Control of Your Career
By Pat Criscito, CPRW
for The Boston Globe
you know that the half-life of a college degree is three to
five years today? William Hine, Ed.D., says, "If you're
not retooling or gaining new knowledge, your education is
almost obsolete, especially in the sciences, health, and technology.
Those who aren't committed to lifelong learning are unlikely
to move ahead in their careers."
Companies are demanding "knowledge workers" who
can produce new designs and concepts instead of simply following
standard operating procedures and producing familiar products.
This demands the most up-to-date skills obtained through further
education and training. Continuing education is often the
key to staying current in a rapidly changing job market. By
developing a love for lifelong learning, you can boost your
earning power and make your skills more marketable, giving
you a competitive edge in today's cutthroat corporate world.
Thanks to technology and innovative college programs, you
don't have to sit in a traditional classroom during valuable
work hours to continue learning today.
Your options include:
• Distance Learning--where
the colleges come to you instead of the other way around.
• Corporate Universities--$50
billion is spent by employers every year on training programs.
Many companies have teamed with colleges and universities
to form consortia to offer classes, degrees, and certificate
• Nontraditional Education--night
classes and adult-centered colleges like the University of
Phoenix, Regents Colleges, and Regis University.
Research has shown that 65 percent of all colleges and universities
in the United States were offering their courses over the
Internet in 1998, and the number will exceed 80 percent by
the year 2001.
With this convenience, there is no longer an excuse for not
embracing a philosophy of lifelong learning to better meet
the needs of a dynamic global workplace.