Career Development Part 1 – Why Get An Advanced Degree? The Answer is Obvious

Today our guest blogger Lindsey Harper Mac starts a new series of posts on career development.  The rest will appear here at weekly intervals.  Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Career Development Part 1 – Why Get An Advanced Degree? The Answer is Obvious

If you wish upon a star for a better job-–you’ll likely find your wish unanswered. In truth, getting a better job or advancing in your current position requires more than just prayers and wishes. To move up the corporate ladder, you must prepare yourself for the job you wish to occupy. You can do this in many ways, some simple and others more complex. One of the most important things you must do if you wish to fill the shoes of an individual who currently occupies a position above yours is to earn the credentials necessary to qualify for this position. In many instances, without these credentials you will not be able to step up to the new job, regardless of how ideally suited you may feel yourself to be.

Fairness in Hiring

It may seem like you’d be a shoe-in for a promotion since you’ve dedicated yourself to your job for so many years, working loyally to advance the brand and improve the profitability of your company as a whole. In truth, however, these things–though important–may not be enough. Depending upon the industry in which you work, your supervisors may be unable to give you the promotion you seek if you don’t hold the industry-mandated credentials. If, for example, individuals who work in the position you covet must possess a master’s degree, and you don’t.  Then you’re simply ineligible for the job until you obtain this advanced degree. Instead of waiting for this problem to present itself, take control of the situation and get the credential now to qualify yourself for the position you wish to hold later.

Demonstrating Your Dedication

Picking up an advanced degree is another way to show your employer how dedicated you are to the industry in which you work. Particularly if you take it upon yourself to seek out this education unprompted.  Doing so can make it clear you’re in it for the long haul and you’re keenly interested in increasing your human capital and turning yourself into the most prepared and skilled employee you can be.

Making it Easy

The more you know about the industry in which you work, the easier it will be for you to perform well within the field. If you spend time acquiring more credentials, you’ll learn more about the work sector you’ve selected and, in doing so, you’ll make it easier for yourself to perform your job. For a particularly useful education experience, select an area in which you currently struggle that pertains to your job and seek out a class to help you build those particular skills.

The reasons to get an advanced degree are numerous. If you’re still on the fence as to whether you have the time and desire to advance your knowledge through the acquisition of a new credential, consider these benefits and allow them to give you the extra push you need to put the work in and pick up that certification, degree or training that will make you better prepared to perform on the job.

About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

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