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Finding the Right CEUs for Me

Attending conferences, investing time in online learning and obtaining continuing education units are great ways to learn new skills, make new contacts and increase your earning potential.

Continuing education units can be a great way to make your resume stand out in a competitive job market. The right CEU can highlight your assets and skills, potentially giving you an advantage during the hiring process. If you own your own business, CEUs can be a great way to stay current on the latest trends in your industry.

Professional requirements. Many professions require you to participate in continuing education opportunities as part of maintaining your certification or licensure. Nurses, pharmacists, legal professionals, accountants, program managers and financial professionals are examples of occupations that require continuing education to maintain membership in an association or licensing body. Every association or licensing body has its own CEU requirements. Check with your employer or certifying body to verify if you must maintain CEUs as an active participant in your occupation.

Choose applicable courses. Depending on your occupation, you may need CEUs to stay current on developing trends in your field. For example, a massage therapist may need a course in hot stone massage as the demand for that specialty increases in their geographic area. If a CEU will increase your skills and make you a more valuable asset to your employer, then it is probably the right CEU for you.

Conduct your research. Research the courses available to you. Your employer, professional association or licensing body usually has a list of approved CEUs. If you are looking outside these recommended courses, you should be wary of scams. A quick internet search should provide you with peer reviews of the course. You can also contact your professional organization or licensing body for advice on selecting a CEU.

Research the company, educational institution or instructor who will be teaching your CEU. You will want to verify they are actively using the skills they are teaching. They should be an industry leader with a strong background and a history of successfully applying their knowledge within the industry. The more credible the company, education institution or instructor, the more confident you can be that you are selecting the right CEU.

Be prepared and engaged. You should be excited about your CEU course and fully committed to it. Just like you would prepare for a college course, you should read any study materials, take any necessary preparatory classes or coursework and dedicate your time to focusing on the CEU. Some CEUs may even convert to college-level coursework.

You can visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for local information and help on selecting the right CEU for you. Select 'Adult Education Centers' under the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu and enter your installation or postal code to find a point of contact. If you need additional information related to CEUs, you can visit the About the CEU resource located in the Adult Learning Opportunities section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO or speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647.

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