Candis Best: Hi, I am Candis Best, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's College in New York City and today I am going to talk to you about how to identify the signs that it's time to go back to school.
For most people the sign comes when they are past over for a promotion because they didn't have enough education. But you don't have to wait until that happens to you. I am going to recommend two scans that you can conduct right now to determine whether you might want to go back to school.
The first is called a Credential Scan. Take a look at the people in your company or industry, that hold the positions that you're interested in. What level of education do they have? If it's higher, then you may want to consider going back to school.
The second credential scan you can conduct is by looking at job posting for the positions you're interested in. What level of education do they list as prefer, not required. Required is the minimum standard. Preferred means that, that employer is interested in that level of education, but can't find enough candidates with it. So if you hold that kind of credential, it moves you to the top of the list.
The second type of scan is called a Certification Scan. Are there certifications in your industry that are considered valuable? If so, what's the education level required for that certification?
Certifications that require a certain level of education tend to be given more weight by employers than certifications that don't. Also, some certifications can actually qualify for college credit. So by going after the certification, you can actually be moving closer to a college degree.
Conducting these scans will put you on the path to a better career choice. By following these tips you'll know whether it's time for you to go back to school.