Back-to-School as an Adult

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:50 PM

Back-to-school conjures up images of kids toting backpacks stuffed with brand new marble composition notebooks. But back-to-school needn't be just for the small-fry set. Savvy adults know that being a life-long learner reaps both professional dividends and personal enrichment. So this fall take time to investigate continuing education and professional development options that can add skills and expand your horizons.

Courses are often offered at local colleges and universities. Many public libraries also offer continuing education coursework, particularly in new technologies. To get you started, here are some do's and don'ts to consider:

  • Do investigate if your company will pay for classes. Often times professional development courses are reimbursable.
  • Don't limit yourself to courses solely in business or your industry. Taking a painting or music class can unlock creativity that in turn boosts your productivity and creativity at work as well.
  • Do network among colleagues you admire for ideas about helpful coursework.
  • Don't assume all coursework needs to be done in a classroom. Many vacation options offer classes and certification, including these classes run on cruises. 
  • Do tap into industry and trade associations for programming.
  • Don't call it one and done. Keep taking classes, adding skills and new experiences throughout your career and life.

Back-to-school: not for kids only.


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