Why You Should Consider Personal Development Courses

Have you ever thought that you’d like to take more educational courses but didn’t need an entire degree’s worth of classes? It’s completely understandable, and that’s why Brighton offers our Personal Development courses.

What Are Personal Development Courses?

Brighton’s Personal Development courses are individual classes based on a specific area of study. These courses allow you to gain additional skills, build your resume, work towards advancement in your career or a promotion at your job, or simply continue your education.

You can find these individual courses in Business, Allied Health, or Paralegal Studies, on subjects such as medical office procedures, advanced selling techniques, and intellectual property (plus many more!).

Each course can be completed in up to 8 weeks and is entirely online. This allows you the ultimate flexibility in deciding when and where to complete the assignments so you can stay on track with your responsibilities while improving yourself and your employability.

Why Should You Take Personal Development Courses?

Improve Employability. Taking development courses not only proves to employers that you are dedicated to your career path, but it also allows you to gain more skills and keep up with the evolutions in your industry. In such a fast-paced world, new technology and policies constantly require professionals to stay up-to-date in their knowledge and skill sets. Making the initiative to continue your education improves your employability in multiple ways.

Improve Your Skills. Whether you’ve been continuously working in your industry or if you’ve taken a break and want to get back to work, development courses can help. Taking a course can sharpen and build upon the skills you’ve already been honing during your career, or it can help get you back into the game if you’ve taken a few years off.

Build Your Resume. If you’re looking to make a job switch to advance your career, adding personal development courses can help make your resume more attractive to hiring managers and give you an edge over other candidates. It shows employers you have the necessary skills and the dedication to your work.

Job Promotion. Maybe you’re looking to get a promotion at work and you need a little extra help to convince your managers you’re the one for the job. Having a personal development course (or more) on your resume can help convince your higher-ups that you have the abilities to fill the role.

Continuing Education. If you already have a degree and are looking to get another one, or if you don’t have a degree yet and would like one but can’t commit to a full degree program, personal development courses are the perfect way to dip your toes in the water before making the dive. Plus, if you take Brighton’s personal development courses and decide to continue on with Brighton for your degree program, the courses you’ve already taken will count towards your degree.

Whatever your needs or purposes, or wherever you’re at in your personal and professional life, personal development courses can help you take the next step without the full-time commitment. Whether you need to build your resume, improve your employability, gain more skills, or start the process for continuing your education, there is a personal development course for you.

Interested in signing up for a Personal Development Course at Brighton? Visit www.brightoncollege.edu or call 1-800-354-1254 to find out more!

3 Ways to Improve Your Employability

How To Improve Your Employability

Here at Brighton and The Paralegal Institute, we talk a lot about improving your employability, because it’s one of our top priorities as educators. Of course, you might be wondering what we mean by “employability.” Simply put, employability is your skill sets and talents that make you a qualified, attractive candidate for employers. It can be difficult for employers to find candidates that are qualified and fit in with the company’s culture, which is why job-seekers with the right skills and certifications are highly sought after.

How Can I Improve My Employability?

There is no one-stop-shop for improving your employability; it’s a process with a few different facets that lead to you becoming a more well-rounded professional. The goal is to have a good assortment of hard and soft skills. Here are a few ways to increase your hard and soft skills so you can be more employable:

Degrees and Certifications

Degrees and certifications fall under the “hard skills” category. They are credible verifications that you have taken courses to learn the technical aspects of your chosen profession. Having at least one degree is a must for any job seeker hoping to stand out from the crowd. More than one degree, or a combination of a degree and certifications, looks impressive on your resume and shows hiring managers that you are dedicated to your field.

If you already have a degree and aren’t interested in pursuing another one, consider taking continuing education and professional development courses. If you are currently employed, check with your company to see if they will help cover the cost of taking these courses, as it is a win-win for both you and the organization you work for.

Communication Skills

Being an effective communicator is an extremely valuable “soft skill” that employers don’t often talk about until it becomes a problem within the workplace.

Depending on your industry, you will need to communicate with colleagues, managers, clients, and others. Being a clear, effective, and tactful communicator will make you a strong asset to any company, and smooth the way for you to advance further in your career. You can help improve your communication skills by learning the basics of verbal and non-verbal communication, asking for feedback from your coworkers, and learning how to write professional yet friendly emails.

Motivation and Initiative

Employers like to see candidates who are self-motivated and take initiative in their career paths. One way to show motivation and initiative is by pursuing degrees, certifications, and continuing education courses, as mentioned earlier. This shows that you are serious about your career and want to perform your job to the best of your abilities.

Another way to do this is to seek out opportunities instead of waiting for them to come to you. If you are currently employed, keep asking your manager what other tasks you can do. Build your portfolio and skill set, so you can negotiate a raise or pad out your resume for a new job. Whenever you see an opportunity to show that you are ahead of the curve, take it.

There are, of course, plenty of other aspects to improving your employability. But this is a great, manageable place to start as you strive to grow in your career path and increase your job options and salary ceiling.

Brighton College and The Paralegal Institute offer degrees, certifications, and professional development courses in a variety of programs. Visit www.brightoncollege.edu or www.theparalegalinstitute.edu for more information!