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Does a College Degree Really Matter with Current Employment?

Most people consider a college degree to benefit them if they have just graduated high school, are changing careers, or are going for a job requiring one; but what about current employment? Surprisingly enough, there are a variety of benefits to getting a college degree even if you’re currently employed in a job you love. Below you will find some reasons why you should consider getting a college degree.

Advance at your Current Position

If you ever want to advance your career at the company you currently work for, you might be required to get a college degree. For example, most executives have master’s or even doctorate degrees. If you got hired with an associate or bachelor’s degree, you will need to get a higher level degree to get the job you eventually want. If you got hired without a college degree, such as a bank teller, but eventually want to work in finance at your bank, you may need at least a bachelor’s degree.

New Jobs in Demand

If you ever lose your job, it might be difficult to find a new one in your current field. As of late 2012, many of the new jobs in demand require college degrees. These include physician assistants, medical assistants, dental hygienists, home health aides, computer software engineers, database administrators, veterinary technicians, physical therapist aides, diagnostic medical sonographers, and forensic science technicians. If you want to get a job that is high in demand, you will need a college degree.

More Competition

There is also stiffer competition for the better jobs, even at your own company. In the past, you might have had a better chance than outside applicants for a higher position at your company, but that isn’t the case anymore. Many companies are hiring outside the company instead of internally because they’re looking for more experience and more qualifications, which includes someone with a college degree. If you don’t have the degree they’re looking for, you might get passed up even though you’re currently employed with them.

You don’t necessarily need a college degree to remain an employee or eve get an entry level position, but if you have the time and money to do so, you can find it valuable. You never know what is going to happen or when another position becomes available; prepare for it now by inquiring about getting a college degree. Ask the human resources department if they would find it beneficial for you to pursue a degree. You might even find that your company offers tuition reimbursement if you’re willing to get a degree.


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