Published: 16 June 2014 at 09:46
Survey reveals growing numbers of employees want to study for another degree
Research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University suggests 21% of people are unhappy at work, and 40% have considered getting a degree to further or change their current career path.
The survey was commissioned as part of Adult Learners’ Week, which runs from 14-20 June and aimed to delve into people’s feelings and attitudes about their careers, identifying what they would like to change if they could.
Greater self-confidence (39%) and keeping up with the younger generation (26%) were just some of the reasons why people would like to continue studying, as well as enhancing career opportunities (60%) and wanting to learn a new skill (67%).
Respondents said flexibility, fully-supported online learning and alignment with their work are key aspects in helping people to complete a qualification.
However, one in ten people do not feel confident enough to study for another qualification, and a third said they do not see the value despite so many being unhappy in their current jobs.
Jan Skene, Head of Degrees at Work at Anglia Ruskin, said:
Anglia Ruskin University currently offers 22 courses through its Degrees at Work scheme and a total of 83 courses through distance learning. Work-based learning differs from traditional higher level education in that it involves actively using the workplace as a learning environment.
Adult Learners’ Week is for individuals and organisations to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning.