Improve the Health of Your Educational Background

Jul 21, 2016 by

Do you ever truly have enough education in your life?

As millions of people can tell you, getting as much education as possible is the way to go, especially in today’s challenging job world.

Yes, some employers simply want someone to fill a chair and/or cubicle, not really caring one way or the other if someone spent years of their life becoming educated.

Many other employers, however, do actually look at the number of years one has spent getting an education or two.

That said you can never really have too much schooling in your life, so don’t ever feel like you are wasting your time taking class after class. In fact, look at the experiences as a means of increasing your ability to ultimately move up in the corporate world, giving you a better chance at more responsibilities and of course higher salaries.

Should I Go Back to School?

In the event you are pondering the decision of whether or not to go back to school while at your current job or taking a break from the work world to focus entirely on your studies, consider these advantages to landing more education:

  1. Knowledge – First and foremost, you can never go wrong with gaining more knowledge in your life. Consider the fact that you may have been out of the classrooms for a decade, perhaps longer. In that time, the way people live and work has certainly changed in one degree or another. As a result, it is important to stay abreast of the latest changes, especially in areas like medicine, technology, business etc. Whether you go back to school to get a degree or just take some coursework to learn a new skill or refresh an old one, getting that added schooling certainly can’t hurt you;
  2. Changing times – As mentioned a moment ago, times are certainly changing. One area where that is certainly true is healthcare. With newer procedures dotting the medical landscape, it is important for doctors, nurses, EMT’s, techs, and many others in the healthcare industry stay on top of the changing field of medicine. Whether you opt for a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics or any number of other health-related areas, your added skills will put you in position to advance up the medical ladder, be it at a hospital, medical center, clinic, working out in the field etc. The goal should always be to stay ahead of or at least even with the current changes in your respective field;
  3. Opportunities abound – Even though you may find it difficult to move up the chain of command in your current position that does not mean there aren’t other opportunities out there awaiting you. While one door may close and/or stay closed at your current place of business, others may open elsewhere. When a recruiter sees that you are keeping pace with the current skillset and educational needs in your industry, he or she may recommend you for a position elsewhere. Always keep your eyes and ears open, looking for opportunities that may necessitate leaving one position and/or business for another;
  4. Networking awaits – Lastly, by returning to school to take additional coursework, you open the door to potential networking opportunities. Even for those individuals studying online, you are likely to meet others doing the exact same thing. In many cases, online studies will involve some personal time with other students and professors, so don’t view online studies as being stuck in a room at home and staring endlessly at a computer. By networking with other students, you could hear about another job opportunity elsewhere. That said a professor may also be the key to getting you a new job in another location. Along with the in-person contacts, utilize social media when returning to the classroom, giving you yet another opportunity to network.

Even though some people will look at taking on added educational opportunities as higher costs and less free time in what can easily be an already jam-packed life, look for the positives.

Remember, you should always have the mindset that taking more coursework is going to benefit you, not deprive you of anything.

When you do that, you will improve the overall health of your educational background.

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