Why an accelerated degree could change your life
Sometimes, just sometimes, once the nightclubs have closed, the Mediterranean waters start to chill and the thought of another Mojito reminds you of a soggy mint leaf, those endlessly long student holidays start to drag. You could spend your time dreaming of your next travel adventure – skiing on the Alps or cycling Tuscany. But at the end of the day, entering the workforce sooner is going to get you to those dreams faster. Putting your real skills to work and earning an income means you’ve already sprinted up the corporate ladder. Your peers will still be dreaming of, say, hiking the Grand Canyon – while you’re jetting off to Vegas on a business trip.
An accelerated degree programme can get you to your dreams quicker, and save you money so you can do more!
Accelerated degree programmes cost less than three year programmes. For UK students a higher education programme usually costs £9000 per year for three years = £27,000.
At LCIBS, you pay £6000 per year for two years = £12,000.
So a UK student studying an accelerated programme with LCIBS could save: £15,000.
You’ll also save on your cost of living – or having to live off your folks. If you added up a year’s worth of your monthly expenses (groceries, electricity, transport, rent) how much would that be? What would you do with that money? Travel South America? Move out of home into a cool apartment? Or fund your first entrepreneurial venture?
According to a QS survey that asked students what they think about accelerated degrees, 72% of respondents said that the decrease in tuition fees was the biggest advantage of two-year degrees. 70% of respondents said that students studying two-year degrees would accumulate less debt.
In the swing of things
It can be hard coming back from a long break. You’ve lost momentum and post-lunch napping at your desk is a real hazard. Many people find that with extended breaks they forget what they’ve studied and start to lose the skills they worked so hard to gain.
The workplace follows the same quick pace that is required when studying an accelerated programme, so students who like moving fast through material will be fully prepared for the real world.
Securing that first job is tough. It’s competitive out there, and can take months to land a position. With an accelerated degree you’ll have a year to your advantage when applying for jobs. When your peers enter the workforce your experience will count in your favour. A year may not sound like much, but when starting out a career it’s what makes or breaks you. It’s what gets you on the map. It’s like that all important first day at a new school. It’s an opportunity to forge relationships, figure out what you like and carve your identity. Completing an accelerated degree can also make you more attractive to employers. It shows you’re serious about getting ahead, and are committed to your work.
What to consider
“In terms of days off, these are very few: students on accelerated programmes need to view the course as a full time commitment for two years – they aren’t for everyone but for students wishing to graduate ASAP and get into work then they are a fab idea,”
says our General Manager, Emma Gray.
However, an accelerated programme doesn’t allow room for the traditional ‘college’ experience including resident living and wild parties. Those who have families or already have full-time jobs will find it difficult to manage with such a full schedule. On the flip side, for those craving a career change, an accelerated programme is the obvious choice.
In a world of instant gratification where everything’s getting faster, smarter and more connected, accelerated degrees are a great way to ready yourself for the future workplace, and your future career. At LCIBS we offer accelerated programmes in BSc (Hons) Business, BSc (Hons) Business (Marketing) and BSc (Hons) Business (Public Relations). Get the most out of every moment and stand out from the crowd.
Author: Elton Daddow