Advanced Training After Education

For some people, finishing high school is a major accomplishment. For others, getting that university degree is the final step to self-improvement. But, the truth is, nobody is ever through learning. That is, nobody who wants to find or keep a job. Here are some tips on how to stay competitive in the workforce through extended education.

Adult Classes

Adult classes are taught by many municipal entities. These classes can be anything from how to use a PC to how to clean a house. Most of the time, the classes are either free or quite inexpensive. Perhaps you want to get a job with a company that provides the housekeeping services for a major hotel chain. Prepare yourself for the interview with some adult classes offered at the local community center or university. Even if you’re looking for a management position in your field, training in the mechanics of executing the job can give you an insight, and help you to speak from experience in the interview.

IT Training

It’s always a good idea to find out what you can about IT training in your field. Find out which software is commonly used, and which equipment and hardware are used, as well. You would be well-advised to take advantage of some of the classes at your local community center or colleges, as technology changes in the blink of an eye. Sure, you may have learned how to use certain software applications when you got your degree, but it never hurts to be aware of the newest thing on the market.

Keep in mind that people older than you may not be getting further IT training, and people younger than you probably already have it. Furthering your IT training will only help your job prospects.

Employer Sponsored Training

If your employer sponsors workshops, take advantage of them. Even if you don’t think they’ll help you, You can always learn something, and you’ll have a certificate that shows you have continued your training. That means a lot to employers, because no one wants to hire an employee who already thinks he knows everything.

Certification Requirements

Many professions already have requirements for continued education in order to maintain your certification or licensee. In some cases, the employer provides the training. In other cases, you may have to find classes on your own. Regardless of your licensee or certification, and regardless of whether or not you are currently employed, it’s a good idea to maintain your training through regular attendance of these classes. Your continued employment may require it, and your future employment may depend on it.


Quite often, you can seek an apprenticeship with a company to get your actual experience up to speed.  Radio stations, TV stations, hospitals, and many other fields have interns and apprentices who are learning the ropes of the real world. In some cases, you can get a paid apprenticeship. But, whether it is paid or not, an apprenticeship can give you an edge. Not only are you learning the field, but you’re working, which makes you more employable.


Fred Burns loves to write about education and employment. He enjoys relaxing in his spare time when he isn't working for , a company who help people seeking work in the security industry.

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