Interested in Continuing Education

28 January 2011

BI students believe that continuing and further education will have a great effect on pay and career opportunities. This is reflected in the annual student survey conducted by BI Norwegian School of Management.

"Recent studies show that you, as an employee, are still on the lookout. Increased competence always looks good on a CV. More self-confidence and a stronger academic foundation is the result in most cases," says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian Business School.

Record-breaking growth

BI Norwegian Business School experienced an increase in further and continuing education student in 2010. From 2009 to 2010, the number of students taking a Master of Management at BI Norwegian Business School increased by 11 per cent.

The 2010 student survey shows that 8 out of 10 students believe that an education from BI Norwegian School of Management will be important to their pay and career opportunities.
85 per cent of students taking an Executive MBA also believe that the education will have a very large impact on their job satisfaction.

More self-funded students

In 2007, 7 out of 10 further and continuing education students at BI Norwegian Business School had their studies partly or fully paid for by their employer. Despite less willingness by employers to finance studies during the past few years, many people still decide to pursue continuing education.

"Many people find that the changes in working life lead to a need to position themselves." According to Colbjørnsen, the primary value of continuing education is to strengthen people's future careers, at the same time that it reduces the risk of being passed over by newly-educated co-workers.

About the survey:

The survey was conducted in September 2010 among 3,419 further and continuing education students at BI Norwegian Business School. The response rate was 47 per cent. BI Norwegian Business School currently offers courses, online courses, part-time programmes, and Bachelor of Management, Master of Management and Executive MBA programmes as further and continuing education.

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