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.