The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic have caused immense challenges for staffing at companies and organizations across the United States. Coined “The Great Resignation,” the mass exit of employees across many major industries has surmounted to 4.3 million people leaving their jobs in August 2021 alone (U.S. Department of Labor). Employees must determine if their pre-pandemic career still aligns with their goals and personal needs as we enter 2022. This paper will discuss the motivational factors and theories for adult learners returning to education as an outlet for personal growth and career advancement. As online and blended learning programs increase, digital credentialing platforms are presented as a strategy for adult learners to embrace as part of their career advancement goals.

Authors: Kaylee Bloom, Barry Boyer, Sindy Santos, LaDelta Williams, Raymond Francis

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2022

  • Date of Conference: 21-23 June, 2022
  • DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2022.0022
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-49-5
  • Conference Location: Virtual (Mississauga, Canada)