Gaining professional qualifications as an adult delivers a wide range of benefits, as revealed by research from our training partner Home Learning College . The distance learning specialist asked a range of past students to outline how their life has changed as a result of their studies. The most commonly reported change is greater confidence when applying for jobs, as mentioned by almost half (43 per cent).

An increase in the number of potential roles available is another positive outcome for almost a third (29 per cent), while 12 per cent said their new qualification has led to more interviews and enhanced feedback from recruiters and employers.

The desire to change career is often a key motivating factor for returning to study, and 16 per cent of Home Learning College students have achieved this goal since completing their course. A further 10 per cent have progressed to a degree in a related subject. Other outcomes associated with their study include receiving pay rises and promotions, and moving to similar roles in a better company.

“Studying as an adult is highly rewarding because it often has a direct and measurable impact on our lives,” says Dave Snow, Academic Director at Home Learning College. “Gaining recognised professional qualifications is an effective way to stimulate change. This may relate to an existing career, or could open doors to a completely different working life that better suits your personality or personal circumstances.

“Whatever your motivation for study, it’s always worth investing in your personal development, and distance learning is ideal because it fits around your existing lifestyle. You decide your own study timetable, with guidance and support from an expert tutor available when you need it. The use of social networking tools also allows students to become part of a wider community and enjoy the benefits of shared knowledge.”

Home Learning College offers professionally accredited distance learning courses in a range of subjects including accounting, bookkeeping, IT, internet, business, marketing, childcare and social care. Find out more by visiting .