Title: Career growth and development: the buzzword is continuing education

Authors: Preeti Bhaskar; Amit Joshi; Gaurav Chopra

Addresses: University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Ibra, Oman; ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India ' ICFAI Business School, ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India ' IMS Unison University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Abstract: This paper focuses on the importance of continuing education among employees in information technology companies in India. The study identifies the factors which influence employees for continuing education and its impact on their career growth and development. A systematic survey of the 315 employees working in the top ten IT companies was conducted to accumulate primary data. The analysis of the study stipulates that factors including - financial investment, time requirements for completing the course, employment opportunities and acquiring new skills play an important role among employees for continuing education. This study also reveals that continuing education has a positive impact on career growth and development. With the help of continuing education, employees get professional growth (better career opportunities, job security, salary increment, and promotion) and personal growth (personality development, development of interpersonal skills, development of technical skills and self-confidence).

Keywords: continuing education; career development; professional growth; IT companies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2021.115031

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2021 Vol.14 No.1, pp.39 - 62

Received: 25 Apr 2020
Accepted: 16 Oct 2020

Published online: 14 May 2021 *

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