Overseas education fulfils all the requirements of students and their employers. Professional qualifications are aimed at those people who have relevant work experience or previous education (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) but have the additional aim of increasing field related knowledge, concentrating on applied skills.
Every industry - finance included – has its own distinctive features. In order to discover these the student can aim to receive solid work experience, or save time by combining this experience with a professional qualification. It’s often the case for any internationally operating company to make sure its employees have international accreditation. In this way professional qualifications become extremely useful.
If you can gain a professional qualification from a western country, then it is extremely valuable to your career prospects. The lack of proper education providers in your own country may be a powerful motivation for receiving professional qualifications abroad.
Professional qualifications received overseas will provide you not only with knowledge but will also determine your salary growth. In western countries if you obtain a professional qualification this automatically means your income will increase and you will gain the new status of a highly qualified specialist.
The first impression could be that professional qualifications suit everyone but it’s vital to understand their specifications. INSA Experts will analyse your experience and your career goals and will provide you with an expert view.
We prepared here a description of distinctive features of foreign professional qualifications:
The key feature of professional qualifications abroad is narrow specialization. Sometimes it’s not enough for career development to have a degree in finance, for instance, if you are working in an international organization in Accounting Department. This position requires knowledge of international financial operations. That is why even a person with a degree in finance and solid work experience will need additional very specialized knowledge. On such occasions a professional qualification becomes useful, for example, ACCA which has been designed for accountants. There are professional qualifications in other fields, for instance, CIM for marketing, CIMA for finance.
Due to such narrow specialization most professional qualifications require previous work experience in a relevant field. At the same time a flexibility of education abroad allows a student with a strategic approach, who has already decided on a field of employment, to obtain a professional qualification during Bachelor’s or Master’s studies. There are quite few universities who present this option.
Taking into consideration the target group for professional qualifications it’s easy to guess that such courses should be available on-line (distance learning). This allows students to study from any country in the world as well as to combine study with full-time employment. You can obtain more information about on-line courses following the link.
Professional qualifications often have different levels. The duration of studying on each of them is 6 months. Then a student takes an exam in the independent testing centre and receives a certificate of completed level. This allows students to study up to the level which they need as well as stop and then continue education without any concerns about how long ago you stopped. This option is very popular abroad because professional qualifications tend to have from 2 to 5 levels.
INSA Experts have already discussed some examples of professional qualifications. In order to navigate you towards the correct professional qualifications from abroad, we designed a chart below:
One point that makes a difference between a professional qualification and a traditional academic programme is study method.
Case studies are the main study method for professional qualifications. That is why applied knowledge is the soul of these programmes. Students may be asked to discuss numerous business related situations and look for solutions. Therefore education abroad is based on a problem via a solution technique.
According to this method previous work experience becomes very useful. Many professionals consider these qualifications invaluable for solving work related issues.
Professional qualifications have many advantages:
- field related knowledge
- upgrading your status to a highly qualified specialist
- case studies
- an opportunity to stop and then continue education
- courses available on-line (distance learning)
Admissions largely depend on which programme you choose. Most of them will require students to have relevant work experience. As for many other qualifications the requirement is to possess a relevant education history. Others are able to consider students who are studying on a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme.
According to the fact that professional qualifications abroad are also aimed at international students, the language of instructions is English. On some occasions you should provide a IELTS or TOEFL score to prove your language knowledge; on others it is student’s responsibility to make sure you have relevant language skills. Nevertheless all depends on the programme selected.
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