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Furthering Your Education

If you are interested in furthering your education, home learning and online courses are a great way to do so. If you already have a high school diploma and want to make yourself more marketable to employers, a college degree is a simple way to do this; or, if you already have a degree, masters, PHD, or other doctorate degree might be the best option. Depending on the industry you want to work in, the competition in that industry, and how saturated the job market is, the further you go, and the more education you have, the more appealing you are going to be to a potential employer, and the more competition you will be against other possible applicants. 

You bring more to the table -
With more education; you bring more to an employer. If you are up to date on all the latest industry trends, regulations, formulas, software that is being used in your respective industry this means less training is required by the employer. If you have the skills, and know how to do things that other applicants don't know how to do, or if you know how to use a new program that you learned about in a college course, you are going to be able to do more work for an employer. By knowing more, and having more education, you require less training to get cultivated in to the work environment.

More competition -
If you are more educated than a counterpart, that has the same exact amount of work experience as you do, you are going to be seen as a more driven and competitive applicant, which gives you an advantage in the application process. If you are on equal grounds in terms of work experience, industry experience, and other skills, but you are aware of the latest industry trends, and have more education than other applicants, employers will look at this factor when hiring.

More skill sets -
Although many people claim that what you learn in school is not the same as application, this is not always the case, especially in today's day and age when so many new technologies and programs are coming out. If you are in school, you are learning the latest programs, you learn how to use the latest tools, and you are being educated on the products and tools being used in the workplace today. So, this gives you an advantage over older employees, or other applicants who do not have the knowledge on how to use these products. Having this knowledge gives you a slight advantage over others. If you do not have the time to visit college, home learning is an alternative option to increase your skill set.

More prospective career options -
Depending on what you get your degree in, you will have more opportunities at a later date. For example, if you are getting your degree in engineering, if you choose to specialize in a specific area, you have more job opportunities, and are going to be one of only a select group of applicants that have the skill sets you have. Or, if you already have a degree, and plan on getting a masters or ph d level degree, this gives you an advantage over others. Since many positions require you have a certain degree, the higher your degree, and the more advanced, the further you can go, and the more positions open up with certain employers. 

Advancement and higher earnings -

If you are already employed, an employer might offer you the opportunity for advancement, which also (usually) equates to a higher pay rate; and, in many instances, employers will pay a portion of the costs for you to go back to school. So, considering this opportunity, and the potential of job security, a higher position within an organization, and higher pay rates, are all benefits of earning a higher level degree.

There are many advantages of higher level education, and continuing your education. From being more competitive in the workplace, to learning the latest skills in a particular industry or having more job opportunities open up for you. If you want to excel, and have a distinct advantage over other applicants, in any industry, a higher level education, and continually furthering your education is something that you should consider when entering the job market.

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