiser
  • Charity fundraiser
  • Wedding coordinator 

Our Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality will prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting and fastest growing industries. The course is designed to prepare learners with the management and customer service skills required to succeed in a hospitality management career. Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress into the final year of a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Testimonial: Alan Khan

Alan began studying the Level 6 Business and Administrative Management course with Online Business School in February 2017. He is now looking to enrol on the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management (Advance MBA Entry programme).

Why did you choose to study with Online Business School?

I have a hectic life with a busy schedule plus taking care of my 3-year-old son. The reason I chose OBS was for the freedom of studying at my own pace. The flexibility of the course has allowed me to juggle a busy work and personal life with learning.

How would you describe your experience of studying with Online Business School?

I struggled initially with my assignments but my overall journey with OBS has been very pleasant.

What did you like the most about the course with Online Business School?

The layout of the subjects on the dashboard is clear and very user-friendly, you can easily keep track of your progression. The materials were very useful and with great intensity and examples which also helped me with my assignments.

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Before you start studying, read through all the handouts and information given by OBS, so you can fully understand how the online platform works. It would also be useful to divide the time frame between assessments and assignments, taking into consideration when you are aiming to complete your course.

What are your plans now?

I am interested in enrolling on the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management. But before that, I deserve to take a short break.

Top 10 Student Discounts in February

As we all know, being a student can be expensive. Make sure every penny stretches by maxing out your student discounts! Check out our guide to the best student discounts this February.

ASOS – Students receive 10% off products across ASOS with a valid NUS card. To redeem your discount, simply enter your NUS extra number at the checkout.

Domino’s – Get 35% online student discount at Domino’s Pizza when you spend £25.

Frankie & Benny’s – Students are entitled to 20% off their total food bill when 2 main courses are purchased from the Main Menu at any Frankie & Benny’s.

HP –  Save up to 30% student discount on HP with your NUS card.

Las Iguanas – Las Iguanas’ student deal just got better! 50% off food, 25% off drinks AND 2 for 1 Happy Hour Cocktails. Valid Sunday to Thursday until 28th February 2018.

Prezzo – Your NUS extra Card entitles you to a 25% discount off total food bill at Prezzo. Valid Sunday – Thursday.

Ryman – As a student you can enjoy a 10% student discount in store and online, as well as 10% off photocopying, printing and services available in store.

Uber – 50% student discount off your first ride with Uber – up to the value of £10.

Virgin Experience Days – 25% student discount on full price experiences including flying lessons, balloon flights, football stadium tours, afternoon tea treats, spa days and much, much more.  Offer ends 28th February 2018.

Vision Express – Save 20% off the cost of your glasses or contact lenses upon presentation of your NUS extra card and Vision Express voucher. Download your voucher from their website.


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.


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