In uncertain economic times, you may hesitate to spend money to advance your career. But some investments -- of money and time -- can really pay off.
One of the main ways to invest in your career is through education.
Don't think of it as going back to school, which sounds like you didn't get it right in the first place and doesn't feel good. Instead, think of it as a way to broaden your knowledge.
Here are three ways to invest in you career through education:
1)Get a degree.
Complete your bachelor's degree or get a master's degree, MBA or even a Ph.D.
"We're looking at global competition," said Patti Wilson, CEO of CareerCompany.com in Silicon Valley. An advanced degree can help you get promoted or move between industries.
硅谷CareerCompany.com公司的CEO Patti Wilson说：“我们正面临的是全球的竞争，高学历能够给你带来晋升，也能让你随心所欲地转行。”
Some people say workers in midcareer or later won't have time to recoup the cost of an advanced degree. It's a calculation that may push you toward a program that you can complete while working. But there are other factors to consider, Wilson said. An advanced degree can facilitate the move to consulting for an experienced worker, for example.
Technical fields, project management and human resources are just some fields in which certifications can help advance a career. Certifications are generally less time-consuming and expensive than degree programs.
3)Learn cross-cultural communication skills.
If you're working outside your native country and not speaking your native language, consider taking classes in accent reduction and American business etiquette.
How do you know if you need these classes? If you're lucky, your boss will tell you. But you may simply notice that you're not getting promoted to positions that require good communication skills.