The Demand for Continued Education in the Workforce


Going to school used to be what you did to get a good job. Now, going to school and continuing your education are part of the job for many workers. Companies across the nation are realizing the benefits of making continuing education an integral component of Human Resource management. Investing in continuing education is a cost-effective method of keeping valuable employees productive and filling critical positions within the company. Talk to your human resource manager about continuing education programs to get a better job or improve your position at work.

Modern industry depends on workers with up to date skills and abilities to cope with innovations in technology and a rapidly changing, highly competitive business climate. American industry is meeting the challenge head on through partnerships with colleges and universities to provide flexible accredited degree programs to their employees.

Employer benefits:

  • More productive employees
  • Reduced turnover
  • Increased employee morale/loyalty
  • Improved profitability
  • Enhanced recruiting for new employees

The New York Times recently reported that a growing number of companies require prospective employees have a college degree from accredited degree programs. This is true even for jobs that don’t require college level skills. The latest Census report indicates that about 30 percent of all workers graduated from accredited degree programs.

More jobs requiring a degree and fewer employees with a bachelor’s degree means that employers who invest in continuing education have an opportunity to see real benefits from developing qualified employees. They gain employees who are more comfortable with innovation and changing technology.

Programs and partnerships

Your company may work closely with a local university, junior college or technology center. Many local colleges offer flexibly scheduled continuing education programs specifically designed for employees of local industry. Your company may help to pay for some or all of the cost for job-related accredited degree programs. Some companies offer tuition assistance for employees involved in continuing education.

Some may offer a scholarship to employees and their children as a means of developing qualified employees and future employees. It is a valuable tool for recruiting trained and qualified employees who have a vested interest in working for the company’s best interests.

Employee benefits

Taking part in employer-sponsored continuing education programs greatly improves your position with your employer because it demonstrates your commitment to the company and your willingness to work hard to achieve a goal. If your company does not offer assistance, look into continuing your education on your own. Gaining a degree makes you a more valuable employee. You are more likely to be promoted and face a much lower chance of losing your job due to poor economic conditions.

Get started today

Now is an ideal time to take part in continuing education. The depressed jobs market makes having a degree even more important for finding and keeping a good job. Even if your company does not offer tuition assistance, you are eligible for government grants and financial aid assistance to pay for most accredited degree programs. Talk to a career counselor at your local college and your HR manager at work to find out how you can improve your life by continuing your education.