Recognize the benefits of continuing education

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First, you should ask yourself why you want to do any further education at all. Surely you would like to acquire additional knowledge that will benefit you on the job market. Or you Manager would like you to do a continuing education.

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The Further Training must bring something

But it's not just about learning something. Rather, the training in which you invest time and money should be valued by the employer - or, if you are self-employed, by your client - as well as a better job, new clients, or more money.

But this can be problematic. Because what you learned at school was legally required and the proof of this was provided by a uniform national school leaving certificate. And you may have finished your studies or professional training with a state-recognized degree. All of these deals were generally recognized nationwide, in some cases even internationally, and thus also comparable.

Training should be recognized

The advantage is obvious: with such a certificate, anyone can directly assess what they can. Unfortunately, this is a bit different with many training courses. Firstly, there are some 35.000 providers with 400.000 training programs in Germany alone - a field in which one can only keep track of things.

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On the other hand, these further training courses are hardly regulated by law. The content, type, goal, duration and examinations can be regulated by legal regulations of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. However, state regulations are compulsory only if they are retracted into a state-recognized training program. However, most of the training courses are not regulated by law. Many degrees you can earn with a further education are certificates, which the training institution itself has created.

Continuing education legislation

After all, exist in most of the states training laws 4 with sometimes stringent requirements for the quality of training. However, the degrees are not regulated here. Some postgraduate degrees are widely known and widely recognized in the labor market, such as the degrees of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Others, on the other hand, are little known and pose the problem that your (potential) employer, who has never heard of the degree, can not gauge the knowledge you have acquired.

One case in which further training conveys extensive knowledge, but the degree can only be used to a limited extent on the job market is the several thousand euro expensive further training to become a “psychological advisor according to the alternative practitioner law”. The job title sounds good, but the graduates are not on a par with psychologists or psychotherapists who have a university degree. In contrast to her academic colleagues, psychological counselors are not allowed to pay through the health insurance. However, this can be a problem if the psychological advisor does not find enough solvent clients afterwards.

Further training is difficult to compare

In addition, it is difficult to compare the content and forms of the individual further education without uniform standards in the degrees: there are classical further education in the form of courses or courses with or without practice, as well as distance and self-learning programs, self-directed learning with the help of media, the reading of specialist books or trade journals as well as quality or workshop statistics.

Educational facilities can be public and private institutions, such as colleges and colleges, ecclesiastical and trade union organizations, professional associations and chambers, but also individuals. Some further training courses are specialized in vocational or political education, others serve the entire spectrum. Say: The field is almost unmanageable thanks to the large offer. All this should be considered in your considerations and the selection a little.

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Therefore: Limit the possibilities from the outset: Check with the respective trade associations which training and qualifications are recognized in the respective sector.

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