On Going Back to School

A new year often finds people assessing their careers.

Unfortunately, this year, reflecting on your career might involve addressing significant concerns. Unemployment, layoffs or the possibility of layoffs, pay cuts, and benefits cuts have all been in the news. Indeed, it’s increasingly likely that you or someone close to you has faced one or more of these challenges.

It’s not easy navigating these tough times. But there are steps you can take to improve your situation. Enhancing your value to your organization is one. If you have a job, this means giving it your all—and even upping your game.

You may also want to consider going back to school. A new degree or additional certification can show your employer you’re committed to your career.

If you’re looking for a job, the fact that you’re pursuing additional education goes a long way as well.

But there’s another reason to consider additional education: Your competition is smartening up.

On average, Arizona State University (ASU) W.P. Carey School of Business is seeing about a 25 percent increase in applications across all its MBA programs, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.

And ASU is only one example. The Seattle Times reports that nationwide MBA applications are up 10 percent.

Does your career plan include additional education? Should it?

Paula Santonocito
Career Editor, SingleMindedWomen.com