About our Blog Author: Robin Seaton has been in higher education for 20 years, with 10 years in senior executive leadership. In these positions, Robin has successfully lead the complete restructuring of a private marketing firm, producing substantially increased productivity, including increases in enrollments, the quality of student applicants and the overall quality of educational offerings.  Robin also believes that adult students are much more likely than their traditional counterparts to do well in their continuing education classes. It is for this reason that many employers offer tuition reimbursement for continuing education. Adult students today have clearer goals, families and experts like Robin to motivate them to do well in their classes! Currently Robin is Director of Corporate Development at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, adults complete continuing education for a number of reasons. The most prominent reason is for personal accomplishment and career development. Over 80% of adults believe continuing education courses will increase their salaries by moving up the ladder in the workplace. The majority of adult students that I work with say their primary reason for continuing their education is to make themselves more marketable.

A large benefit for working adults completing their education is that they feel a positive impact on their lives, leading to increased job satisfaction.

To determine the best path for you, you need to first determine in what area you want to continue your education and what’s inspiring you to return. Successfully completing continuing education courses will absolutely have a positive impact on your self-esteem and quality of life.

Here are some questions to consider before embarking on your continuing education path.

Would continuing your education be necessary for your career advancement?

What is the largest obstacle in continuing your education?

Rank the following educational features in order of importance starting with 1 as the most important feature.
___    Reasonable costs
___    Quality curriculum
___    Faculty with “real world” experience
___    Length of program
___    Class size
___    Format or structure of classes
___    Location of classes
___     Other ________________________

If you were to continue your education, what would be your primary motivation?

  • Career advancement
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Increased performance in current job
  • Learn new skills
  • Sharpen skills for job
  • Meet new people
  • Role Model for children

What classes are you most interested in?

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Health Care Management
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Executive Management
  • Other__________________

A wise old man (or woman) once said that it’s never too late to go back to school. Do you agree with this age-old adage? I encourage you to share this information with your employees and your peers.  To learn more about whether continuing is right for you, feel free to contact me.  (Robin Seaton, Director of Corporate Development, robin.seaton@apollogrp.edu or call (800) 886-5327.)