5 Reasons to Take Continuing Education Classes

When I graduated from college, I had a list of classes I hadn’t been able to take while I was away from home. Whether the classes were full when I tried to register, or they didn’t fulfill a specific requirement, I had become intrigued by a variety of offerings I was unable to receive. Rather than sit home and curse my former institution for its lack of classroom seating availability, I hopped on the internet and looked for institutions where I could participate in continuing education.

1. You can finally take that course.

If you’re like me, and you’ve recently graduated from college, then chances are you didn’t get to take every course you hoped to. People who study the liberal arts tend to have interests in a variety of areas. I recently took two classes at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Some pros to taking these courses were that they weren’t too demanding when it came to time, but I still felt that I took away a lot of new knowledge in the areas of copyediting and writing for the web.

2. You can add the class to your resume.

Separate class listings on your special piece of paper stand out. My resume includes a section of relevant coursework. I can change this depending on the job I’m going for. But, continuing education classes can expose you to a variety of courses without having to be enrolled full time at an institution. Also, you don’t always have to worry about meeting certain requirements before taking the class. You can dabble in psychology, writing, business, history, web design, and even art. The possibilities are endless, and you can beef up your resume this way. Right now, my eye is on Gotham writers, as I hope to take a class in article writing.

3. You can find other people to network with.

For my copyediting class I traveled to Manhattan once a week to sit in on a lecture. Most of the students were girls, many of them worked in publishing houses already. Had I hoped to work in publishing, I could have very easily started a conversation about the industry. Though I took this course to help my abilities as a writer, it’s very possible that my future editor could have been sitting in that room. The class I attended in writing for the web was taken by telecommuting. Once a week I met other writers and editors from all over the country. We discussed work and interacted very well via technology. The possibilities are truly endless!

4. You can gain new, current skills.

If you’re looking to freshen up your skills, or you hope to acquire some new ones, continuing education classes can help. Depending on your area of interest, there is a variety of options for people with a college degree and those without. No one said you have to have a degree to compete in this world, though it does help.

5. You can remain busy while job searching.

One reason I decided to take continuing education courses right after graduating from college was that I wanted to keep my momentum going. I had been told how tough the job market was, and I can tell you this gig didn’t come to me overnight. Going to classes every week allowed me to remain mentally fit to keep at the search, and it showed that I kept myself busy after college. If one thing never gets old, it’s ambition.

Whatever your reason for taking a class is, I recommend you do it. Learning is rewarding, and it can only take you further on your path to success. So, get out there and find your next favorite professor, new skill, or networking partner. You deserve it!

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One Comment

  1. Mary
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    All good reasons to take a class after graduating. I also think it is a great
    way to meet people and make friends.

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