Are You Schooled Sufficiently in Your Career of Choice?

Does it feel sometimes like your career is at a dead end?

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If so, you may feel like you should do something to help ensure your future, but you may not know exactly what you can do.

Signs that a Change is Needed

Some signs that your career is at a dead-end include being passed over for promotion on a regular basis, losing out on jobs because you don’t have enough qualifications, or not being eligible for jobs due to a lack of credentials.

According to a recent study by the Institute of Education Statistics, more than 57 percent of continuing education students are post high school grads who are taking further education classes to advance in their careers.

Are you schooled sufficiently in your career of choice?

If you aren’t getting promoted the way you think you deserve to be, it’s possible that your educational credentials could be to blame.

Here is a list of careers where continuing education could equal promotion and higher pay:

Contractors

Contractors can learn a great deal about new methods and technologies to advance in their careers, even if they don’t have a direct boss to report to.

In the contracting business, there are always new governmental regulations to adhere to, new employee policies to comply with, and updated building codes to adhere to.

As the following article looks at, Contractors school can make it easy to keep up with all of it.

Accountants

The accountancy industry is constantly being bombarded with new tax laws and guidelines that have to be managed.

Not only do principal accountants have to be aware of these new regulations, but staff has to be aware of them as well, so they don’t inadvertently commit an infraction against tax code.

Getting Help for Continuing Education

If you are interested in continuing education in your career of choice but can’t afford it, it’s possible that your employer may be willing to subsidize all or part of your education.

Don’t assume they will say no. Subsidizing employee education is a big benefit for employers.

For one thing, they can take the expense as a tax write-off.

Secondly, they get the added benefit of having a highly educated employee on their staff once you complete your coursework. That’s a huge benefit to them, and they will likely increase your pay substantially as a result.

If you’re looking for a way to advance in your career but you don’t want to change jobs, enrolling in continuing education courses in your field might be the way to go. You’ll be able to prove existing knowledge in your industry as well as get updated on new advancements in your field of study.

The combined benefits of learning and pay are something that shouldn’t be ignored.

About the Author: Kate Supino writes extensive about best business practices.

Continuing Education is Good for Employees

Are you revamping your benefits package for employees? Have you considered adding tuition reimbursement as a benefit to full-time employees?

idea_plan_actionIt might surprise you to know that the majority of businesses offer such a benefit in one form or another.

Not quite as many companies offer this benefit today as they did back in 1993 when a survey by Hewett Associates showed that 99% of employers provided some type of reimbursement.

However, it is still considered a valuable benefit to workers and many businesses recognize that fact and include it as part of their package.

 

Better Applicants

By offering even partial tuition reimbursement, companies usually get applicants that are better qualified and more educated. They value education and see employers that offer this benefit as ones they want to work for.

Companies also see workers that are more dedicated and stay with the company for longer.

Because the employees feel that the company cares about them and invests in their future, they are more invested in the company’s success.

Investing in the Future of the Company

These companies that offer tuition reimbursement know they are getting something out of the deal. They are investing in their own future.

Better educated employees are more qualified for promotions and most companies would agree that it is better to promote from within whenever possible.

After all, who knows the culture and policies better than someone who already works there?

When employees choose to take advantage in company-paid education, it shows that they are serious about their jobs and future careers.

As the article, “What Your Degree Says About You” states, it is important to find a degree that suits the person. While other factors may be included, many people choose an education based on what career will make them happy.

If your employee is furthering his or her education in a field that directly relates to your company and the job, it is a good indication that the person expects to be happy in the field for long-term. Since turnover is costly to businesses, this is good news.

Setting Guidelines

Businesses can even gear the benefit in the direction they want employees to take by providing limitations or requirements. For instance, a company may only reimburse for tuition when the class or degree directly relates to a current job.

It may also require the employee to continue working for a set number of years to qualify for the benefit either before attending school or after completing the course or program.

Companies often base reimbursement on grades, with a graduated scale.

A student with an “A” would receive more money than one that graduated with a “C” grade. This ensures that the employee is taking the opportunity as seriously as he or she should be.

Providing tuition reimbursement for employees is a smart move for most companies. They can attract better applicants and be better positioned to keep the ones they hire for longer.

When it comes time to promote, they only have to look at the current pool of employees to find someone who is qualified and dedicated enough.

About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including small business and education.