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The pros and cons of taking a course away from home

Like university-goers, moving away from your friends and family can be a daunting prospect.

Safeera Sarjoo
15th February 2016
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You’re away from your comfort zone and adjusting may not come easy to everyone. The same can be said about training courses. Although Training and Courses offer courses up and down the UK in many cities, there’s nothing stopping you from spreading your wings and booking a course that is based away from the usual hustle and bustle of your home town.

When you hear about the multitude of benefits going to university away from home can bring you, it’s not much different with a training course. You should be able to gain and feel the benefits of this major move. Unsure if you’re ready for such a big move? Well have a read of our list of pros and cons and see where you stand afterwards.

PROS

EXPERIENCING A NEW CITY

Many of us are more than happy in our comfort zone but making that move to a new city gives you the opportunity to call somewhere else home and helps you immensely when it comes to expanding your independence. Take the time to explore the local area and visit popular attraction or landmark sites in your free time.

YOU MAY BE TAKING THE BEST COURSE

Limiting yourself to courses where you live isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However it’s worth remembering that the course that meets your requirements best or is the best within your subject area may not be on your doorstep.

LOOKS GOOD ON YOUR CV

Taking a course to gain professional qualifications will always stand you in good stead with employers. Taking additional training is even better. But taking a course away from your home town says a lot to employers. It tells them that you’re proactive and adaptable, which are qualities that can translate exceptionally well to job roles.

OPENS UP OPPORTUNITIES YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF

Studying away from home will give you an indication of how the job market is in that particular area, which is something that you may not have been previously aware of.

MEET NEW PEOPLE

Moving to a new city, especially one that’s diverse will expose you to an array of people from all walks of life. Though this isn’t an academic benefit, it’s a huge character building and life changing benefit that will educate you about people from a range of backgrounds. This can come in helpful within the workplace where you will also be exposed to many different people.

 

CONS

ADJUSTING TO NEW SURROUNDINGS

It can be quite daunting moving away from home to a completely new town or city for your studies. While this is something that should be looked at as a pro, we understand this is also a downside for some who may struggle with being away from home. Before committing to a course in another town or city, prepare yourself for this change.

LONG DISTANCE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Not being able to get that support from family and friends when stressful times crop up will be something you seriously miss when you’re studying away from home. Having to rely on phone calls, Skype or text messaging may not have the same impact as being there face to face, but it’s worth remembering that you can always visit on the weekends or have them come to you.

EXPENSES

Sure enough, the financial aspect may prove to be a reason why people may not opt to take a course away from home. In addition to funding your course, a bit like university students, you’ll need to have enough money to survive. Accommodation, food and maintenance all need to be considered before committing.

EMERGENCIES

Whether it’s on your end or your nearest and dearest, one drawback to studying far away from home can be the inconvenience of getting back or getting to you during an emergency.

 

If you’re considering a training course away from your home town, Training and Courses offers a number of courses across the UK. Start your search today and don’t forget to explore your options further away from home.   

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