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3: Analyze Your Habits

Seek Training and Professional Development

Think about how you feel about engaging in education, training or professional development for your career. Then click one of the options below to reveal what a national survey found.

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Furthering my education, training or professional development __________________ to my career.

  •  is absolutely essential
  •  could probably be helpful
  •  isn't really necessary

A 2016 Pew Research Center survey, “The State of American Jobs,” found that 87 percent of workers believe training and developing new skills will be essential for them to stay relevant in the workforce.

So far, this course has focused on using your career to meet your financial and personal needs. But now let’s turn to the usual first step when changing careers — education and training. Keeping your skills sharp and building your competencies will increase your prospects.

The career you choose will greatly influence your ability to reach your financial goals. In addition, though you may not need an advanced degree for, this chart (based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) clearly shows that employees with more education not only experience lower unemployment, but also earn a higher median weekly wage. (Note these figures do not represent additional, specialized training that can also influence pay.)

Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment 2016

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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