Many of us consider additional education at various points in our career. Our reasons for consideration follow several common themes:
- Preparing for a future role
- Facilitating a career switch
- Feeling like we aren’t good enough
- Networking while doing something fun
- Intellectual curiosity
- Fulfilling on a dream
When it comes to work ultimately we are already over, under or “just right” educated depending on the role we are aspiring to. Consider your current education for the role of HR Assistant and now for the position of VP for a Fortune 500 Company. See what I mean?
Additional education may be vital in an employer’s market. With current high rates of unemployment many of us are hiring people with credentials beyond what the position actually requires. It is simple supply and demand and with that perspective it makes sense. Personally, I am of the opinion that over educated for position = low engagement + turnover risk when the market improves. I could be wrong here. What do you think?
Just for the record I am very pro education and a committed lifelong learner. As I see it there are essential considerations to be pondered before investing in additional education:
- Will it lead to designations or degrees?
- Does it support your next role?
- Does it help distinguish or give you a unique edge? (Think Project Management or Social Media Maven!)
- Is it something that belongs on your resume?
- Will you get your ROI?
- Is it worth sacrificing your personal time?
- Is there a real gap in your offering or are you managing the vulnerability that comes with being in transition?
There are many facets to consider and I encourage you to carefully consider what’s in it for you!