7 Reasons Every Employee Should Consider Classroom Courses

James Marshall
May 2, 2018

Learning is a continuous process that never ends. Unfortunately, many people never bother to take time to learn new skills or improve existing ones once they have acquired jobs. When you do that, you may end up limiting your growth in the workplace. If time is your major constraint, you can invest in short courses that take a few days or even hours.

Investing in learning has a number of benefits. Some of them include:

Improved Performance

One of the benefits of taking a course while you are employed is that it improves your performance. You will gain more skills and knowledge to help you serve your company better. Classroom courses can be found on findcourses.co.uk and similar websites. Classroom courses are both free and paid for. Take advantage of all free courses that are in line with your career or goals.

Being a good performer has three key benefits. One, you give the employer value for the salary that they pay you every month. Two, you boost your chances of getting a promotion or salary raise. Three, you get a sense of fulfilment knowing that you gave your best in the role that you were given by your employer.

Stay up to Date with Industry Changes

Changes happen every day and thus if you don’t take time to train for the change, your services may soon be outdated. For instance, if you are a marketing expert, you need to keep up with the consumer trends and new marketing tools or else your marketing efforts will yield minimal returns. Keeping up with the industry changes is essential for anyone whose aim is to remain in their career for the long term.

Prepare for a Promotion

Some extra courses can help in preparing you for a promotion. This can happen in two ways. One, as mentioned above, additional skills and knowledge boost your performance. When the management is evaluating candidates for promotions, they always go for top performers. Two, the extra courses add value to your CV. When called upon to apply for a managerial position, you may have a better chance of getting the job if you take a managerial course. Additionally, when you apply for jobs in other companies, you will have more certificates to show to your potential employers.  

Job Change

Feeling like you would do well in a different department? Consider taking some courses to equip you with the skills you need to work in that department. It is very common to want to work in a different department, especially if the course you did in college was not your passion. Fortunately, you can take different courses as you work and apply for a position in your desired department later on. However, even though your current job feels like it is not the best place to be, always strive to give it your best as you wait for another opportunity to come up.

Prepare for Self Employment

Some employees end up opening their own businesses later on. Both employment and self-employment have their own advantages. With employment, you get a steady income, employee benefits, and the employer handles your taxes. For self-employment, on the other hand, you get more freedom, ability to define your salary, and the opportunity to offer employment to others. Taking some extra classes can equip you with the knowledge you need to start your own business and become an employer someday.

Fill Gaps in Knowledge

This is basically learning something that you do not know and is essential for your job. Employers do offer training to help equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need for the job, but at times this may not be enough to get you through. You may need to pay for more training from external agencies, especially when you are working a job that is not related to what you studied in college.

Overcome a Weakness

Short courses can help in overcoming a weakness that is affecting your job performance. For instance, if you are poor in time management, consider investing in a time management course. It is better to invest in a class than to risk losing your job. Listen to your employer’s evaluation of your performance keenly and identify areas you need to improve. However, taking a course will not automatically make you a better performer. You have to be committed to putting the knowledge and skills you learn into practice.

By taking some courses as you work, you will boost your performance, prepare for a promotion or different position and get equipped for the future. However, taking a course as you work and care for your family is not always an easy task. Finances too can be an issue when you have everyday living expenses. Even so, it is possible if you plan well. Consider the following tips

-          Save for your courses: As you put aside money for investments, consider making a provision for your education too. You can set a specific amount or percentage of your salary each month and use that to pay for courses.

-          Have a plan: Without a plan, it can be difficult to accomplish anything. Thus, consider making a plan at the beginning of the year, outlining how many courses you intend to take as well as the subjects. That way you will be more focused.

-          Talk to your employer: If you intend to take a course whose dates fall on your working days, talk to your employer to arrange for your days off. Most bosses will be willing to negotiate, especially when it is a course that will improve your performance in the workplace. Don’t take it personally when your boss says no. At times, the boss may be working on a really tight schedule and letting you go may affect their deadlines. Thus, if you are unable to take the course at the moment, be patient and try another time.

-          Take courses that are in line with your career goals: Evaluate where you want to go and take courses that are in line with that. Don’t take courses that are not adding value to your performance at work or preparing you for the future.

-          Don’t overdo it: While you are eager to learn, don’t invest too much time in learning. Be reasonable on the number of courses that you take each year. Taking too many courses at once will make it hard to put the knowledge that you have learned into practice. It may also drain your finances and thus take time to plan and be reasonable.

-          Inquire about in-house training at your workplace: Check with your employer about the training opportunities that you have as an employee to ensure that you don’t pay for an outside course that will be provided by the company. Also, you can give the management suggestions for some courses that you have come across. If the course is good, they may consider having it as part of the employee training program.

While taking some classroom courses as you work can be tough, it is a sacrifice that will pay off in the short and long term. You will get more knowledge and skills as well as certificates to use on your job application.

 

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