Continuing Professional Education

Rising professionally and climbing the next rung on the career ladder, more responsibility, more salary – desires that every worker has. However, all this is only possible for those who adapt to the ever-changing demands of their profession. A not inconsiderable part of this constant adaptation is regular vocational training.

Reasons for further vocational training

Constant Change

There may be several reasons why you should continue your education. Many industries today are characterized by constant change due to new trends. It is essential to keep up the good work so that you do not belong to the old iron after your first years at work. Classic representatives are companies from the IT and media world, but also in the fashion industry or the marketing industry, it is enormously important to stay up to date as well as to constantly have the customer needs and market changes on the screen.

Push Qualifications

Expanding one’s own competencies and acquiring new expertise is probably the most obvious reason for continuing vocational training. If you expand your subject-specific knowledge, you can step up in your job, take on more responsibility and ultimately demand more salary. Especially graduates of a classical vocational training can significantly increase their industry-standard salary by targeted further education and achieve for example by a training to the master in part even the level of comparable graduate jobs.

Career Reorientation

You are no longer happy in your job and another company will not change that? You think about a professional reorientation, but a new education is not there for various reasons? The completion of vocational training can be the best way to transfer your existing qualifications to another field of application. If, for example, you have completed a commercial apprenticeship and after a few years in the office you find that you would rather have more direct customer contact, further education and subsequent application in sales could be the right way.


Some situations, a professional reorientation is indispensable. For example, if the current employer suddenly gives you notice. The reasons for dismissal can be varied, but it can also be the motivation for a reorientation. Many companies also offer so-called outplacement advice for non-performance-related redundancies, which is designed to ensure that a departing employee does not become unemployed, but can start a new job immediately after the termination.

What types of professional development exist?

The Classic Way

The most common providers of continuing vocational training courses are chambers of industry and commerce, craft chambers and community colleges. The spectrum ranges from smaller, often only one-day, seminars to multi-month courses, which are usually offered as weekend or evening classes. One-day seminars and short courses serve the purpose of optimizing the skills relevant to one’s own job (eg communication training or MS-Office workshops). In longer-term training courses, it is also possible to acquire completely new specialist knowledge, for example learning a new language or completing certification courses for various professional groups.

Online Courses

Another way to further your professional education – and quite simply from home – are online courses. The Internet offers information in abundance on almost every topic. Everyone has the opportunity to inform themselves according to their own interests. In addition, there are more and more providers offering topic-specific online courses. Some of these offers are free, others are paid. Although there is a lot of expertise here, many of these offerings have one major drawback: either you do not receive a certificate that confirms the newly acquired skills or the provider is not officially recognized, which then almost closes these certificates in the application folder makes worthless.

Part-Time Studies

An extra-occupational study is probably the most rewarding, albeit a most time-consuming, form of professional development. Many universities now offer various forms of distance or evening study, so that employees can continue their education on a part-time basis. Although this form of training brings the most benefits, it also requires the highest degree of self-discipline and solid time management. Since this is not a full-time study, the double standard period of study must be planned here. The advantage: Due to the daily work in the job, you are financially secure and remain professionally on the ball. At the end of the study, you then have an official university degree in your pocket, which can open many new doors.

How do I finance my professional development?

As a rule, you have to finance professional training courses privately, but they are also partly taken over by the employer or at least promoted. Here you should simply ask your supervisor, which possibilities are offered to you. Especially in larger companies, there are special employee development programs, in which the individual employees are specifically promoted. If your company does not offer these opportunities, you should show some initiative and explain to your boss how he can benefit from your education.

The cost of continuing professional development is also tax-deductible for employees. In addition to the actual course fees, this also includes expenses for the arrival and departure or any overnight stays.

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