By Evan Vitale
Let’s say you have a great career, good job with a decent salary and benefits. So, should you think about continuing education courses or are they solely for individuals who are seeking job advancements or a career change?
Continuing education is not like a traditional educational situation. In many cases continuing education is required by some professionals in order to earn or maintain licensing (such as those in the medical field). Some general continuing education opportunities offer adult learning, basic courses, occupational training or GED training.
Here are some reasons why continuing education might make sense:
– Continuing education can help you in advancing your current job or in starting a new career. In some cases, earning advanced degrees through continuing education can help you move up the pay scale and increase your income. In addition, your employer may have programs in place to help pay for or off-set the costs of taking continuing education courses.
– Continuing education can also help you keep your skills current and up to date with new technology; ideas; trends and other factors. Keeping your skills up-to-date makes you more valuable to your current employer. It’s very similar to attending a business conference where you will learn what’s new in your industry and gain new ideas and information.
– Of course, by taking additional courses, continuing education can also be a start in possibly finding a new job or switching to a new career altogether.
– In addition, there are other “fun” opportunities available in taking continuing education courses. Many colleges and universities offer courses in photography, welding, wine tasting, cooking, etc. While these classes probably won’t help you advance your career, they will make sure that you’re constantly learning and growing.
So, you see, there are many advantages to continuing education. Check with your employer to see if they cover any of the fees and check with local schools to see what courses they have to offer.