Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

3 Ways Taking Short Courses Can Enhance Your Career Path

10/22/2019

By: Karen Hamilton, Assistant Director, Marketing & Enrolment, McMaster University Continuing Education

One of the biggest challenges of living in today’s fast-paced world is finding the time to get things done. As people’s professional lives get busier it seems harder to keep up with the latest innovations and industry transformations.

If you are looking to get ahead in your profession short courses are a great solution! They allow you to hone into specific areas so you can fill knowledge gaps and gain the necessary qualifications in a brief time period. Course lengths usually range anywhere from one hour to a few months.  Here are three key benefits that short courses offer when looking to advance your career.

1. Get A Competitive Edge

Short courses are a great way to give you a competitive edge when it comes to career advancement. As technology and industries continue to evolve it has become critical for employees to gain the latest skills to stay ahead of the game.

More and more employers are looking for employees who demonstrate a commitment to upgrading their skills; especially when it benefits their organization. Gaining the knowledge offered from short courses allows you to stand out from your peers and increases your chances of getting that new job or promotion.    

2. Take A Career For A Test Drive

It's natural to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. Today it’s not uncommon to start in one career path and then switch to another.  If you're unsure of what direction to take, short courses are perfect for introducing you to different fields and industries so you can determine if it’s the right career choice for you before making a larger educational commitment. 

Essentially, short courses let you take topics for a test drive. They quickly give you valuable insights into the types of knowledge and skills required for a particular industry which can save you time and money upfront before investing in longer certification programs. 

3. Fits A Busy Lifestyle

One of the greatest benefits of short courses is that they are practical and convenient.  They can fit easily into a busy lifestyle and allow you to advance your knowledge without disrupting your current schedule. 

Short courses are perfect for up-skilling for the workplace and building on your qualifications. They can be the key to unlocking new career paths and let you stay ahead in today’s job market.



3 Ways Taking Short Courses Can Enhance Your Career Path
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