Furloughed Again? Make the Most out of it Through Courses

For many working in retail or hospitality, furlough has been a way of life since the beginning of the pandemic. A vast proportion of those going back onto the furlough scheme had only just gone back to work following months spent at home waiting for their workplaces to open. 

In the first round of furlough, lots of Britons saw it as an opportunity to exercise some much-needed self-care, learn a new hobby and re-decorate their homes. With all of that done and dusted, many will be wondering what they can do in the next four weeks that’s constructive and of use. 


A week or two of Netflix is always welcome, but this can quickly become tedious, so finding something productive to do will be at the top of many people’s agendas. One great way to do this? New qualifications. 

There are so many online courses you can undertake from the safety and comfort of your own home, ranging from SEO crash courses on the Google Digital Garage to more refined and niche courses on almost every topic imaginable. 

If you work in a job that you currently don’t see as part of your long-term life plan, now is the prime time to get more qualified in something you do want to do. Do you currently work in an office but hate the rigidity of being sat behind a desk? You can undertake specialized courses in labour-intensive subjects – from your sofa! 

The North East Access Training center provides training to those looking to work at heights, and they are just one of several UK-based companies for whom COVID-19 has changed how they operate. They – like many – have revamped their business to suit the pandemic, and there’s no reason you can’t do the same for your CV.

Perhaps you work in retail but really want to venture into media or animation, now is a great time to explore how to get there through online accredited courses, free Adobe courses from sites such as Udemy, or even to practice and learn from YouTube.  

The more skills and qualifications you have on your CV, the better; even more so when you can demonstrate your skills across a broad range of subjects and settings. You will become more employable and versatile as an employee, but equally, you could learn key multi-level skills to take forwards into your own business. 

If you’re looking to become a freelance writer, you could undertake a design course to make your portfolio look more appealing to prospective employers. You might want to work on creating a brand for yourself and setting up a website – all of which can easily be learned through online courses.

Depending on where you are in your career, you’ll want to focus on enhancing different parts of your CV. If you’re a graduate or just starting out in your career field, it’s worth obtaining as many relevant certificates as possible, but if you’re higher up on the career ladder, look at gaining more specialized and niche qualifications that deepen your knowledge in an area of particular use or interest to you. 

It’s a tough time for many industries and lots of people will be looking to find employment in more stable sectors if theirs are hard to hit, so if you’re someone who lives and breathes one line of work but wants to expand your horizons, there has never been a better or more crucial time to do so. Use the pandemic to your advantage and increase your appeal to employers whilst improving your knowledge at the same time – without leaving the house. 

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