There’s no point in denying the significance of education in your future career advancements. Although there are some notable cases when people without a degree made a great success, such as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, these are still rare exceptions. Having a solid education will open up a whole new world of opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to you. A well-educated person is always a desirable asset in any company. Here’s how education can help you have a more successful career:
Confidence is a critical aspect in achieving success. Without it, you wouldn’t have the energy and passion to chase your career goals. No person ever became successful without believing in themselves. And education helps immensely in boosting your self-confidence. Since gaining a degree is a difficult achievement, it is no wonder that people take pride in it. Mainly, if you have faced problems while getting there, it will seriously boost your self-esteem. The knowledge you obtain through education increases your chances of success, by making you feel equal and deserving of the opportunity of employment and advancement in your career.
Preparing for the challenges ahead
Education is just a small step in your success. What’s waiting for you after that is the real challenge. Proper education is the best tool to fight these obstacles. Without education, facing these problems in your career would be a much harder task. Then again, there is no success without challenges and troubles, and almost any success story can confirm that. While going to school, you are forced to deal with issues that will accompany you throughout your life. Problems like pressure or time management, organizing your day or week, coping with stress or chasing and fulfilling your goals, are all things that you’ll come across almost daily. And after your studies are over, you will feel more at ease when dealing with whatever life throws at you.
Gaining useful skills
One of the main benefits a good education has on your career is that you will obtain many valuable skills that will remain ingrained in you even long after you’ve finished school. These skills are crucial to being competitive in the workplace. If your long-term plan is to advance in your career or to have a higher paying job than these skills shouldn’t be neglected. Exceptional oral and written communication skills, agility, initiative, curiosity, entrepreneurialism, and adaptability, are all traits which will help boost your career further and separate you from the competition.
Speaking another language besides your native one has become a requisite today. English has become a global language, and it is usually expected that a candidate has at least some working knowledge of it. Knowing English, as well as some other foreign language opens many doors and opportunities. On the other hand, not knowing any foreign languages could make the process of advancing in your career almost impossible.
The process of globalization led to the fact that now many countries that have not usually paid attention to learning English make it compulsory in their schools. Countries like Japan or South Korea now have curriculums for elementary and high school students. However, this process doesn’t always go smoothly. Poorly executed school programs and significant differences between English and Asian languages pose a threat in language learning, thus making them less adaptable to the global market.
However, even though some nations are known to learn English faster, like the Dutch or the Scandinavians, these are the problems that are not unknown to any country. So, to stay competitive and to have a chance of success, it is vital to keep learning English continuously, and if possible to start from a younger age. Fortunately, institutions like Sydney College of English offer programs for young learners, making it easier for them to learn the language, absorb the cultural diversity and be competitive in the future job market.
Aiming for better employment
Even though many of us start an education process for the sake of learning new things and advancing our minds, the ulterior motive, in the end, is to have a better job and a higher salary. Gaining knowledge would ideally be the reason to receive education, but in reality, students often consider job opportunities before even applying to universities and colleges. Having a stable, high-paying job is something that no one could refuse. Now, that more and more people have higher education, it is difficult to reach this status, and employers are often unwilling to hire candidates without a degree. So, people with high school education get less paid job opportunities. Often the jobs that require a diploma, like physicians, dentists or architects, require having a diploma. However, having a degree doesn’t necessarily guarantee you stable, high-paying employment. It merely opens many doors for you, that otherwise wouldn’t have been open.
Improving critical thinking and problem solving
Critical thinking and problems solving skills are among the most useful you will get while receiving an education. During school, you will be faced with many issues and situations that will make you form your point of you, and to assess all the pros and cons that were presented. Critical thinking gives you the tools to acknowledge the good things in not so good ideas and vice versa. The most significant value of developing a critical thinking process is that you become independent. You will be fully equipped to form your own opinions on any subject presented to you and draw conclusions accordingly. You will often be forced to find a solution for the problem at hand in a limited amount of time, which will prepare you for the challenges in the workplace.
Having a degree will open many doors for you. It will make your job hunt probably a little easier. However, that doesn’t mean that once you’ve got your degree that the learning stops. Education is a process that lasts for a lifetime. At least, if you want to be successful. Building new skills, learning new concepts and dealing with various issues on a daily basis will advance your career to the point you couldn’t have even imagined!
Author: Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.