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What are some of the most useful tips for choosing continuing education courses?

I have been thinking a lot about adult degree programs. Most of the people I know who have received an adult education degree are quite successful and their degrees have enabled them to take jobs they were not able to take because they did not have the required skills and expertise. I believe continuing studies will not only increase my knowledge in my field but also better my chances of getting promoted. However, I am not sure which continuing education courses I should choose that would be best suited for my career.

Whitney Matthews

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Donald Ward on February 21, 2018

Choosing an adult degree program is very challenging for most people because most people do not have a lot of people to guide them through the process. You wonder if you should choose a program based on your personal interests, your passion, your career goals or one that is related to the current job you are doing.  It is a difficult and very important decision you have to make. However, there are a number of tips you can use to make the process easier and better your chances of making the right choice.

The first thing you can do to choose the best adult degree education program is to review all the brochures and promotional material provided by the institution you are planning to go to. There are a number of things you should look for in the brochures and promotional materials. These include:

  • Description of the program: Find out what the program is about and the target audience for the program. Do you fit the description of the target audience? If you do, the course might be a great fit for you.
  • Learning Outcomes:  A good continuing education course outline will also give you a clear idea of what you can do with the degree once you have completed the program. Make sure the learning outcomes are in line with your professional and career ambitions.
  • Credentials of the faculty: It is also very important to ensure that the people who will be teaching you are experts in the field. This is important because it guarantees that you will get quality education.
  • Registration fees: Are they affordable or more expensive compared to other institutions.

Once you’ve gathered as much information about the program as possible, the next thing you need to do is decide which institution will be best for you. Choose an institution that has good ratings and a great reputation for offering quality education. You should also decide whether you are going to take your classes online or in a regular classroom.  Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both to see which one would be the best choice for you.

Last but not least, ask your employer for recommendations. There is a great chance your employer knows which courses will give you an advantage in the industry. However, before you do so, make sure they are in support of their employees continuing their studies. Otherwise, you might end up ruining your job security in the company.

Tad Frazier2 years ago

I think the best way to choose adult degree programs is to limit your choices to the career you want to have. For instance, if you would like to have a career in accounting, make sure you limit your choices to accounting courses. This will be more beneficial for you because you will be learning something that fits into your career goals and plans. It is also advisable to do a course that equips you with the skills you need to do a dream job other than doing a course simply because it is popular. Also, choose a program that is worth paying for. By this I mean, a program you can’t easily do for free online. If it is a simple course that you can do online, try finding a way to do it for free so that you can save money.  Last but not least, you can talk to a career expert if you have tried everything and you are still unsure about what to pursue.


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