In my 2/16/12 post, I shared the powerful correlation between higher education and the employment statistics.  Today, I list some specific personal and professional benefits that accrue via your education.

First, education pays with enhanced employability (2/16/12 post).  The more education you have, the less likely you are to become or remain unemployed.

Second, education pays with enhanced reputation.  Granted, formal education never tells the whole story, but people tend to ascribe a measure of credibility to you based on your level of education.  This can often directly or indirectly be a door opener.

Third, education pays with enhanced critical thinking skills.  By virtue of completing a formal, accredited degree program you have demonstrated enhanced critical thinking skills.  As we know, each discipline or field of study has its unique paradigms, philosophies, and intellectual structures.  You have successfully engaged these paradigms, philosophies, and intellectual structures.  Your critical thinking skills have definitely been enhanced.  That enhancement carries over to your cerebral activities every day, both personally and professionally.

Fourth, education pays with broader, diverse perspectives.  It didn’t take me very long in life to discover the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.  As my island of knowledge enlarges, so too does the shoreline of my ignorance.  That revelation enables me to appreciate and embrace broader, diverse perspectives.  I can understand the bigger picture of matters more effectively.  I can appreciate other people’s positions.  That helps me to communicate, negotiate, and build relationships more effectively.

Fifth, education pays with more tools for your toolbox.  I don’t want to be the person with just a hammer who sees everything as a nail.  Regardless of your field, new tools for your toolbox are always helpful.  New techniques, novel approaches, state-of-the-art technologies, the latest research findings, and cutting-edge resources give you so much more to apply to today’s challenges.  Sometimes, just having multiple options becomes the key to your success.

How does higher education pay?  Let me count the ways!

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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