Using Distance Learning to Enhance your Position in the Workplace

Today’s uncertainty about job security invites the desirability of higher education and advanced degrees. Years ago, positions in middle-management in some companies did not require even a 2-year degree. A high school diploma, a willingness to learn, and an engaging personality may have been enough to get a foot in the door. Sometimes it was a matter of who you knew in the company – the connections you had. But most often, it was your determination, perseverance, long hours of hard work, and dependability that got you promotions and saw you climbing the ladder of job success.

Now it is a totally different story. Jobs are scarce, and employers are looking for people who will be assets to their company. Resumes are discarded after a glance at the first page. The chances of getting a job with decent pay or a promotion to a higher paying position are slim without sufficient credentials. Often, even entry-level positions require specialized training. But how does one get specialized training if they’re already working at a job either full or part-time? It would seem difficult at first glance, to juggle the demands of work and college or vocational training. Still, it can be done. It is to your own benefit to look into ways to advance your career.

If you’ve managed to get a job that has potential for advancement in position and pay, it is wise to consider additional education in the form of distance learning. Factory workers are sometimes offered distance learning classes at a facility close to the workplace where they can gather at an appointed time for classes via distance learning, specifically designed to enhance the worker’s knowledge and skills. In business and industry, degrees are now needed in order to get a job, advance in the job, or even keep the job. Employers want to be sure they are investing their money wisely by paying people who are willing to do what it takes to keep up with rapidly advancing technology and workplace procedures. Doing what it takes includes getting more training.

Distance learning makes it possible to achieve greater goals, earn higher wages, and gain the respect and trust of employers and co-workers. With certifications and advanced degrees, you are a step or two ahead of the pack when it comes to evaluations and the promotions that may result. Your desire to improve yourself not only helps you, it helps your peers, managers, and the entire company. It shows that you are a go-getter, someone who is industrious, and someone who is motivated to achieve. All the while, you are still on the job and you are not needing time off for study, exams, or other events connected with your classes. Your employer does not need to find people to fill in for you because you can remain on the job throughout your distance learning experience.

If you are responsible for a family, as well, distance learning can be worked into your schedule so that no part of your life is disrupted. You will be able to plan for work, family time, study time, and recreation. As a result, your life will normally be organized and in balance. When all the parts of your life are balanced, you are a happier individual. Happier individuals make better employees. Better employees can feel more secure in their jobs.

Consider distance learning for the additional credentials that will certainly enhance your position in the workplace. In these times of job insecurity and the risk of unemployment, it may be one of the wisest things you can do for yourself, your family, and your employer.