As a credential holder, you’ve already shown employers and clients that you’ve voluntarily chosen to go above and beyond what’s required to work in your field and have undergone rigorous training in safe business practices. As you maintain your credential, you may think of continuing education as simply completing a requirement; however, continuing to learn and refresh our skills benefits us in other ways we may not have considered, even outside of the workplace.
A recent report from the World Economic Forum estimates that nearly one-third of all jobs worldwide will be transformed by technology on some level during the next decade, stressing that workers and employers need to be prepared. Today, with U.S. unemployment at its lowest in almost 70 years (3.6% at press time), it’s even more important to stand out—not just keep up—in a job market where employers are being inundated with candidates. Many businesses are looking for more than a college degree when reviewing applications, and screening for additional credentials and training is becoming customary.
Aside from fostering your personal and professional development, continued learning lends credibility in your field, making you more attractive to prospective employers and helping you remain competitive in the workforce. During difficult economic periods, it may help provide some career stability. If you are currently employed, showing that you’ve remained up to date in your field may help you negotiate a raise or even a promotion. Additionally, courses and training programs may provide opportunities to network with others and make professional connections, whether online or in person.
Continuing to learn throughout your career also gives many professionals a renewed sense of confidence and purpose, in turn boosting their productivity on the job. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health determined that education can even create opportunities for improved health because of its social and psychological benefits. In other words, better jobs and better incomes have been shown to improve a person’s quality of life.
Continuing education is not only essential to your growth as a professional and understanding trends and developments in your field, it’s also a worthwhile investment in yourself. Read more about CCE credentials, their requirements, and scholarships and awards opportunities.
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