Electrician career path

Hi there, I am a nearly fully qualified electrician to 18th edition with level 3 NVQ 2357. As I approach completion I am now wondering what to do next as I would quite like to progress further as I did quite well in college and feel I am capable. My question is basically what would be a good route to take: 2391 followed by the 2396 design course, or is the building services (electrotechnical) HNC a good option? Any advice would be massively appreciated, thanks

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  • Jack, it is fantastic that you are interested in furthering your knowledge of this wonderful industry of ours. I am a tutor on both the 2391 and 2396 and whilst they are worthwhile qualifications to pursue at any stage of your career, I believe that you should have a few miles on the clock before attempting them. Not because you might fail to achieve but because you are likely to find the learning much more worthwhile when you have been around a few more corners. 

    My advice would be to tackle the HNC first. Best of luck whatever you do. Oh, and stick around here, some young blood would be welcome! 

  • Hi lyle thanks for your response Smile It is brilliant to hear advice from somebody such as yourself given your position, I am a sponge for any advice so it is much appreciated. I am 20 years old with just my apprenticeship as experience so far (commercial and domestic) so your point probably does ring true. I feel the 2391 could benefit me however straight out of my time as a lot is still fresh in my head and feel I am capable, money is a factor too so being approved is something I desire. 
    Would you recommend the building services HNC or the electrical engineering HNC? Again thank you for your response Thumbsup

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  • Hi lyle thanks for your response Smile It is brilliant to hear advice from somebody such as yourself given your position, I am a sponge for any advice so it is much appreciated. I am 20 years old with just my apprenticeship as experience so far (commercial and domestic) so your point probably does ring true. I feel the 2391 could benefit me however straight out of my time as a lot is still fresh in my head and feel I am capable, money is a factor too so being approved is something I desire. 
    Would you recommend the building services HNC or the electrical engineering HNC? Again thank you for your response Thumbsup

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