Does Your Career Need More Education?
For many moms either in or looking to get back into the workforce, their levels of education can vary to quite a degree.
That said it is important to always see where you may need to bump up your educational skills in order to better position yourself in your respective career field.
Whether you are in the fields of healthcare, accounting, real estate, business administration, or countless other areas, today’s job world all but demands workers be up to speed on the latest technology and happenings in their respective lines of work.
So, is it time that you reviewed whether or not your career need more education?
Going about Improving Your Standing
While there are numerous ways to go about improving your standing in the workplace, added education is certainly at or near the top of the list.
Remember these pointers as you look to elevate your career:
- Education – As mentioned a moment ago, you really can never have too much education in your life. That said having the right amount and mix of educational skills is the key. For example, if you work or look to work in the healthcare industry, you need to remember that technology is literally changing on the fly. As a result, what may have worked for you as a skillset even just a few months ago could change before year’s end? By educating yourself on a regular basis (taking classes, staying up to speed on industry trends by being an engaged reader etc.), you give yourself a much better opportunity to not only stay relevant in your current field, but also move your way up the corporate food chain;
- Networking – Even though some employees would best describe themselves as loners, they should always look to network with other professionals. In doing so, they improve their chances of being abreast on any major changes in their respective industry. For those employees who have the opportunity to attending networking conferences, seminars, and other related industry events, by all means take advantage of such opportunities. Even if being around others is not your favorite pastime, the knowledge you can gather from such events is invaluable. Even better, you can take that knowledge back to your co-workers (including your managers etc.) and demonstrate how it will impact the field you all work in. This puts you in a better light with your boss and/or bosses, making you one they may look to in order to lead a group of employees in a discussion or actually implementing new office-wide practices;
- Re-establishing yourself – As a mother, you may have taken some time off from the career world to begin raising your family. In doing so, you may find it necessary to refresh your skills, allowing you to better cope with the ever-changing workforce. By taking online courses (or going to classes in-person), you can refresh your memories about certain aspects of the field you are most interested in or have the greatest level of experience in. As many women can tell you, what the workplace looked like even just a few years ago to today can be quite different. That said education can be one of the best resources available to help you navigate those challenges;
- Being satisfied – Finally, only you will really know if you are truly satisfied with where your “new” career is or will take you. Don’t be afraid to explore the various possibilities out there, including those that involve adding more education to your resume. In the end, you will be all the better for it. If you are in the process of raising a family or recently finished that accomplishment, having the support of your spouse and children is crucial. The others in your family need to remember how important your career was and is to you, always lending their moral (and physical) support as needed.
If your career does in fact require more education, don’t feel like you do not have the time and/or money to do so.
Given you only live once, you have to take advantage of the opportunities when and where they present themselves.
Doing so is an educated decision.