Intelligent Issue 05 | Page 36

What type of learner are you ?
There are two main types of training qualifications : vocational and theoretical . Often – particularly in healthcare – your training will consist of a combination of these elements . However , some training routes are more focused on one area than the other .
Lauren Wakeling , UK Country Manager at CoursesOnline
For example , a bachelor ’ s degree will often be more theory-based and therefore more academically focussed than an apprenticeship programme . This is because apprenticeships consist of learners spending more time in practice , working in a healthcare environment for several hours a week while their training is supplemented by theoretical knowledge .
For healthcare professionals who are already working in the industry and want to grow in their careers , there are hundreds of potential online courses which can help your professional development . Knowing what level you are currently at is essential , ensuring that you are continuing to progress toward your goals .
For example , if you are a registered nurse who is currently looking to explore a career in disabilities , then obtaining the appropriate postgraduate qualification is key in helping you move into this area .
Bachelor ’ s degrees , however , have a greater focus on academic and theoretical knowledge , often with options for placement modules and sometimes a minimum requirement to work a certain number of hours in practice . Online courses and other training programmes will vary in terms of which approach they take , depending on the level and time to study .
Learning types and career goals
When exploring which type of training course is right for you , it is worth recognising whether you are a practical learner or a theoretical learner .
Keeping in mind your ultimate career goals is also essential , for example , if you want to go into health research or academia then undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications will provide you with a better basis to progress in this area . If you are keen to explore a career working directly with young people , however , then experience working with and supporting this age group would be greatly advantageous .
Deciding which type of training comes down to a few different factors , including what options are available to you , your learning style and how you can best be prepared for your future career . Whether you study for a medical degree or undertake an apprenticeship course , make sure you decide on the best training route to help make the most of your skills and get you to where you want to be . �
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