During times of low unemployment, such as now, individuals often choose to work instead of participating in job training programs. And rightfully so – employers often offer more competitive salaries and benefits during these times because it’s harder to find workers when so many people are employed. However, there are still good reasons to continue building your skills and credentials especially if you can work while doing so.
Expanding the skills and credentials you possess sets you up for future success. If the skills and credentials are relevant to your current role, you increase your likelihood of job security in two key ways:
Training on skills outside of your current industry that are “in-demand,” or ones employers are having a hard time hiring for, further improves your job security:
So consider taking advantage of opportunities to participate in job training programs especially if you can work while you train. Even if you can’t, don’t necessarily write the choice off as a “no brainer.” Compare the long-term earnings and opportunities for advancement you’d gain from the job you’re considering versus the ones you’d be eligible for after training. Many local Goodwill® organizations offer free or deeply discounted training programs and their support staff can help you make these comparisons and decisions. Check out what your local Goodwill has to offer today!