Focusing on price over quality
When searching for the right course for you, it can seem like there’s a massive disparity between the costs of different providers, sometimes amounting to hundreds of pounds, for what seems to be the exact same course.
You need to ask yourself: why the difference in price? What does each provider give you? Are there any hidden costs?
Remember, a qualification is a big commitment and it’s not just about the certificate at the end of it. It’s a huge decision, and you need to make sure that every penny you pay is reflected in the level of support you receive.
Not doing thorough research into the providers
What this means is that you need to thorough research into the providers. What do they expect of you? How will they support you? What happens if you have a question? How will your assignments be submitted and assessed? Are there any testimonials from previous students you can read?
It’s really important that you find out exactly what each provider offers, so you can decide who is the right provider for you.
Not picking up the phone
One of the best ways to do this, is to pick up the phone. How friendly is the person on the other line? Are all your questions answered? Are you offered any further guidance? Do they understand your needs and requirements?
You can learn so much by picking up the phone and speaking to someone directly – not only can you get your questions answered, but it’s the best way to get the feel for the provider.
Not realising that any qualification is a big commitment
Undertaking a qualification is a big commitment, regardless of price, duration or provider. This is a huge step, and it’s important to realise that any qualification is going to take hard work, dedication and drive.
You need to ensure you find a provider that will support you to stay on track and manage your qualification and time to give you the best chances of success.
Not choosing a qualification to suit your lifestyle
As every qualification means investing not only money, but your time and effort, you need to ensure you find a qualification that suits you. This is where online learning can be so beneficial – you don’t have to attend at set times every week, you choose when you work and how long for, building it around your life. However, this can be a scary thing to do – it can be challenging to set time aside and motivate yourself. This is where it’s important that you’ve done your provider research – will you have someone checking in with you regularly? Or who you can contact easily if you have a question or start to struggle?
Before committing to anything, you need to make sure it’s right for you.
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