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Why is Education important?

  1. If you want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer, you need to get educated. Education is a must for a bright and stable future.
  2. An educated person has higher chances of acquiring a good, well-paying job. The more educated you are, the better career options you have!.
  3. If you want to see the world as a just and fair place where everyone is given equal opportunities, you require education. If we want to do away with the existing differences in life; different social classes and genders, then education is a must.
  4. Education makes you a self-dependent person. It helps you become financially independent but that is not all and makes you wiser so that you can make your own decisions
  5. What is your dream, your aim in life? Do you want to become rich? Do you want to be popular? Do you want to be an extremely successful person who is respected by people? Well, education is the key to all this. Of course there are exceptions, like sportsmen who owe their success to their talent but in most cases, your education is what helps you realize all your dreams.
  6. Education affects our understanding of the difference between right and wrong in a major way. An educated person is well aware of the consequences of wrong or illegal actions and he is less likely to get influenced and do something which is not morally right. Also, a number of uneducated people who live in abject poverty often turn to illegal ways such as theft and robbery to solve their problems. If you are educated, you are well aware of your rights, the law and your responsibilities towards the society. Therefore, education is an important factor that contributes in social harmony and peace.
  7. Your educational degree is considered as a proof of your knowledge by many therefore it boosts your confidence. If you are educated you have more chances of being heard and taken seriously. Generally, an uneducated man will find it harder to express his views and opinions owning to lack of confidence. Education gives you the confidence to express your views and opinions.
  8. Education is one of the spoken/unspoken rules in a society. The society expects you to go to school followed by college or a university, get a job, settle down etc. In fact education helps you become a useful member of the society because an educated member certainly has a greater chance to contribute to his community. Education helps you become an active member of the society and participate in the ongoing changes and developments.
  9. In underdeveloped and developing nations, where literacy rate is not high, a number of people are still living below the poverty line. Education is vital for the economic prosperity of a nation.
  10. Education saves you from being exploited and fooled on a day to day basis. If you are uneducated, you may be trapped into signing false documents or be deprived of some right which you have because unlike an educated person you are not well aware of your rights and freedoms.

What are your Education goals?

Setting education goals is not complicated. Get started with the steps below.

  1. Think about your overall education goals. Your overall goals might be the answer to one of the following questions:
    • What do you want to get out of education?
    • How do you want to put your education to work?
    • How do you want to feel once you've accomplished your educational goal?
  2. Write a clear goal statement. This doesn't need to be long. It might be one of the following:
    • Get a better job
    • Get a job in a different field
    • Get a promotion
    • Finish your bachelor's degree
    • Feel better about yourself
    • Set an example for your children
    • Earn more money
    • Enhance and expand your skills
    • Explore an interest or hobby
  3. Identify steps that will move you closer to your goal. These will become your education or training activities. Everyone will have different activities, depending on where they are in their planning. Some activities you might include are:
    • Decide on a career you want to pursue.
    • Learn about training requirements for a job of interest.
    • Learn more about the range of education or training options available for you
    • Search for a local short-term training program.
    • Search for a university or college program most suitable for you.
    • Learn about the cost of training, financial aid available and other ways to pay for the training.

CAREERS

What's the difference between a career, a job, and an occupation?

  1. A job is what you show up to for work
  2. A career spans your lifetime and includes your education, training, professional memberships, volunteering and your full history of paid work.
  3. An occupation describes a type of work with associated tasks, education and training, wages, work settings, and more.

For instance, you may choose to get trained for the occupation "registered nurse". Then apply for a job as an emergency room nurse at your local hospital. After several years, your career might include that experience in the ER, as well as jobs in pediatrics, patient education, and physiotherapy work.

How to set career goals

Career goals should be SMART.

  1. Specific - Aim for a specific, concrete area for your goal or steps.
  2. Measurable - To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as: how much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
  3. Attainable - Goals are most attainable when steps are thought out clearly and allow enough time. How do you intend to accomplish your goal? Which actions follow on other actions? Is the goal realistic given where you're starting from? It should be a challenge, but also achievable.
  4. Relevant - A relevant goal is one that really matters to you and to the end result. Is it worthwhile? Is this the right time? Does your goal relate to other efforts? Does it require resources that are currently available?
  5. Timely - A goal should be grounded within a defined time period, both for clarity and to give your action urgency. When do you want to begin? When do you want to complete each step?

Tips to achieve your goal

  1. Write down the steps: Write down your career goal and the steps to get there. This will help you remember and achieve each step. Post your list where you will see it often.
  2. Set deadlines: Give yourself a date to complete your goals by. Write the date when you actually finish each step.
  3. Reward yourself: Taking steps toward goals is hard work. Think of small rewards to give yourself when you complete any step, to help you stay motivated.
  4. Have An accountability partner: Find someone to help you stick to your plan: a friend, or someone else. Discuss your goals, and check in with them when you complete steps. If possible, do the same for your partner!

Skills

Do you know what skills you already have and how they can boost your career?

Your skills describe what you like to do and what you are good at. You develop skills by training and experience that improve your ability to do tasks.There are two kinds of skills: technical skills, and soft skills. Both types are important for success.

  1. Technical skills
    Your ability to accomplish specific tasks like carpentry, computer programming, or teaching, is called technical skills. Technical skills relate to a particular occupation. You may have learned technical skills from school, training or a past work experience. Examples are being able to:
    • build a locker
    • operate equipment
    • paint a portrait
    • write a story
    • write computer code
    • teach a lesson
    • investigate a scientific question
    • sell products to customers
  2. Soft skills
    Some soft skills can be taught in school. But most you learn in everyday life and can improve at any time. Some examples of soft skills include:
    • Being a good communicator
    • Being a critical thinker
    • Working well as a team
    • Being self-motivated
    • Being flexible
    • Being determined and persistent
    • Being a quick learner
    • Being punctual

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