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How does the UK population feel about degrees?On the whole, UK adults feel their degree has been of value in their career
61% feel it prepared them for their career
48% feel their degree has been beneficial in terms of getting a job in today’s economic climate
However, people feel they were rushed into making choices. Over half feel they had no choice as to when to go to university
Two in five say they would have chosen a different course in hindsight
Over a third of adults who haven't been to university wish they had
One in four feel that not having a degree has held them back in their career
How does the UK population feel about professional development?
One quarter of the UK population currently feel under pressure to get additional skills and qualifications
Young people and Londoners feel most pressured to continue acquiring new skills. Over 50% of 18-24 year olds and 40% of Londoners feel obliged to gain additional qualifications
And what about developing their skills online?
39% of those who have spent time developing their own skills have done so online
One in five people have done or are currently doing an online course
50% of the respondents would consider doing an online course
45% say they would only do an online course if it led to an official certificate
Only 13% feel that employers value free online courses with no accreditation
Yet over 19% of recruiters say free online courses add value to candidates’ CVs
So how much do people know about opportunities to learn online for free?
Although the New York Times dubbed 2012 'the year of the mooc', one year later only 8% of the UK population has heard of massive open online courses, a form of free online education. Click here to find out more about the future of digital learning »