Getting 'credit' for what you do?
7/15/2013 9:16:00 AM
Ever since my first real full-time job, I've taken classes to improve my skills.
I remember the first non-school class I took was about time management. I learned some of my best skills in that course, simple tools that I still use today - list-making, prioritizing and lumping errands together geographically.
Along the way I've also been fortunate to be sent by work to some broadcast-industry seminars. I always come back re-energized and eager to try out the new ideas that I've learned.
One thing I never thought about with those seminars was getting college credit for them.
I just saw an article recently that companies like Starbucks, Walmart and McDonalds not only offer classes for employees, but a lot of colleges count the classes for credit! What a win-win - learning about the field you're already in, so you can advance your career - and getting college credit at the same time, so you can work toward a degree and increase your future opportunities.
Check with your director of Human Resources to find out it your company offers any education benefits. Some will even pay for the classes.
The future is limitless - sometimes you just have to know where to look to move forward.