Importance of Education

By Waller Jamison

Discover the Importance of Education for You and Your Family

It's impossible to underestimate the importance of education when it comes to choosing a career. But that doesn't necessarily mean formal eduction or academic education. In fact, many of the most successful careers have been launched by college drop-outs or people who left school at sixteen or younger.

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 So, although the amount of attention given to college or university education gives the impression that higher education is the best or only choice, that is not necessarily the case. You have to do what is right for you, not what someone else thinks you should do.

So whether you are just starting out and planning your first career or changing career in midlife because of redundancy, the need for an extra family income or because you want to do something new and interesting, remember that ultimately you are the one who should make the decisions.

Importance of Education in General

In the past, it was important to be able to read and write if you wanted a job, and most employers expected good standards of spelling and grammar. These days, many students leave college with poor grammar and spelling and so you will give yourself a head start if you brush up on those skills.

 

Technology plays such a big part in our lives that it crops up in just about every job imaginable. So it is important that you are computer literate and have sound knowledge of the programs which will be used in your field.

Often these can be learned on the job, particularly if they are specialized programs. But make sure you are very good at the basics – surfing the internet, finding information, using email and word processing at the very least.

There are many other skills which can be learned and which will stand you in good stead in many different careers. Knowledge of first aid is an example of a skill which is needed in every job and although many employers will fund this type of course, it will help your employability if you have these skills already. This is especially important in the current economy, where employers are having to make cuts and are offering short term contracts. They do not want to invest in training staff who may only be with them for a short time.

So dig out any certificates for work related skills that you already have and check that they are up to date. If not, do a refresher course. Also look out for short course which will help you in the job market. If you are currently unemployed, these may be free or at reduced cost.

Remember that it is always worthwhile to invest in yourself and your education and that doesn't always have to cost a fortune.

Tuition and Trading

It is possible to learn some skills really quickly either by paying someone who is already an expert or by trading. If you are going back to work or changing careers as an adult, you could trade with a student who is proficient in computer skills.

You could offer use of your washing machine or a cooked meal for each lesson. Be creative – young people studying away from home often enjoy a bit of help with domestic stuff. So put up notices in your local university or college.

Private tuition is another option, especially if you only need a few lessons or have to learn a skill in a hurry. Check your local community noticeboards and look online.

If you need to brush up on a language, either find a native speaker locally and offer English conversation in return or look on Skype, where many teachers offer lessons for reasonable rates.

The Importance of Education for You

What is most important is the way in which you make decisions about your own education, whether you choose to go to university, take a vocational training course, sign up for an apprenticeship or learn on the job.

The first step is to decide which career or job you want and then you will need to figure out the steps you need to take to get there. Traditional education pathways are becoming less accessible as tuition fees increase and so it is worthwhile looking at some of the alternatives available to you.

These days it is easy to do background research, but you do need to be thorough. You need to find reputable websites which will explain the industry standards for training and employment. So start your search by looking for official sites, run by colleges or the government, which give you the career information you need.

Career fairs and open days in large companies, universities and colleges are another great way to get up to date information. You should do your online research first and then work out the questions you want answers to.

Importance of Education for Professional Careers

Of course, many careers do require a degree and so you will have to study for several years,but depending on the course you have in mind, you may be able to study at home via the internet or part time at college, allowing you to work part time to support yourself and contribute to the cost of your education.

If you are thinking of following a non traditional path, such as an online course, you will need to ensure that the college is recognized. You don't want to spend time and money getting a qualification only to find employers don't accept it.

So you should always work backwards from your end goal and map out the steps, checking with colleges or employers each step of the way to make sure you are on track. You can do this by contracting the professional body for your chosen career or the HR department of the companies you would like to work for.

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