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How Important is Education to Your Job?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

In a word: very!  Some jobs don’t ask for anything beyond a high-school diploma, but these are generally low-paying positions that won’t offer you any room to advance.  Most employers worth working for will require that you have a degree before they’ll even hire you, while many want you to continue your education in order to qualify for advancement. 

The level of education needed for any given job will vary by both the field and the particular position, but if you’re interested in improving, you’re probably going to have to think about continuing education at some point.  This could mean taking out loans or even working while you attend school.  When you think about the possible benefits of earning a degree, it makes sense to do whatever you can to get the education needed to get hired or climb that ladder.  If you find that education is the key to getting the job you want, then here are just a few ways you can go about getting it.

1. Standard college or university.  This is probably the most expensive and least flexible option for continuing education.  And yet, there’s added value in attending this type of school.  You’ll not only come out with a degree from an institution that people have actually heard of (potentially giving you a leg up), but you can engage in networking (since you’ll be taking classes with others interested in your field) and you might be surprised by how many people from your alma mater you’ll meet in the business world (possibly helping you get a foot in the door).

2. Community college.  This is a far less pricey option for college, but it comes with some limitations.  For one thing, you may only be able to earn an associate’s degree or various levels of certification from a community college (rather than a 4-year degree).  On the upside, they offer tons of general education courses designed to work with the schedules of the working world, so you should be able to find classes that fit your time frame and you can easily finish your first two years of education before heading off to another school to earn a degree in your major.

3. Online university.  This is almost certainly the easiest option since you can take all of your classes travel-free and on your own timeline.  Unfortunately, many online universities are not accredited and therefor their degrees are considered to be without merit.  So before you sign up, search for accredited schools via the U.S. Department of Education.  Their online database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs will help you steer clear of the wrong sort of schools.

4. Trade school.  This type of school may provide you with certification rather than a degree, but if you’re interested in a trade-related job, it may just give you the bump you need to get hired or seek advancement (without spending needless time and money on college).

5. Home tutor.  If you find that you’re stretched too thin between work and school and you’re just not cutting it when it comes to achieving the grades you’ll need to graduate, then perhaps you should think about hiring a tutor.  There are a couple of options when it comes to getting the extra help you need; you can either hire someone to come to your house (the most expensive option), go for home tuition (go to the tutor’s house – generally a bit less costly), or simply take advantage of tutoring services on campus (often free).  Just make sure you do whatever it takes to earn your degree so that your efforts aren’t in vain and you can bag the great job you’ve been working towards.

Breana Orland writes for Tuition Agency where you can find an excellent tutor for your child in a range of subjects.

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