The Importance of Continued Education for Professional Growth

The Importance of Continued Education for Professional Growth

educationAfter graduating college with a bachelor’s degree, I thought to myself that I was finished with school. Never did I think I would be back in a classroom continuing my education, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Sometimes as professionals we tend to get complacent in what we are doing and comfortable in our daily roles. This blog is to advise you to do the opposite. The best way for you to grow as a professional is to learn new skills and improve upon the skills you have nurtured thus far in your career. Working at The DAVIS Companies has given me the experience and opportunity to further my career through continued education. I’d like to share a personal example of this below…

One amazing thing about The DAVIS Companies is that they want their employees to be the best at what they do and they help to achieve this by offering employees the ability to take training classes and other ongoing education programs. When the opportunity presented itself for me to transition from a Branch Administrator to Human Resources Rep, I thought, is this really something that I can see myself pursuing long term? Over the course of my career I’ve learned enough about Human Resources to get by, but certainly not enough to think I could get a job in HR if I applied for it. I thought about it while continuing to do my existing job as I normally would. Finally, I decided to take the plunge and go for it!

After researching schools for continued education, I came across Kennesaw State University. They offer a course in Human Resources and I registered. I started the class in January and will be walking out with much more thorough knowledge in HR than I walked in with. Oh, and a certificate! Taking this class has made me realize that HR is something that I can see myself doing for the long term, and to make that happen I’ve decided to take my PHR exam –Professional Human Resources Certification- this fall.

So don’t get complacent in your job. Talk to your employer about opportunities to grow your skill set and further your career through continued education!