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Amy Inzanti, vice president, strategic planning & research in Porter Novelli’s New York office, was featured in the “Continuing Education” special section of today’s New  York Times. Amy was interviewed about how her graduate degree in strategic communications from Columbia University helped her land her job at Porter Novelli.

Learning Curves on the Career Path


“Every day we know less and less about more and more,” said Ray Caprio, vice president for continuing education at Rutgers University.

That, he said, goes far to explain why so many people, including engineers, teachers, bankers, museum workers and public relations aides, are concluding that they need to return to school, often years after receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

With the world growing ever more complex and new technologies being developed every day, it’s hardly surprising that millions of Americans have returned to campus. Some return to their alma maters or other colleges, some pursue continuing education at graduate schools and some turn to their local community college. Many experts say continuing education is more important than ever because most college graduates will go through five to seven job changes over their careers.

“To sustain themselves as competitive employees during their career, they’re probably going to need the equivalent of several more years of studying, although not necessarily in degree programs,” Mr. Caprio said.

To improve their workers’ skills, some employers provide in-house courses or underwrite elaborate executive education programs. But most workers are on their own when they want to take courses to increase their skills in the hope of climbing the career ladder.

Read full article here.