Today's employers recognize the value of ongoing
professional career development. UCI Division of
Continuing Education's certificate and specialized
studies programs – focused programs that balance
theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world
experience – are well-received by employers and
can be a significant factor in hiring and promotion.
Certificate programs offer an in-depth body of
knowledge to ensure you gain mastery of a
particular topic. Specialized Studies feature shorter,
more concentrated curricula for those short on time.
Both are distinctive achievements that can help
prepare you for career advancement or transition.
Benefits of Continuing Education
- Expand job opportunities
Earning a certificate or taking continuing education courses can help
position you for higher responsibilities or promotion.
- Keep pace with work trends
Continuing education is a great way to stay abreast of developments
and best practices in your field.
- Enhance confidence
A continuing education certificate can help boost your self-image
and confidence at work, and in other aspects of your life.
- Achieve job satisfaction
Employees who actively develop new skills and knowledge tend
to experience higher job satisfaction than those who do not.
- Learn to learn
Explore a field unrelated to your job that interests you —
for personal development or simply for fun.