Do You Plan to Further Your Education?

Do You Plan to Further Your Education?

Have you ever been asked if you plan to further your education? This question can bring you down a slippery slope if you don’t answer it correctly.

For the most part, this question is straightforward.

Your potential employer wants to know whether or not you have any goals or motivation to continue learning.

Learning and education is not always coursework

Don’t be so narrow-minded to think that furthering your education only applies to college coursework. If you have absolutely no intention of going back to school, then make that clear. That is ok. What is not ok is having no motivation to continue learning. If your goals can be achieved by working hard and learning from your managers, then make sure to let your interviewer know that. Being coachable will take you a long way in an interview. 

Quick Tip: I recommend saying that you are always eager to learn and grow. Mention how you love to read self-development books, watch educational YouTube videos, etc. Proving that you are not idle or dependent on someone else for your education will surely impress your interviewer.

Related Article: Why Did You Choose Your Major?

Coursework is great! Right?

If you do plan to go back to school, that’s great! Many online resources recommend always being transparent with your goals to continue education. But we know better. Although this CAN help you, it is important to make it very clear that going back to school will not affect your ability to do your job. Also, you need to make sure that whatever it is you are going back to school for, is relevant to the development of your career. If you are applying for a sales position, but want to go back to school for an engineering degree, it paints a pretty clear picture that you don’t intend to work in sales long-term.

Depending on the position you are applying for and how much commitment they will require, it would be wise to adjust your answer. If you secretly want to become an engineer, I would not tell your sales interviewer. Some people tell you to go into the interview and be 100% honest. Give it a try and let me know how that is working out for you.

Check out the 50 Top Job Interview Questions And Answers.

Keep it simple

Overall, this should not be a very difficult question to answer. Just put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. Do you want to hire somebody who has no aspirations to better themselves? Do you want to hire somebody who is passionate about a completely different job?

Or would you rather hire someone who has long-term goals to learn and grow in the job you are hiring for?

For a world-class interview training, check out Find My Profession today. We don’t tell you what you want to hear, we tell you what you need to hear to get hired. Never search for a job alone again, the professionals are here to help!

  • The Importance of Reading Job Descriptions Thoroughly

    The Importance of Reading Job Descriptions Thoroughly

    When job searching, you instinctively want to skip through most of the description and get straight to the application process. You want to skim through and fill out as many applications as possible. Well, I know first hand how important it is to read the entire job description. It's exactly what led me to the wonderful opportunity I have now.

    Kiara Santiago by Kiara Santiago
    Read On
  • How to Properly Answer Messages on LinkedIn

    How to Properly Answer Messages on LinkedIn

    It takes knowing what users want to read more than what you want to say. Confusing? We explain more in this blog post to turn your LinkedIn messages into positive experiences.

    Steven Lowell by Steven Lowell
    Read On
  • Connecting With Your Next Employer Via Cover Letter

    Connecting With Your Next Employer Via Cover Letter

    Early in my workforce development career, I saw a hot job lead in the want ads. Because of my utmost confidence in my resume writing skills, and expecting to land an interview, I faxed my resume. Sure enough, within 24 hours, my telephone rang. As expected, it was the employer who placed the ad. Here is how you can connect with your next employer.

    Find My Profession by Bill Smith
    Read On
See All Articles