Most people already know that continuing education is one of the best and most rewarding ways to excel at work and advance your career. But beyond these professional reasons, there are a number of additional benefits to furthering education while on the job.
What is continuing education?
Simply put, continuing education is considered any kind of post-secondary learning or training program that happens after traditional schooling. Continuing professional education can include online courses, in-person classes, workshops and seminars, technical or professional certifications, or full-scale degree programs. Generally, any kind of formal learning can be considered continuing education.
Why is continuing education important?
While workforce development adds to your suite of skills and arsenal of knowledge, it’s just the beginning of what continuing professional education courses can do for you
Make more money
While incomes vary by profession, geographic location, experience on the job, and other factors, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown that, by and large, “the more you learn, the more you earn.” Acquiring new skills, industry knowledge, degrees and certifications often results in a pay raise or a higher starting salary at a new job.
Move up in your organization
Continuing education increases your chances of getting promoted because it expands your knowledge, adds to your skill set, prepares you to take on new responsibilities, and qualifies you for advanced work. Employers notice when their employees are committed to improving themselves, and they like to encourage them with promotions when they’ve earned them.
Many careers and employers expect their employees to acquire professional development and ongoing training to keep their skills up to date and their industry knowledge current. Lawyers, teachers, and accountants are some of the top professions that need continuing education.
They can get it in different ways. Many employers offer continuing education programs for employees to help them in their career progression. In some professions, certifications in specific areas of knowledge are available for career advancement. Often, employers ask employees to attend yearly classes, annual conferences, or occasional talks and lectures given by industry experts to help them stay abreast of new developments in their fields. And of course, several occupations require advanced degrees, whether at the master’s or doctoral level, to practice their professions or pursue new opportunities.
You can discover a wide range of courses online, including comprehensive and affordable career skills education programs that cover professional topics of every kind, delivered on your time schedule, which you can study at your own pace. Oftentimes, employers will help pay the costs of furthering education, or offer continuing professional education opportunities through work. Contact your human resources department to see what may be available at your place of employment.
Learn more about continuing education programs at ASU CareerCatalyst
Through CareerCatalyst, Arizona State University partners with companies and works directly with employees across industries to provide continuing professional education courses that further your education, improve personal development, and help you move ahead in your career.
As a top-tier university for innovation, ASU applies its unparalleled core of knowledge to partner with organizations and learners in critical areas ranging from foundational professional skills, to immersive leadership experiences, to advanced technical education in emerging fields. Through CareerCatalyst, ASU develops world-class continuing education solutions that align with business priorities and strategies and empower all learners to thrive in the future of work at every stage of their careers.
Connect with ASU to learn about the benefits of continuing education and how it can help you lead a more fulfilling and rewarding professional and personal life.