Have you thought about taking an evening class, and then changed your mind? You may want to reconsider your choice.
Evening classes are beneficial in helping you acquire more knowledge or skills, without being disruptive to your current profession.
If you’re finding it a little difficult to juggle your workload with the class-load, then you can always try a service like EssayShark to help make things easier.
Here are 5 ways in which evening classes can benefit you and boost your career.
Not only individuals who have careers in programming, software and web development, are in constant need of brush-ups on their knowledge. Today, anybody working in any kind of office environment would benefit from signing up for an up-to-date digital course.
We live in an age where new developments in technology are being made every day. If you don’t keep up with the current trends, you might fall behind quickly, and lose out on valuable business.
The same goes for those in the marketing and media industries. With the current trend of blogging and online magazines and newspapers, print media is not as popular as it was a decade ago. Today, digital marketing (social media, PPC, CRM, copywriting and SEO) is the most sought-after marketing skills.
Keeping up with current technological trends has never been more essential.
Taking a short course (or two) in a subject that compliments your current career is a sure way to get ahead in the game.
And it is a game. Everyone is racing to the finish line, trying to be the one who gets chosen for that great job or the amazing promotion. Having multiple skills and specializing in more than one discipline gives you more chances to show yourself more valuable and achieve your goals.
As with staying up-to-date on current trends, you need to keep your mind engaged. Doing the same thing every day gets tiresome, and you will lose your edge.
Our minds need new challenges, and evening classes are a great way to break the monotony without switching jobs (or worse, careers) because of boredom.
This may not seem like an important point, but every marketer will tell you: networking is important in this day and age.
First, it was essential to have a high school certificate; then, it was vital to have a degree.
But what about today?
The degree barely gets your foot in the door; it’s what you can do for that potential employer, and whom you may know in the industry, that have now become essential.
Attending evening classes is a potential way to meet peers in your career or field of expertise, who may end up playing a vital role in the future of your career.
All the above points lead to this one conclusion: you will be more marketable and valuable in your field of expertise.
Being up-to-date on current trends in your field, having skills and knowledge that compliments or broaden your expertise, having a critical-thinking mindset, and having connections in all the right places – these points show both employers, and clients, that you are an asset that they cannot lose.
When choosing an evening class, be sure to choose a subject that you want to learn. Choosing something that you have no interest in will only be wasting your time and your money.
Thenakfully, there are lots of free courses online. Try Coursera or search for MIT Public Lectures online, TED Lectures on career choices are also a very good resource when it comes to finding the right topics to focus on.
Don’t be afraid to choose a class that is completely unrelated to your career. You could have a degree in accounting and decide that you want to do a photography class. If it is something that interests you, then go for it.
An accountant who dabbles in photography is sure to draw a little curiosity, at the very least.
Kayla studied Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Management Marketing at Boston Business College in Cape Town. She is currently on a very exciting journey of becoming a travel writer through enhancing her skills by writing about safaris, adventure and travel tips.