Work-Life Balance: Where Does Education Fit

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

This day in age, we are constantly running. From managing a household, to transitioning into a new career, work/life balance is a challenge for all of us. Northeastern University’s Innovation in Higher Education Survey recently asked, “How much of an obstacle is balancing college with family and work commitments?”

72 percent of those polled nationally said that work/life balance was their biggest obstacle.

Columbus State University Sr. Operations Manager for Continuing Education, Kristin Barker, explain show Continuing Education can be a good way to supplement your education in order to maintain time or family, school and work.

“If your everyday routine includes juggling full-time employment and nurturing a family, then you’re well aware that your two most valuable assets are time and money,” says Barker. “Continuing Education can help you save both time and money while working to achieve your educational goals. Students tell us that affordability is one of the key reasons they choose to learn with us.”

For career-minded professionals, certificate programs offer a fast-tracked way to increase skills and competencies without the hassle of taking several core degree requirements as prerequisite courses. Many courses are scheduled in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate those with a busy, full-time schedule. CSU Continuing Education’s certificate offerings include:

  • Project Management
  •  Graphic Design
  • Business Management
  •  Real Estate
  •  Medical Coding & Billing
  •  Pharmacy Technician
  •  Clinical Medical Assisting
  •  Personal Trainer
  •  Photography

Columbus State University, Continuing Education’s professional development offerings include a rangeof classes that will build your skill set and better equip you to work in the fields of:

  •  Business
  •  Accounting & Finance
  •  Health Care & Fitness
  •  Media & Design
  •  IT & Software Development

The quality of time, not necessarily the quantity, will play a large role in improving your work-life balance. Consider what steps you can take today that will impact your quality of time tomorrow. Barker encourages those who may be in a career transition, or those who are just looking for alternatives, to consider their options when planning their continuing education, “Don’t short-change your future.”