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4 Reasons to Further Your Studies

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Many students breathe a sigh of relief when they hand in their last paper, close their textbooks for good and head out into the career field. They can finally say goodbye to dedicated study days and final exam nerves.

While it can be free to graduate and never have to think about another lecture, you don’t have to permanently say no to further education. In fact, there may be value in pursuing study in the future for some of the following reasons.

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More career opportunities

Your initial degree or certificate in your chosen field can open many doors of opportunity, especially when you are qualified in your area, and can be of immediate use to employers and clients. However, if you were to undertake further training, such as trauma therapy training if you were a qualified therapist, you may discover additional job opportunities that would not have existed without that extra training. If you’ve ever felt stagnant in your current role, considering further education in your field may be the answer to ensuring you experience fulfillment in your career.

Better pay

Increased pay usually comes with more experience, so once you’ve graduated with a qualification, you can typically expect to earn more money as the years go by. However, you can speed up the process of increasing your pay package by upgrading your skills in your field.

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The more experience and qualifications you have, the more in demand your skill set can be, which can sometimes mean employers are willing to pay you more. If you are self-employed, your additional skills or qualifications may also mean you can charge a higher hourly rate.

More networking opportunities

Post-secondary school environments typically offer an abundance of networking and communication opportunities. You can connect with your peers, form friendships and rely on them to further your career prospects at a later date.

However, these connections can sometimes fade over time, and you need to ensure that you nurture the relationships you’ve built over the years to keep reaping the same rewards. Further study sometimes allows you to take advantage of new networking opportunities that take your career even further. The more educational institutions you explore, the more potential relationships you may form.

Increased professional confidence

Almost all industries change rapidly, with advances in techniques and technology that can sometimes make your previous qualifications less relevant than they were before. You can always benefit from the fundamentals of any program of study, but you may gain more confidence in your abilities and relevance in your field by keeping up with the latest advances.

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For example, best practices in counseling are constantly changing, and enrolling in courses focused on the latest developments can ensure that you have complete confidence in the methods and techniques you use with your patients and clients. Staying on top of best practices can also help you stand out as an authority in your field, which may not be the case if you fail to upgrade skills.

As challenging as further study can be when you’ve vowed never to set foot in a classroom again, it can be worth it for many reasons. In addition to increased professional confidence, you may enjoy more networking opportunities, increased pay, and even better career prospects. Now may be the right time to explore your progression options.

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