Continuing education serves employees as well as their employers by keeping people up-to-date with the current norms. Long gone are the days when, college degree in hand, one could hope to land a job that would take care of them for the rest of their lives. Just as computers and automobiles adapt, change, and grow according to the demands of customers, so too do job requirements. The skills that got an employee hired are no longer necessarily the ones that they’ll be using on a daily basis six years later. In fact, it’s best to count on the skill set demanded by an employer changing over time.
That’s where continuing education comes into play. It doesn’t take anything away from a college degree, or even one’s Master’s degree. It merely adds clout to one’s skill set, keeping them in touch with developments as they come available.
Because it doesn’t take reinventing the wheel to recognize that an oval shaped wheel doesn’t spin quite as readily as a round one. And chipping off some of that surplus is where education comes into play – it makes one’s workplace efficiency just that much more smooth and streamlined. As any employee knows, maximizing productivity and effectiveness leads to all good things, both for the company, and for the individual. Once one’s personal productivity is maximized, pay raises, promotions, and other benefits tend to follow. And there are very few people who couldn’t use a bit of help smoothing out the edges in their knowledge base.