Back to School: Why Now is the Time to Level Up Your Skills

Back to School: Why Now is the Time to Level Up Your Skills

When you are thinking about advancing your career, improving yourself, and learning new things, you are actually in the process of evolving. Taking the steps towards being the best you possible. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, “Is now the time to level up your skills?” If you answer no to any of the questions below, then it’s time:

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  • When you think about what you have accomplished so far in your career, do you like what you see?
  • Are you satisfied with your financial status?
  • Do you feel you are living up to your potential?
  • Do you feel you are maximizing your talents?

Chances are, you feel like you are destined for greater things. At the back of your mind, you know you are capable of so much more. That’s why you’re here. You are ready to make a change and you need to be convinced why TODAY is the perfect time to take the next step towards improving your skillset.

Striving after personal, linear, and rapid improvement can lead you to a better quality of life. It boosts your capacity to create, connect, and enjoy life. Progress makes you feel alive. That’s why whenever you cross something off your to-do list, you feel a momentary rush of dopamine – a chemical in the brain that influences our happiness.

It’s just how the human body is programmed. When we realize that we are moving forward, whether, in our career or personal life, we feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Who doesn’t want that right?

Self-improvement is not regulated to just the beginning of a new year. 

It is a lifelong process.  Most people forget that anytime is a great time to work on yourself, learn new things, and improve knowledge of things you’ve already learned.  There’re so many things you can do to improve your life this year and leveling up your skills is the perfect way to begin.

The Importance of Continuous Learning

  • The benefits of learning something new are endless.
  • Expanding your ability to learn by regularly upgrading your skills and increasing your knowledge is personally rewarding.
  • Learning means successfully adapting to change  

However, in an increasingly connected world where every person that has access to a mobile device is capable of connecting to the internet, it’s easy to drown in an endless stream of ‘expert advice’ and misinformation. It’s become critically important to curate your learning experience, so the knowledge you acquire is from accurate resources. 

The wonderful thing about learning and leveling up your skills is you also gain other benefits beyond the actual skill you just acquired. According to an article written by CCSU Continuing Education, there are 7 big benefits of learning a new skill. In my opinion, the 3 most important are and I quote:

  1. Your brain chemistry changes – The white matter in your brain is called myelin, and it helps improve performance on a number of tasks. The more people practice a new skill they are learning, the denser the myelin in their brain becomes, which helps them learn even more effectively.
  2. Your learning speed increases – Learning a new skill helps you learn things faster over time. By stimulating neurons in the brain, more neural pathways are formed, and electrical impulses travel faster across them as you attempt to process new information. The more pathways that are formed, the faster impulses can travel.
  3. You become a more interesting person – Well-rounded individuals have an easier time relating to others and have more things in common with them. Being a more interesting person will draw others to you and improve the quality of your life as your relationships improve and deepen.  This makes you more marketable in your career and improves chances for promotions.

Do we need to go back to school?

It’s August, which means it’s back to school season. While degrees from an institute of higher learning are ideal to have, it isn’t exactly cheap; especially if you are looking towards graduate school. A two-year master’s degree program can set you back from $60,000 to $80,000, excluding books, living expenses, and miscellaneous fees. While there are ways to come up with the hefty fees, it’s not practical for many people.

In a Forbes article written by Ginger Dean, she talked about two compelling reasons why you should consider getting a certificate versus an expensive graduate degree – small commitment and a faster paycheck.

According to Dean, “The growth in certificate programs is in large part due to the smaller commitments of time and money. Usually specific and subject-focused, they require taking anywhere from four to eight targeted, graduate-level courses. They aren’t designed to be a replacement for a degree, but they allow professionals to learn new skills to move them ahead in their careers, get them up to speed in a new field, or meet state licensing requirements.”

A degree is not your only option to move up in your career, a certificate program can give you the career boost you desire.

Benefits of Scrum Certification?

  • The titles Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner are esteemed certifications.  BeardedEagle offers them through our association with the Scrum Alliance, a non-profit membership organization that supports the adoption and effective use of Scrum.
  • Certified Scrum Master certification gives you industry credibility and increased earning potential.
  • According to marketwatch.com, a CSM professional is one of the 25 Best Paying Jobs in America with a base salary starting at $95,167.
  • CSM and CSPO certifications prove you have an understanding of the Agile Manifesto, and how to apply its principles. 
  • Scrum certifications increase career marketability.

Are you looking to add a new skill to your resume? BeardedEagle offers 2-day certifications for aspiring Scrum professionals. Now is the time to level up your skills. Check out the workshops we have scheduled near you. Click Here

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