When you are still in full-time education, it can be hard to clarify where your qualifications and training will actually take you. Often when we are studying, all we can think about it getting to the end of the exams and passing. What comes next seems inconsequential. You may have heard that the qualifications you are working on will get you a job in a specific industry or company. However, the truth of the matter is, what you have may not be enough on its own.
Many employers hold continuing education and training in very high regard. Often, if you are highly qualified, it will get you in the door for an interview, but what gets you the job is you. Your personality and ability to converse confidently and honestly will be the deciding factor. These skills are rarely taught, but are essential for career-minded people who want to start higher up the ladder.
The trouble with a lot of education and training is that it is not job specific and does not adequately expose you to the real world. Working in an office is a world away from working in the classroom. You may also feel out of your depth taking on a job. The certification you have may not have prepared you adequately to undertake your employer’s working practices.
Continuing to train by taking on more role specific qualifications is always a good idea. There are plenty of free courses out there too. Everything from computer programming to phlebotomy training is available online for free if you search for it. Taking on a course when you are already in a job is never a bad thing either. Industry practices change, and it is always a good idea to keep up to date or refresh your knowledge.
Work experience can help you understand a little more about working for a particular employer. You will be exposed to normal working hours of the business, and get a feel for the working environment too. You are unlikely to get to do many tasks related to a particular job you may be interested in though. Often employers don’t have a lot of time to get you up to speed so instead they ask you to take on general duties.
Some employers will ask you to undertake internal and external training when they employ you. The public sector is particularly hot on this right now and expect you to complete courses regularly relevant to your position. Some external courses are legal requirements depending on the job you are in. Your employer usually pays for them and subsidizes your travel, but you will have to manage any disruption to your home routine yourself.
Continued education and training is sometimes essential and sometimes just for fun. Ensuring you are up to date is helpful for your resume and your peace of mind when it comes to taking on a new job. Careers advice should be able to help you find courses that suit you and can provide you with the skills you need in the workplace.