Economic Review

why continuing education

Because you want to advance your career and salary position. Or maybe you need to sharpen your skills to maintain employment

But before you start on the road, do an assessment of economic conditions. Determine which careers are hot and which are not. Maybe a path down a new career is your best option.

Below are four (4) quick summary tasks:

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Why Advance Your Education

Key reasons why you should continue your education

— better career
— more knowledge
— better opportunities
— increased fame
— personal fulfillment
— and more money.

Examples how you would use continuing education:

continuing education can be used to learn new technologies, computer coding, and software certification. Upon completion, you become certified in a technical area that advances your skills and career.

Medical Profession:
continuing education can be used by medical technicians to learn new advances in medical and technology that allow them to move upward in the medical profession career.

Education and other Licensed Professions:
continuing education can be used to meet varying State and government requirements to teach and perform human services in your area.

Advanced Degrees:
continuing education can be used to complete an advanced degree in a particular field

continuing education can be used to gain knowledge in a particular area of interest. Many of these advanced courses are taught online or through a community campus.

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Research Employment Projections

Find out what jobs are going to be hot and what's jobs will not. This will help you decide which graduate program is best for you.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
published the occupational outlook by category. Provides insight on the training need, work environment, earnings, expected job prospects and more. It's a valuable resource to help decide what career you may like. Also includes employment statistics and the fastest growing careers.

some helpful resources
occupational outlook
employment projections

Individual State Labor Statistics:
reviews the occupational projections by state and region — helps determine where you may need to locate for the best growth. You can link to individual State job and occupation trends:

state-by-state resources
state-by-state labor statistics

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Get To Know Yourself

Take some career and personal self-assessment tests to determine your aptitude and character for career opportunities. By understanding your personality type, it will help determine what career opportunity will bring you the most satisfaction.

Start with defining your personality type:
take these online character assessments to get a non-test based review of your personality type and careers that may be of interest. You can view how they can measure your personality traits for jobs and other life-events

helpful resources in self-assessment
online quiz on what career type
Myers & Briggs self assessment
Keisey Temperament assessment

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What Kind of Career

By understanding who you are and what you like, you can now explore career opportunities that will be most satisfying to you:

  • Evaluate Your Career Interests
    your first step in finding the right career is to evaluate what you would like to do and what career fits your overall aptitude

  • Understand your interests and career relationship
    you can take this online career assessments for a small fee - not recommended at this stage of your planning

  • Other Helpful Career Assessments:
    use this skills assessment to understand job types that you may best be qualified for based on your temperament assessment
helpful what kind of career
start with
view the Strong Interest Inventory®
other helpful career assessments

Helpful Tools

Some helpful tools for making decisions:

off-to-college map (pdf print file)
college cost comparison worksheet (excel file)