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Climbing the Career Ladder
Climbing the Career Ladder
Climbing the Career Ladder

Overview - Climbing the Career Ladder

The knowledge and skills to climb the career ladder have the potential to change people's lives. Having a job and a reason to get up and out of the house each day can give people a real sense of purpose and self, boosting their confidence and opening them up to new opportunities.

Ambition is important; wanting to improve, learn new skills and reach the next step both personally and professionally can lead towards a career ladder promotion, but this motivation doesn't come naturally to everyone.

If you're looking to take your first steps on to the career ladder, advice can be invaluable, and our e-learning course on Climbing the Career Ladder is designed to educate you on everything you need to know to make those first steps.

Why take this course?

Going to work each day, earning your own money and having a sense of purpose can be incredibly satisfying and fulfilling, and progressing along the way by climbing the career ladder is even more so.

The Virtual College team has worked closely with social housing organisations to develop the content of this course, so it's been created with your needs in mind.

After completing this digital learning course, learners will:

  • Know where to look for job opportunities
  • Know how to complete an application form
  • Understand what information to include in your CV
  • Know how to prepare for job interviews
  • Understand how to maintain your job and climb the career ladder

Who is this course for?

Our Climbing the Career Ladder course would be useful for anyone who is entering into the world of work for the first time or who is looking to progress in their current role.

Social housing tenants may find it particularly beneficial, as the content of the course has been developed with their circumstances in mind.

Course lesson plan

This e-learning course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Starting your journey
  • Learn to shine
  • Best foot forward
  • Climbing the ladder and Summary

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing the Climbing the Career Ladder course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Course duration

This course should take around an hour to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed and how quickly you absorb the study material. E-learning is self-paced, which means you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like. Your progress will be automatically tracked by our Learning Management System, Enable.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

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Here are some ways you can quickly find the information you need:

  • Search for a course using search box
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Step 2: Buy the course

When you've found the course you want simply click on “Add to basket”. You can then continue shopping or check out and make a secure payment via the PayPal payment screen. This allows you to pay with most popular credit or debit cards or your PayPal account, and receive your receipt by email.

All our payments are dealt with by PayPal; one of the world’s most well-known payment providers – Great Britain’s no 1 preferred online and mobile payment method, so you can be sure that your payment will be safe and secure. Here at Virtual College we never even get to see your credit card details!

Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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