In Recareering, What You Learn Today, You Earn Tomorrow

6 years ago

To stay competitive in the workforce, you have to continually invest in your education –- especially if you're making a career change. Or as former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman likes to say, "What you learn today is what you earn tomorrow."

Herman was labor secretary from 1997-2001 and currently is chair and chief executive of New Ventures LLC, a corporate consulting firm. She also serves on the boards of Coca-Cola Co., MGM Resorts International and other major U.S.companies.

Education is important for someone going through a career change because it's a way to keep your skills fresh and pick up tools you'll need to prepare for the future, Herman shares in this installment of Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series. "It's also teaching you patience to take the time to invest in your future through learning, through continuous education, through training," she says.

Changes in family life and the workplace are making it more difficult to do the full-time school thing, whether for an undergraduate degree or to prepare for a new job or career. That's giving a boost to online learning, which offers more flexibility, Herman says.

Watch the video to hear more of Herman's thoughts on the value of education, life-long learning and flexible learning programs:


Kaplan University provides a practical, student-centered education that prepares individuals for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( It serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

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