Learning more to move ahead in your job

There are a number of things to consider before balancing your career with classes.

Sometimes the secret to getting ahead at the office is getting out of the office. Hitting the books can help you become an expert in your field, expedite that promotion or open the door to new endeavors. For those with the itch to learn we’ve got some pointers to start you out right.

Consider the up-front money
“Always remember that continued education is an investment,” explains Steve Herzog, assistant dean at The American College in Bryn Mawr. “Carefully consider the amount of money you’ll spend and the likelihood you can reap the financial rewards in a reasonable amount of time.”

But before running the numbers, check in with the boss. If your company is able to provide tuition reimbursement, nothing’s stopping you from moving forward.

Make sure the program is accredited
For many employers, an accredited school can make all the difference. “Some employers simply don’t recognize degrees from non-accredited schools, and credits from non-accredited courses are often non-transferable to other institutions,” says Cheri Varnadoe, director of corporate relations at MBA@UNC, an online program from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Know your style
If you’re employed full-time, online courses may help with time management. “Online options can keep you be productive at work while also giving you the education you need,” says Dr. Sally Mounts, president of Auctus Consulting Group. That said, it’s important to consider how you learn. Steve Herzog recommends asking yourself:?“Do you do well in classroom settings, or does reading and listening to pre-recorded lectures best suit you?”


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