Many people believe finishing college represents the end of academic life—and for some people it might be. But for those professionals looking to continue advancing in their careers, education doesn’t stop there. It continues, whether through individual learning, experiences, seminars, or professional courses. Gone are the days when you simply had to work at a company for a certain amount of time before being promoted. Now you have to be the best for the job—despite how long you’ve been there.

Luckily, the world has realized this fact and there are programs set up to help professionals advance and learn. Many of these organizations are educational institutions, such as the City University of New York (CUNY). CUNY offers continuing and professional education courses to college students and professionals in a number of fields, including business, health, manufacturing, food services, education, law, and IT.

But educational institutions aren’t the only places to continue education. Businesses such as Moody’s, headed by CEO Ray McDaniel, offer seminars and eLearning Programs designed to help professionals advance their careers. Individuals looking to work up the corporate ladder can benefit from Moody’s courses, which specialize in finance and risk.

Types of continuing education programs include degree credit courses, non-degree career training, workforce training, formal personal enrichment courses, self-directed learning, and experiential learning. These programs allow adults to delve further into more specialized topics and areas of interest. Learners may be issued a certificate that documents their attendance at a seminar or the completion of a course.

Many adults choose to continue their education for personal reasons as well as professional. Learning for its own sake can be an enriching experience for many, especially when studying subjects of personal interest.

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