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It's impossible to stress too much the value of continuing education for workers in their current jobs. When you further your education in a competitive job market, you make yourself more attractive to your team leader, manager or the business owner when they start reviewing who to pick for upcoming projects and promotions. You also make yourself more appealing to other employers who might offer you a higher salary or better benefits. It's not difficult to further your education either. You merely need to perform one or more of the following steps:

Utilize Resources

Most companies offer training opportunities that can help employees make more money. Your employer might offer on-site trainers and in-person or online classes. You might even find out that they provide online skill lists and modules that cover the exact educational requirements needed to advance. Many employers value and promote workers who pursue self-education. As a result, use internet browser keyword searches related to your job and goals to find free resources online, such as free online office and college classes. Also, take at least an hour out of each day to read news and industry articles and blog posts or listen to podcasts related to your field to enhance your knowledge, learn of new certification requirements and simply understand your job better.

Request New Experiences

Your employer can't help you increase your earning potential if they don't know your aspirations. Talk to your direct manager, supervisor, a human resources representative, corporate trainer or the business owner about your goals. Ask them to allow you to perform work that you don't normally handle. For example, if you hope to eventually become a member of management, ask them to allow you to shadow one of them or learn how to perform basic related tasks. Additionally, always make recommendations for improving the company or processes. For example, you might think that you can improve a production process with a few changes, but lack the training to make the plan viable. If the business owner likes your initial ideas, they might allow you to work with people from other departments who can share their knowledge and/or provide hands-on training.

Switch Companies

Some business owners don't provide enough work-related continuing education opportunities to their employees. Sometimes workers outgrow their positions and their employers fail to offer chances for growth into better-paying new positions. When this happens, you might need to look for a new opportunity with the same job elsewhere to further your education and improve your pay potential. For example, if you're the owner/operator of a commercial truck, check out Owner Operator Truck Driving Opportunities through a different company. Another company might offer extensive training as a perk of the job or provide new hands-on experiences while you work.

Go to School

If you can't further your education without formal academic or corporate training, your only option is to invest in a certification or degree program at a business, trade, two-year or four-year institution. Many employers offer incentives for employees to pursue trade or college classes. Some of them even offer matching funds for tuition. Talk with your employer about these options. Depending on your educational goals, you might be able to complete most or all of a program via online, remote classes and flexible schedules so that you don't have to commute or alter your current work schedule. Another option: Consider paying an expert in your current job field to provide informal classes or job-shadowing experiences.

At the end of the day, you are the only person who can increase your earning potential, which means that you must actively pursue your goals. It's critical that you never over-promise and under-deliver when following these steps. Also, take your time when chasing your dream. If your employer pushes for you to rush, emphasize that it benefits them more if they allow you to learn at your own pace.
Posted By: Dixie Somers
Thursday, February 13th 2020 at 10:30AM
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