Career Advancement Through Online Classes –

In today’s competitive job market, it’s advantageous for workers to stay one step ahead. Whether by acquiring new workplace skills or furthering their education, Americans are aware that growth of their knowledge and capabilities is imperative to have longevity in their careers.

Eighty-nine percent of working Americans believe there is still room for them to grow in their current careers, according to a recent University of Phoenix survey. Of that percentage, more than one-third (36%) think they need additional education to get to the next level in their careers.

The survey revealed that many working adults are currently pursuing or plan to take advantage of online education, with 59% who said they are currently taking an online course or plan to in the future. Fifty-eight percent of adults aged 35-44 plan to take an online course, followed by 46% of adults aged 45-54 and 21% of adults aged 55 and older.

“There is a skills gap in America. Employers have jobs available, but many companies are having a difficult time finding workers with the right skills to fill those positions,” Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix, said in a press release. “At the university, we see many working adults pursuing education to address their own skills gaps and position themselves for career growth. Technology is helping to bridge this gap – we are making education more personal, more social, more accessible and more aligned with the dynamics in the workplace.”

Other survey findings include:

  • 78% of those with a bachelor’s degree who have ever worked said their education positively influenced them being hired
  • 60% of those with bachelor’s degrees or higher said they believe that their education positively affected their ability to get promoted
  • Those with bachelor’s degrees also said they perceive that their education led to other benefits including receiving raises (58%), keeping a job (58%) and being given more management opportunities (57%)
  • The top skills working Americans think they need to learn to take their careers to the next level are leadership (47%), decision-making (41%), strategic thinking (41%), problem-solving (38%) and multi-tasking (38%)

The survey was conducted online among 1,019 American adults between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, 2012.

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