Continuing education has always been an important aspect of professional career development, but the new trend of online, business-centric education has catapulted the need to further one’s education in the workplace to even greater heights. As more associations look to incorporate industry-educated employees into the workforce, these programs become vital to not only the success of an organization but also to the promotion of an employee’s career. Through online education, employees now have more information and resources available to them, ensuring opportunities to further their career through utilizing the correct online learning programs. There are two online learning avenues that are recognized by business associations that will further the career of business professionals within the workplace.
1. Accredited Online Degree and Certification Programs
Most business professionals have a degree but earning a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited college online can increase one’s chances of moving forward within an association’s ranks. Many top-level universities now provide complete MBA, finance and healthcare programs online, allowing business professionals to manage family, work and education while working to further their career with a degree.
Certification programs differ from an online degree or work training program in several ways. Business-centric training programs can be industry and association specific while MBA styled degree programs are generalized and may take years to complete. Certification programs offer detailed information that can be applied to almost any industry but can be completed in a shorter amount of time than a conventional degree program. Either of these options provides an efficient way of catapulting one’s career to the next level.
2. Organization-Centric Training Programs
Online education and certification within the workplace is a new feature of business practices throughout many associations and industries. These industry and often business-specific online classrooms showcase innovative education programs and assist in the professional development of employees.
Several industries have begun to implement online training programs, including the industries of healthcare, IT, finance and marketing. As healthcare facilities have provided online training programs, they have seen an improvement in employee retention and an increase in profits as online programs offer a second source of revenue. These programs also assist businesses in learning which employees are engaged, intend to further their career with the company and are interesting in learning the latest developments within their workplace and industry.
Education and Certification Online
Education and certification is quickly becoming an important piece of the employee puzzle to most associations. Many businesses have already created and implemented learning programs to support their employee’s professional development throughout their career and it is expected that association team members who earn a degree, participate in business training and who are properly certified will be the ones to see the most expansion over the life of their career.