Next steps to further or higher education and work

Bright Knowledge is the essential online resource for anyone taking their next steps into further or higher education or work.

Figuring out what you want to do with your life isn’t easy. It might seem that everyone around you knows exactly what they’re doing, but chances are most of them are as confused as you are. Even if you do have your heart set on a particular career, you might not always be certain of the next steps to take to get there. Plus, whatever your own opinions about what’s best for you, there’s often no shortage of other people offering you theirs as well – whether it’s your parents asking you if you’re going to university or going to get a job, older mates who’ve come back from gap years, or politicians talking about higher tuition fees and the cost of higher education on TV.

What you need are the straight facts – which is what Bright Knowledge provides. Run by national education Brightside, who have been supporting students through education and into employment since 2003, there are over 1,000 articles on Bright Knowledge giving you independent, impartial and informed advice on topics like:

  • EDUCATION. All you need to know about different courses and qualifications, and applying to university.
  • CAREERS. Interviews with professionals giving insider advice on how you can follow in their footsteps. Plus, tried-and-tested tips for the perfect CV and interview success.
  • SUBJECT LIBRARIES. Covering everything from arts to architecture and media to medicine, our articles and revision guides are there to inspire and support your studies.
  • MONEY. Learn how to manage your money and where to get financial support.
  • INDEPENDENT LIVING. Practical advice on everything from finding accommodation to cooking on a budget

In addition, Bright Knowledge features a regular news service with the latest headlines about education and employment alongside more unusual stories to make you think or smile. Bright Knowledge is also updated daily, meaning you can be sure you’re getting the freshest facts first.

Plus, if you are thinking of heading to uni but are confused or worried about whether you can afford it, Brightside has also created the free online Student Calculator so you can work out how much uni will really cost. By entering your details into the calculator you’ll be able to discover:

  • how much student finance support you’re entitled to, and how to claim it
  • how much you’re likely to spend on rent, food and other costs
  • tips on part-time jobs and other money saving ideas to make sure your income and expenditure balance out.

You’ll get a personalised budget tailored to your own situation which you can save and return to at any time, making the student calculator the quickest and easiest way to manage your money at uni.