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Thinking of furthering your future? Have questions about finance or how to juggle home and study life? NSSW offers impartial information, signposting and Careers 1:1s for eligible students
Welcome to the Next Steps South West adult learners support page. Here you will find specific tools and resources designed to help you as an adult learner as you embark on your Higher Education journey. You can also sign up to the new adult learner newsletter here.
Want access to specific information?
Have questions or looking for further details on career changes, re-training or going back to work after childcare or unemployment? Discover Lifepilot – an online resource helping adults progress to higher level study.
Looking for more personalised advice?
If you are aged 19+ and already enrolled on a NSSW Partner College course, book a 1:1 Advice Session with a qualified Careers Advisor and discuss your individual learning needs. Register here for your session.
Need to chat to like-minded people?
The student ambassador chat system Unibuddy offers you the chance to speak to other students and adult learners to help you connect with those already on their study journey. You can also chat to our qualified Careers Advisor Ruth who can answer specific question.
Adult Learner Newsletter
NSSW, your local Uni Connect programme is embarking on extending our outreach programme to adult learners. Our collaborative approach, that brings together higher and further education provider partners, and local industry and third sector partnerships, plus being part of a national Uni Connect network, and funded by the Office for Students means that we are impartial. You can find out more about our work here: About Us.
Why return to study?
We’re working longer, and the world is changing faster, with recent events accelerating this, so changing whole careers, not just jobs, has become the new normal. Most of us will likely change industry once — perhaps multiple times — throughout our lifetimes. This can be both daunting and exhilarating. Making the decision to retrain can be about igniting new or dormant interests and unlocking your potential.