It’s back to school for high school and college students. But they are not the only group that need to think about “back to school”. All career professionals should be thinking about increasing their own value in the work place. Generally speaking, there are sectors of the work world that refer to continuing your education or training for licensing as Professional Development or Continuing Education Units (CEU).
- Physicians and nurses
- Massage Therapists
- Teachers and Administrators
- Realtors and CPA’s
This list is certainly not complete, but you get the idea. Some professions require that within a determined number of years, you are required to participate in classes or conferences in an effort to keep current in your field. Some industries pay for their employees to attend these conferences or courses while others leave it up to the individual. The important point here is WHY would you leave it up to someone else?
In a changing economic market it makes it more challenging for individuals to quantify their value to a company, but it pays dividends if you invest in yourself. Firms, companies and organizations have scaled back their resources to cover the costs associated with on-going training for employees, but the value of you investing in you is enormous! It not only increases your own intellectual value, but it elevates the employer’s perception of you as an individual and your willingness to increase your own potential.
Making decisions about college and career is never easy. But there are things you can do to make it an easier process and a fun journey.
High school students….find a way to career shadow or volunteer!
College students….you too can volunteer, shadow or intern in an unpaid experience!
Returning to the workforce….take a class, shadow a friend, volunteer, FIND YOUR PASSION!
Most important, Own Your Future!
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