CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 27, 2015
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How to Further Your Career With a Qualification in Creative Writing

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If you have a passion for writing and would like to take your career to the next level, you could further your professional qualifications through additional studies. This will definitely help you improve your career prospects and increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Currently, there are several ways you can get the qualifications you need to advance your career. You can start from taking on undergraduate study; distant learning or attending professional workshops that offer diplomas related to your subject.  

More specifically, the following qualifications by The Open University can help you develop your creative writing skills and help you further your career:

  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
  • BA (Honours) Humanities with Creative Writing
  • BA (Honours) Humanities
  • BA (Honours) English Literature
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities
  • Creative Writing PhD Study

These diplomas allow you to choose from a variety of fields to work in where creative writing skills are regarded as relevant or essential. These include Advertising, Journalism, Publishing, Communications and Public Relations. As you can see, you have the opportunity to study creative writing as part of several degree programmes that relate to Humanities and English Literature. Depending on each HE institution, subjects may vary so before choosing your course make sure you check what each school has to offer.

Here are a few that are available by other educational institutions and colleges in the UK, US and Australia:

If you are interested in any of these programs click on each to get more information on what the courses offer. Depending on your experience, skills and other qualifications you may have obtained, you are likely to go straight on an undergraduate or a postgraduate study.

Training and Development

As far as developing your writing skills is concerned, you can get more information in regards to studying creative writing and relevant courses in the UK by checking The Writers and Artists’ Yearbook or National Association of Writers in Education [302 from http://www.nawe.co.uk/]. Alternatively, you can attend courses by private course providers such as The Avron Foundation and the Writers’ Workshop in the UK or the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in the US.

Choosing which qualification is the best for you depends on your short and long term career plans. So perhaps you should first think about why you want to further your career in the first place. For example, will it help you get a higher position in the media or marketing department of the company you work for or help you become a newspaper editor, a fiction writer, a playwright?

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, consider pursuing a qualification that best fits your needs and career goals!

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