Benefits of Learning for Your Career
by Caroline Schmidt
The benefits of study for your career are invaluable, whether you’re a veteran of the office cubicle or fresh out of school with no idea what to do next. The classroom has the potential to fast-track your professional ambitions unlike anything else.
If a years-long degree sounds like too much commitment, and for many of us the hard truth is that it is, then a short course is a great alternative. Not only is it flexible, cost-friendly and time-effective, but an easy path for you to explore your passions with structure and dedication.
Here are just a handful of the benefits making a return to study can do for your career progression!
In this age of fast-paced, in-demand information, the theory you learn one week can be thrown out the window the next. As we continue to drive innovation and overhaul existing structures, keeping your knowledge up to date has never been more important. Access to education gives you more than an opportunity to develop, it is a direct connection to new ideas and different ways of thinking.
If you feel your career has hit a standstill, or you’re uncomfortable with taking the step from student to professional, further study can give you an edge – boosting your skillset to offer a unique perspective to employers. It can come as no surprise that leaders are also lifelong learners, so take this chance to step up and stay ahead too.
Meet New Talent
You might not know it yet, but when you walk into the classroom you’re coming face to face with the next generation of genius. Networking is a truly invaluable skill that will see you leap from different companies, positions and industries seamlessly. If you aren’t able to put yourself out there, you’re unlikely to be noticed and could miss out on great opportunities!
Effective learning requires mutual collaboration and the sharing of ideas. Once you leave the classroom, you can find yourself with genuine new friends and a list of potential professionals walking through your door once they graduate. One outstanding recommendation from your end could do wonders for everyone.
Adapt To Change
New situations require courage, confidence and an intuitive approach to communication. But if you’ve held the same job for a year, a decade, or more, changing situations can be hard to come by. Professionals that aren’t able to see any progression can become unmotivated when it comes to delivering work. Instead, propel yourself into a completely unfamiliar environment and see where you land!
Short courses bring together people of all different backgrounds, abilities and experiences with a mutual passion. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to re-enter the workforce or an old-hat bored with the industry you’ve work in for decades, pulling the rug out from under your feet is the best way to give yourself the necessary nudge to welcome the change.
Try Something New
Seeing the positive in trying something new comes hand in hand with embracing change. Enrolling in a university degree or TAFE course is a decision that can switch up your lifestyle as well as enhance your career prospects and personal ambition.
Doing something you’ve never done before, or at least not for an extended period of time, can be intimidating. It’s easy for many of us to just turn the other way and keep on walking. But these opportunities can also awaken an interest in you that you never knew you had! I knew a student who worked all their life in motorsport technology before settling down. Then, when the time was right she joined a course in horticulture and discovered a job that was her true passion. It’s never too late to take the plunge!
Get Back To Work
Leaving the workforce for a period of time can be a life-changing experience. The time away gives you the chance to reevaluate your mindset and priorities. While professionals all have different reasons for taking the step back, what they have in common is the challenge that comes with returning to work. The routine and expectations of every job can be difficult to handle, especially if you aren’t properly prepared.
Enrolling in a course can have huge benefits for your career and core skill set, broadening your opportunities and appeal to employers. The classroom environment is safe, but in this allows you to ease back into the habit of quick thinking, problem-solving and teamwork. Sometimes a great learning experience is all the nudge you need to hit the ground running!
Caroline Schmidt writes the blogs for Kangan Institute. She is passionate about education, careers, and giving advice to students of all ages.
As a storyteller, I help quieter and thoughtful folk communicate better online (and offline). I enjoy the complexity of people and helping others through my coaching, training and online courses.
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