University not for you – so what are your options?

University isn’t for everyone – and if you find yourself pondering other options, that’s totally a-ok, because there’s an increasing amount of evidence to suggest that just because you go to Higher Education doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily get the career of your dreams.

With the average debt of university students on graduating being in the region of over £50,000 and no guarantee of a job at the end of their studies, many students are exploring different options.

At UKSA we offer a number of exciting career pathways leading to employment

Yachting careers – training for global maritime careers

The sea has a tradition of offering excitement and adventure unmatched by other career environments. A career in yachting offers a unique working environment with an unparalleled opportunity and variety of work. With the opportunity to live and work in warm climates, visit some of the most beautiful places on earth, it’s easy to see why so many people choose a career in the yachting industry.

Yacthmaster students on a yacht

With a global reputation for excellence, UKSA has helped launch the careers of hundreds of students each year. The key to our reputation and success lies in the quality of the training we provide, our understanding of the industry, and the ongoing support provided by our careers service.

We are dedicated to your long-term progress and success, delivering support and advice throughout your career.

Watersports Careers – live life to the full and do what you love!

Do you want to have a career teaching the sport you love? The demand for watersports instructors has rocketed in recent years, with watersports becoming increasingly popular at holiday destinations worldwide.

UKSA Student learning to windsurf

Our programmes are developed through close consultation with the leading operators to ensure they foster the skills and personal qualities demanded by employers.  We have been training instructors since 1990 and continue to update and refine training methods and qualifications.  Put simply, our objective is to ensure you are always in the best position to succeed.

Looking for inspiration?

If you need a little inspiration then check out our ‘life after graduation‘ stories, which follow the amazing journeys of our graduates.  Students work in beautiful locations all over the globe doing incredible things, often coming back to us to further their training at a later date.

Have you considered?

Students preparing for sea safety training at UKSA

What are the benefits?

Benefits can include travelling the world, the challenge and camaraderie of working as a team. The chance to up-skill,  turn a job into a career with an enviable lifestyle and, in many cases, the chance of a lucrative pay packet. Which means your student debts are paid off within months of graduating!

So what courses can I do?

  • The Superyacht Cadetship  is our flagship 4 year course, with the opportunity to undertake a Plymouth University Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science leading to a full BSc. This degree course has joint qualifications with the merchant/commercial training route affording graduates the opportunity to cross over into other sea-going pathways.

Other career courses are:

Whatever your budget, timescale or goals, there’s something to suit all.

Graduation Photos of Previous Yachtmasters at UKSA

Interested – we would love to talk to you?

So give us a call on +44 (0) 1983 203038 and speak to one of the expert advisors, who will open your eyes to the sheer diversity of training available. University is not the only option – you don’t have to graduate with a debt around your neck.