At first thought, undergoing advanced career training has one obvious, and maybe only, reason: to further your current career. Whether you are considering advanced real estate career training, medical career training, or advanced training for any other occupation, the likelihood is that furthering your current career is the motivation behind your move.
However, furthering your current career need not be the sole reason you may consider advanced career training. Furthermore, there may be good reasons for undertaking such training you have not even thought of. In fact, there are both positive (offensive) and negative (defensive) reasons for considering, and undertaking, advanced career training. All of these are discussed in this article.
Positive Reasons For Taking Advanced Career Training
When one thinks of advanced career training, then it is the positive reasons for such training that are mostly likely to come to mind, such as:
1. To increase opportunities of promotion by taking training courses that prepare you for the next level, such as office manager in a real estate business or extra medical training to become a surgeon.
2. To keep up to date with developments in your area of expertise, to enable you to do a better job and, for example, treat customer or patients better.
3. Specialist training in a part of your current career that will enable you to specialize in that particular aspect of your work.
4. Completing training courses successfully in your field can look good on your resume, if the training is relevant and in demand.
5. You may want to have a career change for which particular training is necessary in preparation.
Negative Reasons For Taking Advanced Career Training
One could argue that any career training is positive, and in a way that is true. Growth in knowledge and skills is always a positive development of self. However, in the context of long term career, training can have a defensive element which could be construed as a negative reason to undergo advanced training.
Here are some of the reasons advanced career training may help you defensively.
1. If you take the initiative to train in and acquire in demand or rare skills, then if there is any constriction in the employee numbers with your current employer, then you are less likely to face redundancy.
2. If ever you are made redundant, then your increased skill base, coming from your advanced training, should improve your chances of getting a job quickly.
3. The better and more up to date and in demand your skills and knowledge and training, the better equipped you are to become freelance, start your own business and take more risks in taking a leap forward in your career.
It is wise to see advanced career training as an integral part of career development and continuing education. When you reach key points in your career, you will then always be better prepared for whatever may come along. Those who do not develop themselves over the years, are the most vulnerable to long term or even permanent unemployment.