Career Education - A good education can help you get ahead in your career. But getting a degree isn't always the best option. Find out why in this informative article by guest author
Maybe you have already gained a degree or maybe you have absolutely no interest in embarking on a four year course to achieve one. Either way when it comes to getting a job you can be absolutely sure of one thing - employers are picky, very picky! And they can afford to be because they have so many job applicants to choose from.
The trick is to make sure you stand out amongst all the other applicants and one very good way to ensure that you do is to have qualifications relevant to the job you are applying for.
That's where a degree is often simply not enough. Sure, a degree says you have a certain level of intelligence and that you have proved your tenacity and ability to apply yourself through several years of study. But all too often the subject of a degree has little application in the real world.
What an employer is hoping for is an app1icant with experience directly relevant to the job on offer. There are only two ways you can obtain this knowledge. Either you gain knowledge on the job or you learn it through a specific career education course.
Obviously the former costs nothing and has the benefit that you are getting paid to learn. The problem is that all too few employers are prepared to make the financial commitment necessary to train you and, even if they do, you have no control over the quality of that training. So the disadvantage of learning on the job is that what you learn may be inadequate and let you down when the time comes to progress your career with another employer who may soon realize your deficiencies.
Therefore, the best solution is to a career training course that will provide career education relevant to the job you seek. If you are unsure of what type of job you should train for, it makes sense to first take a career aptitude test to establish your core skills and interests.
Indeed, regardless of whether or not you have a degree and regardless of whether or not you already have a job, taking a relevant career training course should be a serious consideration. That's because a proper career education is vital to your career success and, with the advent of the Internet, there is no excuse for not obtaining it.
In fact, the Internet is revolutionizing education and bringing it within reach of people all over the world. Consider the advantages of studying career training online:
No longer are you limited to just taking a career training course in your own town. Not even your own country. Now you can take career training courses online from which ever institution provides appropriate career education provided, of course, the cost is affordable.
You don't have to give up your present job because you can study in your spare time and at your own pace.
By studying at home you can save yourself the cost of commuting to a bricks and mortar college. You can save the cost of student accommodation and the expense of living away from home.
Mums can still look after their children and study when they are at school or asleep.
Your ethnicity is not a bar online and nor are disabilities.
Of course, one of the big advantages of attending a bricks and mortar college is the opportunity to meet fellow students from all walks of life, social background and race. It's through these social interactions that lifelong friendships are born and our tolerance of others increased for the common good.
But even that advantage is replicated online through the use of college based forums, discussion groups and chat rooms.
Now one problem most of us suffer from is a tendency to procrastinate and you may be wondering if this affliction will prevent you from getting the most from an online career education course. So you'll be relieved to know that online career training courses appoint an instructor who will send you course materials and set assignments and deadlines for their completion.
The Internet is fast becoming the easiest way to get extra educational qualifications. Make sure you take full advantage of what, in a recent Forbes magazine article, influential thinker Peter Drucker dubbed "webucation". So take full advantage of it to catapult your career to new heights.
Michael Soliatis offers career education and training advice plus career, resume and aptitude test advice.
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