Career Development – Continuing Education – The Key to Professional Growth
Today we have a guest post from Katheryn Rivas who is an education writer interested in researching the opportunities an online university can provide. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve heard over and over again how challenging the economy is today. With student loan debt the highest it has ever been, a steady unemployment rate, and a hugely competitive job market, very few people would deny the fact that the professional world can be unforgiving. Keeping your head above water in a climate like this is essential and one of the best ways to do so is by working to make yourself more valuable to your workplace. Continual professional development and professional growth are the best ways to remain relevant within a professional setting – you can become a student of your trade. Continuing your education with a focus on your job and industry is a worthwhile and effective step to take for your professional well-being. Consider these options for continuing education towards your professional growth.
Online Courses and Learning
There are few better ways to create more opportunities for yourself within the office than by seizing opportunities in the classroom. With advances in online technologies, there are more and more options online for individuals looking for a quality education. The online classroom provides the best possible option for individuals looking for expanded knowledge without sacrificing their nine to five schedule. Professionals can earn useful degrees, qualifications, or simply take a class or two completely online and on their own time. Many companies and employers will offer some sort of educational reimbursement for classes that relate to their area of work. If an official online college program or classes isn’t right for you, you can also consider open courseware classes. Major big name universities like MIT, Yale, Stanford, and many more offer free online versions of their classes. Look at your options and take advantage of what these institutions have to offer.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Investigate the various clubs and associations involved with your area of work or industry. Many of these clubs and association memberships can be wonderful tools for networking, expanding knowledge, and staying in touch with recent news in your field. Many employers will support employees with association memberships and they can become large pluses on an individual’s resume. No matter what area of business or industry you are active in, there are likely many different associations and professional groups dedicated to the subject. Carefully evaluate your many options and decide which memberships seem the most useful for you and your purposes.
Educational Travel and Conferences
Conferences and professional travel, can bring huge plusses to your day-to-day work life. Of course, you can get more than just a free vacation, conferences travel can also be extremely educational and beneficial to your professional development. Research the various conferences offered related to your line of work. Because conferences can be pricy and time consuming it is important that you really research your options. Try to find the conference and lectures that you think you can really gain from. Any effort to learn more about your trade will be viewed as a positive thing in the eyes of your employer and on your resume.