How Higher Education can Unlock Career Opportunities for your Future

It nearly goes without saying anymore that you need a post-secondary degree in order to get into a career with possibilities for advancement. People will often say "you need that piece of paper!" But often they do not explain how or why this "piece of paper" is really going to make a difference in your future career opportunities. Here are four specific reasons how higher education will matter for your future.

Coursework

Taking classes is the most obvious way that most people think about how college can help your career path. The academic portion of higher education is certainly the one that will take up most of your time and energy, as it should. The classroom is where you will learn a variety of theories, skills, and resources. Especially at a liberal arts college, you will have the chance to earn a well-rounded education and also specialize in your area of interest. Distance education is also an option for coursework so that you can maximize your time. For example, an online master's degree in higher education is a popular choice so that students can also devote their time to a job or fellowship during normal class times.

Student Organizational Involvement

Outside of the classroom, there are many lessons to be learned as well. Getting involved on campus is integral to rounding out your higher education experience. Joining a club, getting involved with student government, or working as part of residential staff are all great ways to make yourself part of the higher education community. It also gives you a great opportunity to add to your resume especially if you have not had a lot of job experience yet. Being involved in student organizations as well as holding leadership positions are both great lines for a resume!

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Networking

Networking is often thought of as a structured and planned event, but potential networking happens organically at so many levels in higher education. Your professors will be the ones that write you letters of recommendation for things like scholarships, internships, and jobs both on campus and after graduation. Any club advisors can do the same, as well as any more senior classmates of yours. Many successful people in business and politics continue to work with and alongside their classmates from college. So, in higher education, everyone around you is a potential networking benefit for the future.

Internships

Lastly, internships can and do put students on the fast track to a guaranteed job after graduation. And being attached to an institution of higher education is one of the only ways to obtain a prestigious internship. Students benefit immensely from the connections and relationships that colleges and universities have built over time. You simply cannot underestimate the value of a great connection and internships are one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.

Generally, people are right when they say you simply must have a degree in higher education, and now you know why! 

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Article submitted by Lizzy Weakley, a freelance writer based in Colombo, OH.

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