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5 reasons to continue your education and upgrade your career

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: March 14, 2022 2:00 p.m.

Get the skills you need to help your career by continuing your education.
Get the skills you need to help your career by continuing your education. Photo: Centre for Continuing Education

The pandemic has left many people with a new appreciation for the importance of work-life balance and it has also given us all the opportunity to pause and re-evaluate what we want the future of our careers to look like.

Are you ready to make a change that will set you up for the fulfilling career you crave? Continuing your education and developing new skills will give you the tools you need to make that change while surrounded by inspiring individuals looking to do the same.

Whether you’re embarking on a professional microcredential or a four-year degree program, it’s never too late to take your career advancement into your own hands.

After chatting with Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) Director Dr. Christie Schultz, and current student Ms. Leanne Matthes, we came up with five reasons why you should consider returning to the classroom.

1. You are always empowered to keep growing your knowledge and skills

Whether it’s rapidly changing industry trends, a sudden desire for a career change, or an unwelcome layoff notice due to matters outside of your control, upgrading your skills is a necessity for anyone wanting to advance their careers or start an entirely new one.

“What we’re seeing is students wanting to improve, adapt, or just keep up with what’s happening in the world and in their work,” said Schultz. “Engaging in continuing education also provides evidence to employers and peers that you’re committed to growing yourself and your career, which is highly valued by most employers.”

2. Embracing change – and making the most of it – makes a difference

The pandemic has highlighted our collective ability to quickly change and adapt to what is happening around us.

From the adaptive and responsive nature of shifting between in-person and remote working, to the sudden need to utilize new technologies and develop new ways of doing things, many have shown an incredible ability to roll with the punches to get things done.

You’ve proven that you can handle the challenges of change, so what’s stopping you from making the changes you want?

3. Learning is an inspirational goldmine

One of the biggest benefits of continuing your education mid-career is the continuous source of inspiration you get from learning alongside others who are embarking on the same journey as you.
 
Your classmates may be there to advance their careers, start an entirely new career, or to just learn something new for the sake of learning something new.
 
This creates an inspirational learning environment that can give you the push you may need to propel you through your course or program.

College Avenue Campus building
The Centre for Continuing Education is situated on the U of R’s College Avenue Campus. Photo: Centre for Continuing Education

4. Your career has made you a better learner

Returning to school mid-career has allowed third-year Bachelor of Education student Leanne Matthes to utilize her personal and professional abilities that she has developed over her career, which gives her a leg up in the classroom.

“The biggest advantages I have are my own perspectives that I’ve developed through my life and work experience as well as my ability to stop and consider the perspectives of others, which will also help me in my future classrooms” said Matthes.

“Another advantage I have is a sense of discipline that I’ve gained by working in my profession from my home office for over a decade. Returning to school has been a challenge, but it’s nothing I haven’t faced before as I’ve learned how to manage my time and expectations throughout my career.”

5. Plenty of supports are available

For both students and employers, cost and time are the two biggest obstacles to making a career pivot.

For employers looking to support employees to learn and grow, there are multiple financial supports they may be eligible for to help overcome the burden of cost including the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant and the Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy. For individuals, the Canada Training Credit also helps make learning more affordable.

The University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA) also offers a variety of supports for former U of R students, including the URAA Professional Development Award, which supports the life-long learning of U of R alumni who are completing credit and non-credit programs through the CCE.

For those working to access learning on their own time, there are flexible options available in terms of timing and location of courses that allow you to customize your learning journey to what fits you best.

Visit uregina.ca/CCE or get in touch with a member of the CCE team to get started on your new path!

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