Gain More Education to Improve Your HR Career
Roberta Chinsky Matuson | Monster Contributing Writer
Ask Yourself the Following Questions
How much time am I willing to commit? Some programs may take several years to complete. Are you willing to commit to that?
Which is more valued in the job market? Look at job postings and help-wanted ads. What type of education do the positions you are most interested in require?
Ask people who are currently working in those jobs about their education. Seek their opinions regarding the programs you are considering.
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What will it cost, and will my employer reimburse me? Some programs can be quite expensive and may not be covered by your company’s tuition-reimbursement policy, so remember to ask before enrolling.
Are you really done when you’re done? Check to see if the programs you are considering require re-certification. If they do, make sure you know what that entails.
What happens if down the road I decide to pursue a different career? Will the route you have chosen still be helpful to you? Can you apply credits earned to another program? Be careful; some programs provide you with Continuing Education Units, which usually cannot be applied to degree programs.
Once you have taken the time to answer these questions, you will be in a much better place to figure out your next move. Regardless of the route you choose, education is never wasted.
This article originally appeared on Monster.com.