continuing education guide

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

A PROFESSIONAL’S COMPLETE

GUIDE TO SUCCESS

INTRODUCTION:

In almost every profession, no matter your choice of career, there are opportunities for growth, position dvancement, and experience. One of the most vital keys in achieving those opportunities and having the means to
take them is continuing education.The world is fast-paced and evolving rapidly, which means every job is also
evolving. To keep up with that evolution, you need to maintain your knowledge of best practices, the latest in technology, the best way to approach customers,clients or patients in the digital age, and more.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

In this guide, we will address three main topics.

  1. The facts behind continuing education and what it means for your growth as a professional
  2. How to find the right continuing education courses for your career
  3. Additional resources for your educational advancement
SO LET’S GET TO IT!

WHY IS CONTINUING EDUCATION IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SUCCESS?

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1. Education provided for adults after they have left the formal education system, consisting typically of short or part-time courses.
Due to the evolving job market, lifelong learning is quickly becoming a requirement in order to keep up in almost any career. Predictions in 2015 indicated that almost 60% of jobs would require post-secondary education by the year 2020. In fact, many workers are finding that a single four year degree is not enough to sustain them through an entire career.
To keep up with the constant presence of new and improved technology and fierce workforce competition, employees are needing to embrace lifelong learning.
Continuing education is required to meet professional standards or to satisfy relicensing requirements in over 50 professions including:
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Not only does continuing education improve your chances for success in the modern
workplace, but it also improves the overall value that you bring to your chosen profession.
A study by EvoLLution revealed that 96% of employers agreed continuing education improves employees’ job performance. The same study also found that firms rated as top workplaces provided training and continual learning opportunities for their employees in order to bring additional value to the business and retain top talent.
So how does continuing education help you to create value and stay competitive?
Continuing education courses allow you to:
  • Build specialized skills you don’t have the opportunity to practice during a regular workday
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest in technology, processes, treatments and more related to
    your profession
  • Fine-tune computer skills that could make your professional life easier such as Computer
    Operating Systems, Microsoft Office, Office Management and Productivity, Adobe Creative
    Suite and Project Management.
In addition, continuing education courses provide you with the perfect setting and opportunity
for networking. Networking is key to nourishing a burgeoning (or even a well-established)
career and continuing education courses could potentially provide you with several
valuable networking opportunities with other professionals.

HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION

“EVERYTHING WE DO IS WITH AN EYE TOWARD PROFESSIONAL GROWTH. IT’S ALL ABOUT TYING THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO INDUSTRY NEEDS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.”

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Dennis Di Lorenzo, Dean of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Whether your employer offers continuing education opportunities or not, a critical part of the
process is deciding which courses might provide you with the optimum educational benefits
for your particular career. Every job is evolving in its own way and some may require specific
certifications, licensing, and other credits for your resume.

IN ORDER TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONTINUAL LEARNING COURSE FOR YOUR CAREER, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

1. Determine your educational and professional goals and needs
2. Ask yourself, “What are the problems and issues I face at work that education can solve?”
3. Will the course improve upon my professional skills? Will I be able to use what I have learned in the workforce?
4. Is the target audience described in the course description? Do I fit that target audience?
5. Are the learning outcomes of this course clearly stated? This will help you determine if the course is an overview or an in-depth class.
6. Faculty credentials – does the instructor have the right qualifications in order for the program to be educationally meaningful?
7. Instructional methods – are they described? Do they require audience involvement/participation?
8. Credit – does the course offer a license or certificate upon completion? Will it satisfy the requirements of the particular certification you might need?
9. Registration fees – are they reasonable when compared to similar programs? Will they be covered by your employer? Don’t be afraid to broach the subject.

By identifying clear goals and objectives, researching the main purpose of the course, the faculty, the fees, and the credit you could obtain, you will be prepared to choose the continuing education courses that are exactly what your career needs

HOW THE CEU GROUP CAN HELP

“I HAVE SAVED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES BY USING THE DISCOUNT CODES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CEU GROUP.”

– Justin Barton

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Once you’ve decided on your core objectives and have committed to furthering your career and professional aptitude, you’re ready to start your first continuing education course. However, every course has a registration fee, and if you’re planning on taking several, the cost can really add up, for you or your employer.
That’s where The CEU Group comes in.
How it Works

The CEU Group works hand in hand with many of the best professional continuing education providers in the nation. They negotiate a bulk price for registrants and pass that savings onto the working and learning professional.

The CEU Group includes all licensed and certified professionals desiring to increase their marketability within their industry or specialty. In order to help a variety of professionals find discounts for their continuing education courses, The CEU Group is now offering discount codes for several courses, including but not limited to:
  • Real Estate
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Accounting
  • Speech Therapy
  • Business Professionals
  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Insurance

The CEU Group knows how valuable continuing education can be to every profession.They want to promote value added, but at a discounted price. Use The CEU Group discounts for your next continuing education course and start your journey towards career success.

CONCLUSION
“EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, BUT
THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE.”
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Lifelong learning is a gift that should be taken advantage of, regardless of career aspirations or professional choices. However, when combined with those goals and aspirations, continual learning can be the spark that ignites your professional career and provides the potential for great opportunities.

Take advantage of continuing education courses (at a discounted rate) and see how far you can go. You will be amazed at the doors that open for you.