The problem with continuing education is that it’s not all created equal. Certifications, badges, the way employers view it and what they’re looking for. It varies too much.
Today, more companies than ever before are offering educational opportunities. There are schools that offer courses long after you graduate, startups offering free or low cost online courses and diplomas in a never-ending variety of fields, and products or services that come with their own certification courses.
With all of the options available to us, and no clear sense of what employers value, it can be hard to navigate the waters.
But that does not mean it’s not important. In fact, it’s more important now than ever before. And it will be more important tomorrow than it is today.
A traditional college degree is no longer enough. Most of what you learn in college will have changed in some dramatic way within the first 5 years after you graduate. Therefore, continuing to learn while you pursue your career is vital. Employers have come to expect it.
But what are they looking for?
For the most part, that is left to us to figure out. Obviously any continuing education is better than none. It shows that you are committed to your field, your career, and to being the best possible candidate for any new job that exists.
There will be a time in the not too distant future where all the options out there are condensed, ranked, systematically brought into line with one another. A day when our resumes may feature badges earned in addition to our degree. But that day is not here yet.