But 70% of men haven’t studied since the age of 30.
A new survey looking at adult learning in men has highlighted how further education can be a boon to male mental health.
Forty-two per cent of the 2000 men polled by Open Study College said they were driven to learn new skills and knowledge in order to improve their mental health.
Two thirds of the 18-30-year-olds questioned said they had struggled with their mental health in the last two years.
Elsewhere in the study, 24% felt no drive to study after the age of 30, while 43% said they didn’t think additional qualifications were necessary to progress in their careers.
“Men feel less pressured than women to give themselves every advantage to progress in their careers as they are not affected by the ‘glass ceiling’,” said Samantha Rutter, CEO of Open Study College.
“Men are also less likely to take career breaks and therefore feel they don’t need further education, but in today’s competitive workplace, our research shows it’s more important than ever to give yourself every opportunity to improve your employability and career prospects – whatever your gender.”
Younger generations are more likely to think additional qualifications are important. 92% of 18-21-year-olds thought they were, compared to 38% of 41-50-year-olds. Twenty-nine per cent of that younger age group have gone onto study a Masters degree.