经济衰退时期的继续教育问题

2020年06月02日

来源:柴老师国际教育服务

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Pregame的创始人兼作者Ciara Pressler与Greg Nibler谈了继续教育和在经济衰退期间重返学校的利弊,以及潜在收益是否超过了货币投资的问题。。

Pressler指出:“不管什么时候都是继续学习的好时机,而学习从未有过像现在这样多的平台和机会。在经济不景气时,人们对教育的投资通常会激增,许多人考虑要么在已有的领域内继续深造,要么学习一套全新的技能。而停止继续追求学业的步伐是一个艰难的决定。”

“传统意义上的重返学校并不适合每个人。” Pressler说,“你必须知道自己的目标,并找到属于自己的道路,这将引导你实现目标。”

不论通过哪种形式, Pressler认为学习的投资回报率很高:“如果你无法承担学费但想学习技术,则不一定需要从大学获得四年制学位。你也可以寻找传统大学的替代方案,不管是商学院,实习生,还是在你希望进入的领域找到入门级工作。”

Pressler建议“始终与实际经历过的人交谈,了解人们如何到达自己的位置”。她说:“通过确定你的确切目标,研究实现这些目标的途径,并与已经在你想要担任的职位或领域中的其他人交谈,你会找到一条既有益于你自己,又不会超出自己的底线的道路。”

Ciara Pressler, founder and author of Pregame, talks with Greg Nibler about the pros and cons of continuing education and going back to school during a recession and whether the potential benefits outweigh the monetary investment.

“It’s always a good time to continue learning,” Pressler notes, “and learning has never been more accessible than it is today.” There is often a surge in investing in education when the economy falters, and many people consider either furthering their education in the field they are already in, or learning a completely new skill set. The decision on whether it make sense to take yourself out of the game to do so is a tough one.

“Going back to school in the traditional sense isn’t the right fit for everybody,” Pressler says. “You have to know your goal, and find the path” that leads you to that goal.

There are other things to consider. A return on your investment is a big one, she says. “For example, if you’re looking for a career in tech, you don’t necessarily need to get a four-year degree from a university,” which places you in a high amount of debt. “It’s time to look at alternatives to traditional college,” she points out, whether that’s a trade school, an internship, or finding entry-level work in the field you hope to enter.

Pressler advises to “always talk to people who have actually done it. Find out how people got to where they are,” she says. By identifying your exact goals, researching the paths to achieving them, and speaking with others who are already in the position or field you want to be in, you can find the path that will benefit both you and your bottom line.

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