Continuing Education and Credentialing – Career Benefits


Deciding on pursuing continuing education or credentialing is an important decision to consider. While working, the decision to pursue continuing education is usually about the time commitment.  Many times the employer will pay or contribute to the cost. During a job search, time is not an issue, but money is, and one needs to consider the return on investment.

For 12 years, I worked at a company that offered tuition reimbursement, and for 12 years, I did not take advantage of this wonderful benefit, as I could have had my MBA paid for by my employer. It was only after being laid off, that I realized the benefit of a master’s degree to my job search. I also realized now, that if I had pursued my MBA and additional credentialing in my field, I would have been a more valuable asset to my company.

For the past three years, I have been transitioning from the insurance industry to career services. While I believe that I have a natural talent for coaching, I realized that I needed credentialing.  I enrolled in career coaching and development courses, and after three years, I am not only an MBA, but I am also a GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator), a CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) and a JCDC (Job and Career Development Coach). As a result of earning these credentials, I have been receiving increased requests for my career coaching.

Hind sight is twenty/twenty. We cannot predict what will happen in the future; however, we can prepare and improve ourselves for our chosen career paths. Continuing education and credentialing can be essential in today’s workforce.  In deciding, one must consider the ROI (Return on Investment).  Will the additional cost of the training/education/credentialing pay off with increased interviews, higher salary offers and a clearer career path.


About Rachelle Lappinen

​Rachelle Lappinen is a Career and Academic Consultant and a Green Energy Ambassador. Currently, Rachelle serves as an education advocate for MassEdco working with high school students on college and career navigation. Rachelle also consults working with MIT on a research program, researching the effects of long-term unemployment on the middle class and developing best practices to help this population. Rachelle has worked at Mount Wachusett Community College, the YWCA and Becker College as a Career Development Counselor. Before becoming entering the field of workforce development, Rachelle spent over 10 years working as an insurance underwriter. Throughout her coaching and volunteer experiences, Rachelle has been noted for her determination and persistence to help those in need of career guidance. As a volunteer, Rachelle is actively involved with the non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg and the Center for Women and Enterprises. Prior to entering the coaching world, Rachelle was a senior group insurance underwriter for Unum, and sales representative for Prudential Financial. She actively involved with the Career Counselors Consortium and is a member of the Career Resource Rachelle M. Lappinen, MBA, GCDF, CPRW
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