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Career Impact

Studying with RDI is not just about gaining a UK university qualification; it’s about delivering tangible results in your career. And you won't be alone - over 90% of students with RDI work alongside their studies.

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Learning that impacts your career from the start

Gaining both valuable work experience and expert knowledge that you can readily apply in a professional setting provides you with a great return on your investment. Studying through RDI means that you keep up-to-date with your knowledge and skills and can achieve your career goals in the current competitive environment.

We are proud of thousands of students who, in addition to achieving an international recognised award, gain a much clearer perspective on their career path as a result of their studies. Many have launched themselves into new successful business projects or receive increased accountability and subsequent monetary rewards by demonstrating enhanced commitment and expertise in their field – and this can happen even before graduation!


I got the courage to start my own business and put into practice what I’d learnt on my course. I haven’t looked back. Two years down the line, my company’s just turned over £310,000, and should do more than £500,000 this year. Without RDI, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Samuel, 38, MBA

Free Careers Portal designed to make a difference to your career

Upon enrolment, you receive access to RDI’s exclusive Careers Portal, packed with the information and tools to help you reach your full potential.

Top features of RDI’s Career Portal
  • Browse jobs on offer from thousands of job-boards, employers and recruiters in one go, saving you time visiting loads of different sites
  • Create a winning CV that gets you to the interview stage
  • Research companies and people using the latest databases
  • Watch hundreds of interviews with hiring managers and learn their secrets
  • Hone your interview skills with interactive training
  • Chart the progress of your career – what’s next for you?
  • Get inspired by thousands of real-life career stories
  • Take the A-Z of tutorials tackling negotiation, recruitment consultants, LinkedIn, online profiles, the hidden jobs market, body language, confidence, presentation skills, telephone skills and hundreds of other areas!


of students with RDI said their

career had improved

as a direct results of their studies

RDI NSS survey May 2015


Example Careers Portal quick tutorial

Making yourself more e-hireable

There are a variety of quick video tutorials designed to help you in your career and these are being constantly updated.


of enquirers to RDI are hoping to

achieve a promotion to a management level position within the next two years

RDI Career Survey, January 2013

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"I used to get stressed whenever my workload increased. But now I’ve learnt how to deal with stress, and turn it to my advantage. I can now look at issues from a different angle and find solutions to them. I know I’m a better manager."

Vincent, 42, BA (Hons) Business

People with degrees earned an average of

£12,000 a year more

than non-graduates since 2000

Office for National Statistics, 2011


of students with RDI said they combine

work with their studies

RDI Student Survey, July 2013


  • I work full time and have a family. Will I be able to cope?

    Many of our students have work and family commitments. Distance learning is all about flexibility. You can study from as little as eight hours per week depending on your course. If you need to take a break from your studies, your student support co-ordinator will be there to help.

  • What return do I get? Will it all be worthwhile?

    Our students tell us they’ve got many benefits from getting a UK university qualification – during their studies, after they’ve graduated, and long into the future. Career enhancement is just one of the benefits students say they enjoy from studying through RDI.

  • Do I have to pay for the careers service?

    Use of the career service is free, completely optional, and doesn’t form part of your studies. At RDI we believe that your studies and your career go hand-in-hand, so this is why we provide this service alongside your studies. If career advancement is high on your agenda we want to support you. Students do also have the option to purchase additional career resources through the careers service if they wish.

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