Taking on any training to further your education and making the decision to commit to it can seem colossal. It’s like going to the gym; signing up is one thing, yet actually going and taking the required action is another. You know you want to, you know you need to, however something is holding you back from jumping in and making it happen.
We’ve listed five reasons why YOU should invest in training to further your education to advance your career;
1. Employers are impressed by people who are committed to PERSONAL GROWTH
It speaks volumes about you when a potential employer can see evidence that you are invested in your learning and your career. Even if you are part way through a course, include this on your resume as it is in your favour to do; it shows you are being proactive about your education – especially if you are between jobs. Having a current or recent relevant qualification also tells the potential employer that you are an achiever, as many Students give up and never complete what they started. It also shouts “I’m coachable and open to learning new things, I’m prepared, I’m up-to-date and I’m keen and ready to hit the ground running.”
2. It builds YOUR CONFIDENCE
Longer lasting than a Red Bull that supposably gives you wings, confidence is your best asset to take into any job, so wear it well. Like with anything we achieve in life, an additional and often over-looked benefit to investing in training, is that it builds your self-confidence. If you are lacking confidence, why not invest in a course and commit to completing it? Many people often see lack of work experience as a barrier to securing a good job, however investing in industry specific training is a great way to get the experience you need with the added confidence to progress your career.
3. You may be eligible to have your training PAID FOR*
The Australian government wants to help you further your skills, with many courses subsidised or even paid for in full through various funding opportunities. Therefore, do some research on what courses are funded that align with your career goals. Even if there is no funding for your choice of training, don’t despair. What you may not realise is that you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses# should if you undertake training that helps you maintain or improve the skills and knowledge for your current job. By improving your skills, you also improve your chances of a pay rise or a promotion – so everyone wins!
4. Training and educating yourself keeps you RELEVANT
Long gone are the days of securing a job and staying in the same job until the day you retire. Chances are the company or even the industry you are in right now might not be around in the future, or changed significantly from where it is today – think of the music industry and how we purchase music from 10 years ago. Recruitment companies and employers alike, in addition to looking for people who have been loyal and trustworthy in previous roles, also look for people who can bring multiple skills and experience to the table. By continually investing in your skills and knowledge to remain current with rapidly changing technology in a rapidly changing world, taking on additional training and education is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s critical to your ongoing job security and employability.
5. Do it for YOU
Investing in any training and education ultimately is an investment in yourself – and you’re worth it! You are not one in a billion, you are one of a kind. You deserve the best chance at a promising, successful future, despite the curve balls that life is so good at throwing. Taking on any study, especially after a long break, may seem intimidating, however there are many great training organisations out there to help you get the most out of your investment who have your back. Investing in your training now is all about sowing into your future. It is the foundation to reap the rewards that career progression offers the prepared.
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*Eligibility criteria applies for govenment funding and/or incentives # This is not financial advice.