You’ve been out in the working world for some years, and yet maybe you feel like something is holding back your professional profile.
Perhaps you are looking to change into a different career field. Or maybe you’re looking to catapult into higher positions with your current company, but you’re lacking some of the technical qualifications to make you competitive for the job.
For any of these cases, pursuing continuing or higher education is an excellent way to boost your career opportunities and provide you with the skills needed for the next step up.
Is it the right time to go back to school?
While it might seem the world is in recession, and therefore a scary time to go back to school, it’s actually an optimal time to expand your skill set.
Many businesses have paused their hiring processes, and ever-changing government regulations are forcing schools around the globe to become more flexible and competitive in their educational offerings.
Many programmes advise against going straight from an undergraduate degree into advanced educational programmes, without first gaining some experience in the field you’re looking to study. EDHEC generally recommends at least two to three years of job experience before enrolling in one of our advanced programmes of study.
How can you decide if it’s the right time in your career path to go back to school? If you’re feeling stagnant in your current position, or you notice that those above you all have additional training, now might be the right moment for you to level up your qualifications.
Having a strong foundation of experience in one area but looking to expand into another is an excellent reason to return to school. The qualifications and experiences required to apply for a degree or non-degree program vary widely depending on the course of study, and it’s important when choosing an education track to determine what fits your current needs, lifestyle and budget.
Some postgraduate programmes are designed with the working professional in mind, while others require significant investments of both time and money to complete.