College vs. High School Degree In the Workplace
It would not be unreasonable to consider that there are times that an education beyond high school may be necessary as the workplace becomes more competitive. It may not always need to be a college degree, however, but perhaps in the form of college courses or certification programs. The first determination that you will need to make is whether or not a degree is required in your field. Take the time to research if advancement is available without a degree. In some cases the lack of a degree may only hinder salary, but not necessarily advancement. This research can be done as easily as checking out the job search websites and reviewing the posted job ads for their required qualifications.
If a degree is not necessarily, it’s important that you do not rule out additional training in order to increase your knowledge level and marketability. There are a variety of certification programs available depending upon your field. In some cases, you may be able to obtain a license which will show your commitment to learning your profession to current and future employers.
If a diploma, certification or licenses are not necessary, consider taking
classes in order to broaden your skill sets. Classes are available on-line both instructor led or individualized study. Many of the larger companies even offer tuition reimbursement, training programs, or on the job training which will allow you to learn, while your employer picks up the tab. Check with your Human Resources office to find out more.
If your career is in a field that requires a degree, it's important that you take whatever steps are needed to fulfill this requirement. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that there are many factors which will play a role in your advancement. Earning a college degree does not automatically guarantee a promotion so weigh your options carefully. If a college degree is not in your budget and is not required for your job, there are many options available for you to continue learning the skills that you need in order to do well in your career.
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