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Understanding the Benefits of Returning to School In the modern economic world the old adage, “knowledge is power� has never been truer. Established professionals with real world experience get passed over come promotion time for the hot shot kid with a degree. This is because that hot shot kid knows his stuff. Employers are looking for individuals who have the knowledge and skills that will make them successful and productive employees to that industry.

What Gets You to the Job Take the business industry, for example. Business management and accounting degrees are not all pomp and flare or bells and whistles, they are certifications of skills and knowledge that an individual has acquired through an accredited university that signifies their abilities to not only perform a task but to understand the reasons for that task. The knowledge acquired in collegiate level institutions, therefore, signifies to employers that an individual can be more than an assignment completion robot, but is instead a productive, proactive, and competent employee who will have goals in mind and tasks in place to help them accomplish those goals. That is what employers want from their employees; business management and accounting skills, not simply business management and accounting experience. So while experience may eventually lead to skills, and certainly is an attribute that employers are looking for, there are few prospective employers who will want to fully train their employees when there are individuals who come into the interview competent in the abilities prerequisite to successfully fulfill the job position.

School Build Skills A person who lacks the necessary skills, or at the least proof that they possess viable skills, can receive the education that will promote their careers by returning to school and receiving a degree in the field of their choice. Business management and accounting were use previously as the example; however, with more and more industries relying on the use of computer technologies, perhaps the skills that a person lacks will be in the technological aspects of their company or employer. Whatever the road block to a personal career goal may be, the answer will almost always be additional training and education.


This need for advanced education has been noticed and fulfilled by a multitude of private collegiate level institutions that are accredited and fully adapted in the art of instruction.

A Way to Get Back Most of these privatized educational institutions have come into existence because they have seen the market for mature individuals returning to school to receive additional training and education in their chosen profession. This means that they have tailored their educational instructions for use by those individuals who have all the demanding responsibilities of an adult, such as work, payment of bills, and providing for a family. This is not to say that these private colleges have easy curriculum, however, simply that they tailor to the needs of the more mature student by offering online classes and night classes. In fact, because of the competition within their market for returning students, most of these institutions require a great deal from their students to maintain their reputation as quality educators. Returning to school to promote one’s marketability in the job force can be extremely rewarding for the individual, both intellectually and financially.

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Understanding the Benefits of Returning to School