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Build Career Skills without Starting Over

September 29, 2020 by Karen Grossman |

Certificate with sealIf you want to start a new career or develop new skills to advance in your field, you don’t have to start over. A graduate certificate is a great way to build on the knowledge you already have, adding to existing skills to create a specialized skillset.

Develop New Skills in Your Field
UNC Greensboro offers nearly 20 online graduate certificates, from education to information technology.

Learn skills in grant writing and volunteer management with the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Develop core leadership skills essential to health care, such as planning, staffing, and health care accounting, with the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Administration. Or learn demand and supply planning and execution in a global environment with the online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

Gain a Competitive Edge
A graduate certificate is a smart choice for expanding skills with a professional focus. It can give you a competitive edge in a field where you already have experience. You may already have the necessary degree for a position, but a certificate can provide specific expertise.

The valuable skills you gain will help you stand out in the job market, preparing you for a new job or a promotion. A certificate is also a good way to stay up-to-date in your field and develop the new skills employers want.

Make the Most of Your Time
Completing a certificate takes less time than a degree program, so there’s not a big time commitment. And because they’re online, graduate certificates are convenient for working professionals. With no set class times, you can do the coursework when it fits your schedule.

A graduate certificate can also be an efficient way to help you decide if you want to pursue another degree, and you can earn graduate credit in the process. Some credits you earn in a certificate program may count toward a master’s degree. Check with The Graduate School for requirements.

Quality and Reputation
How do you know if the graduate certificate you’re looking at stacks up? Many universities offer quality online programs. You’ll want to make sure to get your graduate certificate from an accredited institution. That means your credits may count toward a master’s program if you decide to pursue one later.

Be sure to look for reputable faculty, too. UNCG offers the same knowledgeable professors online that you’ll find in face-to-face programs.

Find Your Way Here
Explore our graduate certificates to see if one is right for you.

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