Are you looking to move up in your current career, or transition into another role? According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, continuing education for adults aged 35 or older should grow by 7 percent until 2016. Looking into continuing education and professional development programs can help you gain that advantage over other potential candidates. To make a career change, it may be necessary for your to improve your skills in your area, or a learn skills in a completely new function to be the best candidate for the job. For example, if you are currently a finance manager, but are going to start leading a team of other finance professionals, you may need leadership or management training for your new role.
We want to help you find the right continuing education programs that match your professional development and career progression goals. There are both classroom programs and online programs to choose from when selecting a continuing education program. Classroom programs are generally several days or weeks in a classroom with many other individuals just like yourself who are looking to increase their marketability, and learn new skills for their career. Online programs are perfect for individuals who are looking to continue their education without the travel of a classroom program. Online programs can be accessed at any time, and allow you to continue your education while still spending time at your place of employment and with family.
How to Find the Best Program for You:
- Determine what skills you are looking to gain from your continuing education program. Whether it is finance, marketing, management, leadership, or another skill, find programs that best match what your goals are in the future.
- Decide if you are looking for a classroom or online program.
- From there, look at the institution’s rankings, reputation, and student testimonials to determine if that is the best program for you.
- Then decide what date is best for you to start based on your projects and responsibilities at work and at home.
- Enroll and start preparing yourself for the course by reading books on that subject area, and getting familiar with the overall subject and course syllabus so you are best prepared for your first few weeks in the program.
We hope this helps you while making the decision on what type of continuing education program to pursue. Please share any advice you have had while choosing the best program for your needs!