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 didnt take me very long in life to discover the more I learn, the more I realize how much I dont 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 peoples positions. That helps me to communicate, negotiate, and build relationships more effectively.
Fifth, education pays with more tools for your toolbox. I dont 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 todays 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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