Professional development and/or employee training is a thriving industry. Training Magazine reports, “Average training expenditure for large companies increased from 12.9 million in 2015 to $14.3 million in 2016.” When you are seeking employment, you lists continuing education courses on your resume. However, you can fail to continue training after you have a job. Why? Here are five reasons why training should be considered an ongoing priority.
1. Gain Recognition From Employer
An employer will notice an employee with in-demand job skills. Completing a course at the local community college or distance learning school attests to your commitment to your future and the future of the company. Consider these other advantages.
– Shows that you are an independent thinker that takes initiative.
– Gives you knowledge about the latest technology, technique or trend.
– Reveals a proactive mindset that solves problems.
– Provides you with advanced abilities to teach others and enhance communication and presentation skills.
– Allows you to become a more visible leader who can volunteer to spearhead projects that other employees have overlooked.
2. Reap Financial Rewards
When you pay for your career development courses, you are eligible for a tax deduction. According to the Internal Revenue Service, you should use Form 1040, schedule A. The work-related expense must maintain or improve job performance. Of course, your newfound skills could also position you for a raise or promotion.
3. Optimize Career Option
Studying a new course can expose you to career opportunities you had not considered. If it is an Excel course, could you learn or maximize another application like database management? Could you apply your skills to another industry or specialization?
4.Work Your Network
The National Center for Educational Statistics reported the following:
– Adult education among individuals 16 or older increased from 40 percent in 1995 to 46 percent in 2001.
– Among those employed in the past 12 months, 70 percent or higher had professional or managerial occupations.
Professional development courses are attended by people who are just as motivated and smart as you are. Who is the instructor? Could these people give you career advice or tell you about job openings? What product or service could you offer them?
5. Earn College Credit
A lot of professional development courses provide a way of earning credit toward a college degree. The Council for Adult Education and Experiential Learning reports, “More than one in five American adults has some college credit and no degree.” That’s 26 million people. Choose courses that will have multiple, measurable results.
After you are hired, continue to set benchmarks. Consider professional development as a wise investment of your time and money.