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Additional qualification via continuing vocational training –
what are the advantages?

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There are many reasons for acquiring additional qualifications and for further vocational training. Further training can bring you numerous personal and professional benefits. The broadening and expansion of your own knowledge can sustainably increase your professional success.

In addition, you have the opportunity to continue learning during your working life and to constantly optimise your skills. Another decisive argument for further training is the long-term increase in salary. Although additional qualifications initially entail costs, the long-term benefits of further training also outweigh the temporary additional burden in everyday working life.

Professional training – reasons and opportunities

The possibility of undertaking it part-time speaks in favour of continuing vocational training. Additional qualifications have a positive effect on your everyday working life, your career opportunities and your CV. Increasingly more employers see the advantages of further training for their employees. This is because work processes can be simplified and optimised in order to increase the company performance.

Another aspect that should not be neglected is the salary.
Via further training, you will always keep up to date in your field. This puts you in a good negotiating position during your appraisal when it comes to your future salary. Each additional year of education statistically increases your income by seven to ten percent (Source: www.stepstone.at/Karriere-Bewerbungstipps/berufliche-weiterbildung/).

In addition to the salary, further education or training also increases your chances of advancement. You keep your market value high both internally and within the industry. This reduces the risk of falling into unemployment or even long-term unemployment.

Keeping up to date and continuing your education is particularly important, depending on the industry. Especially in professions in the field of IT, Sales & Marketing and Communication, this is essential. Because things that are still considered modern today are most likely already outdated in a few years.

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When does further training make sense?

Further training can be useful at various points in the CV. It is not only suitable for a job change. Even during a job, you should improve, expand and deepen your skills. This can be done, for example, through further in-company training. Many employers want to keep their employees up to date.

Such training has the advantage that you do not have to worry about financing or lack of time. In most cases, in-company training is paid for by the employer and carried out during working hours. This can help you achieve your dream job or personal goals in the long term.

Especially in the context of digitisation, you should be well versed in the latest trends, processes and tools in order to have the skills that will be needed in the world of tomorrow today.

Who pays for my training?

It has already become clear that further training has many advantages. Now the question arises as to who pays for it.

When it comes to the question of the cost of continuing training, a distinction must first be made between publicly funded or in-company or private further training. Publicly funded continuing education is offered by the state in certain areas.

Private further education can include various formats, from adult education courses to a Master of Business Administration (MBA). However, the costs are often borne by the employee. But here, too, there may be support from the state in certain cases, e.g., in the form of a study grant.

As a rule, further in-company training relates directly to the profession and can not only be offered by the employer, but also financed. Although your own investment in personal additional qualifications can also be worthwhile for your professional future. Talk to your employer about this.

How do I get grants, special leave or a leave of absence?

In any case, it is worthwhile to ask your employer for subsidies or special leave. Before that, however, you should think about the topic a little while.

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Write down the exact time period, information and also the financial scope.


If you can specify your further training to your supervisor, thereby indicating not only general advantages, but those that are specifically adapted to the company, the chances of your training being approved are significantly higher.
Therefore, clearly indicate to what extent not only you, but also the company will benefit from this training.
Perhaps your manager will even recognise further advantages of further training for employees and will make them possible by themselves in the future.

If you can specify your further training to your supervisor, thereby indicating not only general advantages, but those that are specifically adapted to the company, the chances of your training being approved are significantly higher.
Therefore, clearly indicate to what extent not only you, but also the company will benefit from this training.
Perhaps your manager will even recognise further advantages of further training for employees and will make them possible by themselves in the future.


Show that you can prepare everything with precision. If it is possible for you to do so, arrange a replacement, whom you will also familiarise with the work at hand. If you cannot be substituted, make it clear that everything will be prepared for your absence. This ensures that there is no additional burden for your colleagues.

Show that you can prepare everything with precision. If it is possible for you to do so, arrange a replacement, whom you will also familiarise with the work at hand. If you cannot be substituted, make it clear that everything will be prepared for your absence. This ensures that there is no additional burden for your colleagues.


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What additional qualifications do I need?

In order to find the right training that brings you advantages, you should first think about which topic might be relevant to you. Helpful in the search for suitable offers can be, for example, those of adult education centres as well as professional associations and distance learning universities.

Professional associations in particular often offer consultations. Further training does not necessarily have to be expensive to fulfil its purpose. Check whether the providers of further training also appear trustworthy. Here, accepted certificates as well as positive evaluations and research on the background of the institution generally help.

Where to place the further training in the CV?

It makes sense to mention further training in your CV in any case. It should be listed as a title with its own heading. It makes the most sense to list all further training courses anti-chronologically, thereby starting with the current one. In the case of a large number of further training courses, the points relevant to this position should be listed on your application.

When is further training considered to be successful?

Further training is successful if the knowledge acquired expands one's own professional competences. This requires that the additional knowledge matches your professional field and can be used accordingly within the scope of your everyday working life. Additional qualifications can also be an advantage when changing jobs. In addition, after further training, your salary will also increase over the long term.

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