Thinking of dipping a toe back in the academic pond? Of course, there are numerous benefits to going back to school, not the least of which is the possibility to increase your salary. However, taking more classes isn’t always a guarantee of career advancement in your chosen field. Here are some things to keep in mind before going back to school as an adult:
Does it get you past base requirements for a job?
Before enrolling in classes, consider whether they will help you get past the base requirements for your dream job. In some cases, you might end up spending a lot of money on an education that doesn’t help you get that position or a promotion – but does saddle you with debt. On the other hand, if you’re taking classes to improve your technical skills, there’s a good chance you’ll improve your prospects.
Does it get you a new certification?
If you’re wondering whether to pursue an academic course, consider whether it will score you a new certification. Hiring managers and recruiters will determine the best fit for their open position. Possessing formal certifications and job experience make you an ideal candidate. Some jobs might be better with certifications while other openings might desire job experience. So, the possibility of securing a degree or certification might make the cost of continuing education more palatable.
How does it make you a more attractive job candidate?
Maybe you aren’t currently looking for a job or would move to the right job if it becomes available. However, companies appreciate workers who are passionate about learning and developing. Working with a mentor could help determine which skills make you more attractive in the future in your field. It might not be a concrete path but continued development will always be looked on favorably. Additionally, taking part in classes allows you to network with others in your field – and that’s always a positive.
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