Lessons for the learned

by 13 Oct 2009

The prospect of returning to education can be both a daunting and exciting option. The global financial crisis may have played a part in crystallising people’s attitudes to further education, as redundancies have spurred some people back to the books.

Pay cuts, salary freezes, and cutbacks have also made workplaces less appealing places, also encouraging many back to the land of education.

But is all this extra effort simply “something to be doing”, a way to finesse your CV, or is it of significant benefit to the career of an HR professional?

In our Higher Education Guide 2009, we speak to leading academics, HR professionals and MBA graduates about the latest trends in postgraduate studies for HR professionals. Does an MBA or masters make you more employable? How beneficial is an MBA to an HR professional and how does an employee decide on which course to choose?

It’s not surprising to see that the uptake in executive education has increased this year – but this newfound desire to further one’s education should not be a once off, says to Professor Roger Collins of the University of NSW( see p12 – postgraduate trends). Rather, he says, education should be an ongoing process of consistently topping up your skill set with the latest and most relevant knowledge.

According to Collins, conventional education systems are no longer adequate to accommodate the current pace of knowledge change. Because we are making such advances in knowledge management, qualifications, degrees and MBAs are becoming outdated more quickly and should be regularly topped up.

So, rather than being seen as merely a means of making yourself more commercially attractive, education can be seen as an ongoing process.

A process which can provide new, inspirational, goals, personal satisfaction and lead to interest in other areas. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that learning need never end.

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