August 16, 2011

Why You Should Go Back to School – Even if You have a Job!

Getting a college education is the fastest way to give your resume a boost and actually find the job of your dreams. But what if you already have the job of your dreams (or at least are working in your dream industry in an entry-level position)? Does going putting your career on hold to go back to school make sense?

First of all, going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your career on hold. On the contrary, more and more online school options are popping up every day, giving you the chance to earn an advanced degree on your own time, without having to worry about fitting work around you class schedule. Many colleges also have night and weekend classes available to accommodate non-traditional students already working in their field.

With that settled, let’s talk about a few advantages to going back to school for your degree, even if you already have a job:

  • You’ll typically advance faster within the company if you have a higher degree, since you’ll be more qualified for promotions.
  • Even if you don’t get a promotion, you may get a raise just for going back to school.
  • Your company might not be around forever. If it closes or you’re laid off, a higher degree will help you find a new job more quickly.
  • Getting an advanced degree shows your employers that you have initiative, which means they’re more likely to give you more responsibilities and listen to your ideas.
  • Education can open your eyes to new aspects of the same topics, and with a new perspective, you might enjoy your job even more.
  • The more education you have, the easier your job is to complete.

In addition to these great benefits, many employers will actually pay for you to go back to school through a tuition reimbursement program. This is especially true for top corporations want to ensure – the best companies in any field want the best workers, and the more education you have, the better suited for their positions you’ll be.

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