The last few months have seen major shifts in the world’s daily routine. With so much change in the air, now is a good time to make personal changes as well. If you have reached a dead-end in your job, career, or personal growth, consider the benefits of continuing education.
What Are the Benefits of Continuing Education?
Continuing education is exactly what it sounds like. It is the process of continuing to learn, grow, and pursue new interests as you grow older. According to this study by NCES, almost 8 million students over the age of 25 enroll in college each school year. Many individuals take hobby classes as a way to relieve stress and develop skill sets, but continuing education provides many other benefits as well.
If you aren’t sure you want to “go back to school,” consider the following advantages of continually learning.
● Job Promotions and Advancements
A job promotion (and the accompanying increase in salary) is one of the primary reasons adults go back to school. Particularly during recessions and economical hardships, continuing one’s education can provide some job security. If you have room to move up in your company, then continuing your education could be the kickstart you need.
● Increase in Marketability
If you are currently unemployed, continuing your education helps to dress up a resume. Not every employer cares about certifications and degrees. However, depending on your career, licenses and certifications can play an important role in securing you a job. For instance, a graphic design job probably requires a certain level of technical skill.
● Satisfaction of Self-Improvement
An easy trap to fall into is the daily monotonous routine. Taking the time to improve yourself through continued education can improve self-esteem, confidence, and overall morale. There is nothing more satisfying than learning and applying new things.
● Exercise for Your Brain
Mental stimulation plays an important role in your continued brain development. To avoid feeling stagnant and dull at your current job, try stretching and challenging your brain through constant education.
● Job Change
Perhaps you have reached a dead-end in your job and the thought of changing careers intrigues you. It’s never too late to go back to school and begin fulfilling a new dream.
Many individuals dream of self-employment but remain unsure of how to pursue it. Continuing your education can see that you become an independent contractor in the field of your choice.
How Can You Continue Your Education?
So, how can you take active steps to further your education and experience the benefits? You don’t have to go back to college and receive a master’s degree. You can take steps to continue your education in the following (simple) ways.
● Learn on your own.
Spend your spare time reading, writing, studying, and listening. Make it a habit to learn something new every day.
● Sign up for local classes.
Most communities offer affordable weekly classes teaching new skills, hobbies, knowledge, etc. Find something that interests you, and be proactive in learning more about it.
● Enroll in online courses.
If you don’t have the time to attend classes, check out online educational courses. Online classes are particularly beneficial for those who want to return to college but work a normal day job.
● Maintain a goal.
Have a plan when continuing your education, and stick to it. If your goal is eventually to leave your job and become self-employed, enroll with that thought in mind. If you simply want to give your brain a challenge, look for mentally stimulating classes.
The Need for Independent Contractors in the Mold Field
Becoming an independent contractor is a great way to create a more flexible schedule, make your own rules, and build a loyal client base. Mold licensing classes offer the opportunity to further your education while increasing your chances of embarking on a new adventure. Mold inspection is an important job that can improve the health and comfort of countless homes.
If you aren’t sure how to go about taking classes or the licensing examination, call us today. The National Environmental Training Institute (NETI) is a state-certified training company offering Mold Remediator and Mold Assessor training. NETI also offers continuing education units (CEU’s), certification, and licensing.