Continuing Your Education
One of the most interesting aspects of my position in Career Services is my daily interaction with alumni. The opportunity for me to hear their passions and concerns is unique indeed, and I’m happy to be able to share their insights with you. The common thread is continuing education; how their educational status positions them; and how they can use their education to improve their outlook, move ahead with their current employers, or obtain a new position.
According to biennial earnings data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “findings indicate that workers with a college degree earn significantly more than those without. Since the mid-1980s, education has played a large part in potential wages, with Bachelor's degree holders taking home an average of 66% more than those with only a high school diploma do. While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period.”
Additionally, it is important that you don’t stop at a Bachelor's degree whenever possible. Continuing your education should be a lifelong process, and every attempt should be made to explore new avenues of information and to learn something useful each and every day. I speak with countless Berkeley graduates who have gone on to obtain advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines. Law, teaching, accounting, business, and counseling are only a few of the areas where Berkeley alumni have furthered their education. What is more interesting is that so many have enhanced their skills at home, through online education and individual courses offered at local libraries or other resource centers.
Remember that education means different things to different people. Your most important goal should be centered on what this new body of information can do for you – how it can help you move ahead from your current role or give you the tools needed to look into opportunities outside of your current employer. Not only is continuing your education an opportunity for you to open your mind and experience something new and refreshing, but it shows potential employers that you are adaptable and open-minded. Be sure to include any additional coursework or certificates you have obtained on your resume and on your LinkedIn profile. The more flexible and willing to learn that you appear, the better your chances of an employer noticing this and seeing you as an adaptable and open-minded professional.
Feel free to reach out to me at any time so we can discuss your resume and how your education can be used to your advantage!
Assistant Vice President Career Services and Alumni Relations
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats