The Success Of Career Development Essay

1627 Words Feb 9th, 2015 7 Pages
The majority of adults need to work. They need to pay their bills, provide for their families and have a sense of accomplishment that work can provide. While there is a universal need to work, many people choose to simply do their job and not to develop their career. Career development is putting the work in, above and beyond your present duties, with the intention to develop and advance within your career. There are a variety of ways one can develop their career; however, the main professional development opportunities are obtaining a college education, obtaining certifications and creating a social network.
Although there are many jobs available for those without any college education, the fact is that obtaining a college degree increases your earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, those who had a Bachelor’s Degree earned approximately $1,108 per week. Those possessing a Master’s degree earned approximately $1,329 per week. While those who only had a high school diploma, some college, or an associate’s degree earned approximately $651 to $777 per week (Bureau of Labor and Statics, "Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment", 2014). While weekly the numbers may seem small, over a lifetime college graduates with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $2.1 million which is close to $1 million dollars more than those with only a high school diploma would earn in their lifetime (Day, Newburger, "The Big Payoff: Educational…

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