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Poll results: Personal enrichment or work advancement?

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  • Take the history class! Might not get the chance again!

    7 58.33%
  • Take the work class! Need all the help keeping/finding jobs!

    2 16.67%
  • Take neither - enjoy your free time!

    3 25.00%
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Thread: Continuing Education - For Self or for Work?

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    Cyburbian Salmissra's avatar
    Aug 2004
    Central Texas

    Continuing Education - For Self or for Work?

    Sometimes I take a class more for personal enrichment than career advancement. Right now I'm in a quandry: take a class for myself, or take a class for work?

    Personal class:
    5 classes/1 a week
    $109 total
    from prestigious local university
    in-depth on a WWII personality
    Option for a part 2 course later in the semester
    Don't know if it will be offered again

    Work class:
    12 classes/2 a week
    $119 total
    from local community college
    Intro to grant writing
    Option for a later course next semester
    Offered again in 3, 6 and 9 months

    Both classes start in the next 2 weeks. The 5 personal classes overlap with half of the work class, so I can't take them both. I'm tempted to take the personal class now, and hope that the work class later offerings don't conflict with after-work meetings.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Who's paying for the classes? If you are paying take the personal interest one. If work is paying take the work one.
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
    Mar 2007
    Lowering the PCI in the Hills
    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Who's paying for the classes? If you are paying take the personal interest one. If work is paying take the work one.

    Though the work class on grant writing doesn't sound that bad - as far as work type classes go. At least it's something that seems to be in pretty high demand in a lot of job postings I see.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Slightly Off-Center
    Take the history class, it will have more value in the long run.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Super Moderator kjel's avatar
    Dec 2005
    Wishing I were in Asia somewhere!
    Blog entries
    It's not like grant writing is going away any time soon Take the history class!
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break
    Of course you should take the history class for self-enrichment while you can.
    Last edited by Maister; 11 Jan 2013 at 9:28 AM.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Do the grant writing class. You can take the history class when you retire.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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