3 Reasons Why Now Is the Time to Further Your Knowledge
Many people shy away from professional development activities for a range of reasons. Perhaps you don’t have the time, you don’t believe you need any additional skills, or you think that you will stay in your current position for many years to come. This could be true, but I’m here to tell you that right now is the perfect time to be proactive and further your knowledge. Why – you ask? Read below to find out.
Learning has never been more accessible
Previously, getting a qualification meant that you were unable to work and it was compulsory to attend classes at the education provider in person. With the constant growth of internet users, higher education providers are increasingly offering their courses via-distance. Distance learning allows the study process to be more flexible and tailored to the student. Study can be completed anywhere in the world, can fit around prior commitments such as work and family, and can be completed at the student’s own pace. Distance learning also allows students to demonstrate their ability to self-motivate and work autonomously during the degree. With online education being so accessible – now is your time to take the leap and further your education.
The job market is tougher than ever
In today’s tough job market, possessing skills and qualifications that distinguish you from others can be extremely beneficial to you. Even though you may not be looking for a new position, being on the cutting edge of your discipline is crucial. Although core skills are usually focussed on, proactively expanding your skillset and being open to new ideas will put you at the top of your game. Differentiation is key when looking for a new position and it can also be a factor that could keep you in your current position. Having a niche expertise could be the reason why your job is kept in times of financial crisis when it is cheaper to send to an offshore provider. Continually remaining up-to-date with trends and knowledge will only help you, so now is the time to act on it.
Possessing qualifications is now the norm
Twenty or thirty years ago, those who attended a university or obtained higher education qualifications were the minority. In 2014, we encourage high school students to attend university and instil in their mind that ‘the only way to get a good job is by studying’. Although this may not be the case, the overwhelming majority of professionals new to the workforce have at least a Bachelor’s degree behind them. This reinforces the fact that those without any formal qualifications are now lacking in that respect. By no means am I arguing that those without a qualification are incapable of performing their job to a high standard – I am simply saying that by pursuing a qualification later in your career, you will be able to further differentiate yourself from those in a similar position to you.
Do you have any other reasons why you think now is the time to further your knowledge? Alternatively, do you disagree with any of the points? I welcome your thoughts or questions in our comment box below.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: Times Higher Education; Harvard Business Review; and University of England.