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How an Online Degree Can Advance Your Current Career

By Mary P. Ivy,
Staff Writer

A degree might be what's holding up the advancement of your current career.

In the ever-changing world of work, most employees are constantly upgrading their skills and seeking a competitive edge. Regardless of the field or the worker's experience, learning is directly related to earning.

Update skills and knowledge

Education means staying up-to-date with the latest research and methods in your field. It also means mastering the newest technology related to your career and increasing your productivity.

Education helps you in your current career, allowing you to perform more efficiently and with confidence. You are more likely to take on difficult assignments, assured that you have the training to deliver.

Other benefits flow to those who seek continuous education. Contact with instructors and other workers in your field gives the student-worker new insights. New contacts are made which may enhance your current career or lead to a new position.

New contacts are valuable in many fields, whether you are in sales or need to bring new and talented people on to the team. If you decide to seek another position in the future, an expanded contact network may be helpful.

Many employers know the benefits of further education for their employees and offer tuition assistance to ensure that their team stays ahead of the competition.

Education highlights personal qualities

The education process helps your current career by highlighting your personal qualities to your employer. The traits of a successful student are often the same ones that mark that person as a valuable employee. These include time-management and goal-setting.

Time management is an important trait for any worker. When workers take on the role of student, they demonstrate their ability to get things done efficiently. While the newly-acquired skills improve your ability to perform your job, the time-management skills show your employer that you can handle additional responsibilities and deliver work on time.

Employers also value workers who focus on future goals and success. Pursuing further education shows that you have that ability. Goal setting and attainment are closely related to discipline and self-motivation-also qualities that bosses admire.

In fact, ongoing education is so important that many companies support their employees who return to school with a tuition assistance program. A publication by the School District of Osceola County, Florida, entitled "Career Success: Getting Your Employer to Pay for Your Education," suggests that students contact their Human Resources department to begin the process.

Education may bring raises and promotions

While there are no guarantees, the furtherance of education will certainly make an employee more qualified for new opportunities. Even workers who have accumulated great on-the-job experience are more valuable if they have academic training. Employers want to retain their top people, especially in challenging times.

Combining hands-on experience with academic training also means that, should you seek a position elsewhere, your skills will be cutting-edge and you can approach the job market with confidence and enthusiasm.

For many workers, education is essential to their careers. Teachers, tradespeople and many other workers must be lifelong learners in order to keep their certification current.

Many other fields require updated skills on a regular basis, as well. Anyone in a science, technology or medical career may find the organized approach to learning-in a classroom or online class-is a more efficient way to stay current.

Whether you are pursuing a degree, taking classes to renew a certificate or to keep your skills up-to-date, education helps your current career in many ways.

Last edited: April 20, 2012, 5:25 pm EST
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