There are seven ways higher education can help you in your career:
- Some higher educational institutions can help you get into a career through their program. An example is Harrington College of Design whose program links students to potential designing groups through showcasing students and their work. Meet and greets and other activities are set up to introduce students and their work to the mover and shakers in the design world.
- Some organizations require certification and licensing. Universities and colleges that provide those opportunities through their programs will help your chances of promotion or employment. Examples are in health and human services as well as IT. Certification in A+, Network + or licensing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois, are often requirements for certain positions.
- Often employees are stopped from moving to the next level by not having a degree. Obtaining that degree can remove this barrier to promotion or even employment for some positions.
- Sometimes a person that is successful at completing tasks and projects is not necessarily good in teams or as a manager. Some programs can provide knowledge and skills that you would not receive in your profession and thereby limit you from opportunities. For example a software engineer with an applied psychology degree can perform better as team lead by understanding group dynamics, conflict, and interpersonal skills.
- One of the Disney Classics states that “it is a big world after all”. Sometimes our perspectives are too narrow. We are not fully using our gifts. Sometimes a person just needs to be aware of opportunities he or she wasn’t aware of without an education. As Voltaire says the only way out of prejudice is to travel and read. Education allows us to look at life differently and may inspire you to take off in a new direction.
- Speaking of changing, sometimes we just need to change. Ask those who are in their midlife crises or those who are nearing the end of their life. Often what we are forced to do all our lives become too overwhelming and we need a new change. Now that we are older and maybe know who we are or more about ourselves, we are often better equipped to find a new occupation that fits our personality and values.
- Sometimes our brains just need to be challenged. The goal here is to stimulate the whole brain. Programs that require you to merely listen to lectures and take tests or recite what you “learned” do not stimulate the brain. Look for a college or university that provides a variety of learning methods to stimulate your brain.
Of course this is not the only benefits from higher education but are some to consider as you determine if and where you want to go for that degree. Understanding where you are going is helpful but not always necessary. The key is to have a goal, learn from obtaining or attempting to obtain that goal, and then adapt. As Darwin says, it is not the strongest that survive but the ones that are most adaptable to change.