The knowledge and skills you develop in school impacts all aspects of your life: the career you’ll have, how you spend your day, and the people you meet. Completing college helps you to discover your unique talents and interests.

And continuing your education can give you the skills you need to improve your future career and knowledgebase. Share these tips with your students for understanding the value of finishing and continuing their educations.

“When am I going to use this?”

This is one question we all ask ourselves when losing motivation in coursework. While your degree, certification, or other completed educational credentials are often the most important aspects of your education, any academic work you do has value.

Your coursework can help you learn about subjects that interest you, and also help you develop writing, math, science, communication, and reading skills. Team projects can develop leadership, teamwork, and presentation skills.

So the answer to that question is likely to be: “For the rest of your life!” Future employers want to hire employees who are likely to add value and are eager to build new skills. The need for professional and transferable skills is in high demand in all industries, including those where specific career-related skills are also mandatory.

According to author Francine Fabricant in her text, Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work, 1st Edition:

“The 3 Rs and the 4 Cs Two types of transferable skills are amongst the most valuable to employers, and their abbreviated titles make them easy to remember. These are the 3 Rs, reading, writing, and arithmetic, and the 4 Cs, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration a’nd team building, and creativity and innovation.” (28)

For tips on improving your critical thinking skills, visit our post, “Adopting the Attitude of a Critical Thinker.”

References and connections

Francine Fabricant goes on to explain that “Evidence of your skills is also demonstrated through the strength of your references. Developing relationships with people who can speak about your performance and ability is another important component of your career development.

In your career, employers will contact your references to gain insight into your professionalism, self-management skills, technical ability, and more.”

Reference: Fabricant, Francine. Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work, 1st Edition. 2014. Boston, Cengage Learning.

What do you think is the best motivator for finishing and continuing your education? Share your thoughts below.