“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”

-John Lennon

How many adults can relate to this quote! It seems when we are in our early 20’s we have a carefully crafted plan of how our lives will develop.  We plan our educational choices and our major life choices. We select this major over that one, this job over that one, this partner over that one and on and on.  However, even with all this careful planning in our younger years, those who have lived through multiple decades understand how life has a funny way of moving us into new and unexpected directions.

Often, we see people engaged in careers that seem far removed from the major they pursued in college.

It’s never too late to enhance your education.  There is something new to learn each and every day. In such a dynamic and demanding job market, staying competitive and current is increasingly important. Whether it is to progress in one’s career or to begin a path to a new one, everyone can become a better version of themselves through professional and educational development.

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 77 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of employees ages 25 to 54. Many professionals are finding that a single, four year degree won’t support them throughout an entire career. As companies continuously search for candidates with the right skills to meet current positions and business needs, employees find that they may need additional training to better perform these roles. Today’s employees are more likely to engage in lifelong learning.

January 2016 will see the launch of a much-anticipated professional development program, termed St.Bona.Skills at St. Bonaventure University. This program will feature the university’s highly regarded faculty and staff teaching specialty seminars, workshops and bootcamps in subjects such as communication, time management, problem solving, business practices, and leadership, among others.

St.Bona.Skills will help professionals build the skills and knowledge needed to take on new challenges. Participants will be able to build new skill sets,  keep up with changing technology and practices, and/or develop the knowledge and traits that may lead to management positions.

To learn more about the program coming to St. Bonaventure University check out: stbonavenue.com/skills/

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