The Women's Journal

Boost Your Career With Professional Development Courses

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You may have decided you need to add a credential to your resume, or you might be thinking that a college degree could boost your career.

The research would back you up. Statistics show that earnings consistently increase with level of education. On average, workers over 25 years old with bachelor’s degrees earn an astonishing 70% more than their counterparts with high school diplomas.

In addition, short-term courses and certificate programs provide excellent ways for career-focused professionals to earn credentials or retool for job changes. Offering practical, concentrated study in specific professional areas, they take a relatively short time to complete (generally between four months and a year).

“Certificates are a homegrown American invention and are expanding rapidly in response to a wide range of educational and labor market demands,” reported researchers at Georgetown University, citing the postsecondary certificate as a cost-effective tool for increasing educational attainment and gainful employment in the U.S.

The University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a variety of short-term programs in business, health care and related fields that are designed to provide immediately applicable credentials or skills for career advancement. Examples include Big Data Analytics, Business Analysis, Clinical Trials Management, Paralegal, Personal Trainer, Project Management, RN Refresher, Social Media Marketing, and more.

For those considering a return to college, whether for a degree, certificate program or other course, the University of Delaware’s ACCESS Center provides free academic advisement to help identify career and educational goals, develop educational plans, implement decisions and build learning skills.

To learn more about continuing education programs at the University of Delaware, visit To make an appointment with an ACCESS adviser, call 302-831-8843, write to [email protected] or visit