For many, the benefits of continuing education are clear, but if you’ve ever questioned the value of returning to the classroom, here are five ways that it can benefit you, and why your organization as a whole can benefit from employees who understand that value themselves.
1. INCREASED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Whether you’re finishing a degree, designation or seeking a certificate of completion, or to fulfill renewal requirements, your academic achievements open doors for your career. The more you learn, the more you’re qualified to do, and the more likely organizations are to take you and your potential contributions seriously. Your degree can help you gain the qualifications you need to become a valuable member of a team that needs you, or a more valuable member of your current team.
2. BROADENED HORIZONS
Education allows you to focus on the subject area of your choice, but it also helps you to diversify. Whether this is in terms of your actual studies – our students customize their degrees with a specialization of their choice – or from simply interacting with classmates from all backgrounds, continuing education isn’t just a great way of expanding your base of knowledge; it’s a great way to broaden your view of the world.
3. LEARNING TO LEARN
One important skill you’ll develop in continuing education is the ability to learn. Simply put, there are opportunities every day to grow and to develop as a professional. By returning to school or pursuing further training, you condition yourself to learn new things every day, constantly building upon your existing skills, and adapting to the changing expectations and professional climate around you. It helps you turn every task, meeting, and conversation into a valuable educational experience.
4. JOB SATISFACTION
According to the National Opinion Research Center in 2008, job satisfaction rates increase significantly for employees with higher-level degrees. The difference for workers claiming to be “very satisfied” climbs from 40% without a diploma to 58% for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Adding those who report themselves as being “moderately satisfied” raises that number to a whopping 93%.
5. KEEPING PACE WITH INDUSTRY TRENDS
The world changes, the workplace evolves, and advances in every field come faster than ever. This means that a degree from twenty years ago – or even ten years ago – may not be as valuable or relevant as one earned today. This will continue to be the case as hiring managers seek those with up-to-date, current knowledge of their respective fields. Continuing education is a great way to ensure that your knowledge is relevant to modern day situations.