5 Benefits of Continuing Education

By Philip J Reed - February 11th, 2016

For many, the benefits of continuing education are clear, but others may question the value of returning to the classroom. If you’ve ever had the same question yourself, here are five important ways that continuing education could benefit you, and how organizations as a whole can benefit from employees that know the value themselves.

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Increased Job Opportunities

Whether you’re finishing your bachelor’s degree, earning your master’s, or seeking a Certificate of Completion, 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. A degree in your field is your first step to becoming a valuable member of a team that needs you, or a more valuable member of your current team.

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 – students at CSU Global customize their degrees with a Specialization of their choice – or from simply interacting with and getting to know classmates from different backgrounds and walks of life, continuing education isn’t just a great way of expanding your base of knowledge; it’s a great way to enhance your experience of the world.

Learning to Learn

One important skill you’ll develop as a lifelong learner is the ability to learn. Simply put, there are opportunities every day to grow and to develop as a professional. By returning to school and achieving new academic goals you condition yourself to learn new things every day, constantly building upon your existing skills, and continuously adapting to the changing expectations and professional climate around you. It helps you turn every task, meeting, and conversation into a valuable learning experience.

Keeping Pace with Industry Trends

The world changes, the workplace evolves, and advances in every field come faster than ever. This very much 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 and seek those with up-to-date, current knowledge of their respective fields. Continuing education is a great way to ensure that your knowledge is always relevant to modern day situations.

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%.

At CSU Global, we design each of our courses with these benefits in mind, and tailor them to the busy schedules of working adults. We host regular programmatic advisory boards to ensure that every program we offer is up to date and prepares students for an increasingly competitive marketplace. We’re acutely aware of the value of continuing education, and employers are, too.

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  • Thank you for your input and for providing sound advice, Tiffany.

  • When you consider that point about how the world is always evolving, continuing your education seems more essential. My aunt has been considering going back to school for a while now. I think it has something to do with that part of how employers tend to prefer to hire people who are up-to-date.

  • Continuing education has a lot of advantages. Knowledge is the key to get success and the internet has emerged as an important and critical source of information. A person could enroll in a professional development course in order to get different types of certificates which could help the concerned individual to get a better job opportunity. Besides, a person could also enroll in a professional development course which could help the individual to learn different skills to overcomes different types of issues associated with professional life.

  • I thought that it made sense when you said that job satisfaction increases when people get higher education levels. I have been thinking about going to college to help me find a job that I would enjoy best but I am worried that it is too late. I now understand, from reading your article, that any adult can choose to further their education and I will be sure to consider going to back to school.

  • You made a good point that job satisfaction increases with those who achieve higher-level degrees. I’ve been wanting to feel more fulfilled in my career by getting a higher position. Maybe I should use an online college finder to help me get my degree so I can be a better fitting candidate for the job.

  • I liked that you said that one thing to consider when you are an adult and would like to learn just to gain more knowledge is to attend adult education courses. I have been trying to find ways to continue my education even though I will not be changing my career but I haven’t been sure where I can take advantage of these opportunities. I will be sure to research different adult education opportunities so that I can learn more and further my knowledge and education.

  • I like how you said that continuing education can lead to increased job satisfaction. I haven’t been feeling very fulfilled in my life for the last few years. Maybe I’ll look for a maths equivalency testing service so I can meet the course entry requirements and pursue higher education.

  • I loved that you elaborated on the importance of having the ability to learn to continue your education. My brother is thinking about a second career, and we are looking for advice to help him. I will let him know about your recommendations to help him understand that continuing his education is up to him.

    • Thanks for your comment! I hope that this blog article will be helpful to your brother as he navigates a second career and potentially continuing his education.

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