By Karen Cates.
Going back to school doesn’t have to mean a full-time commitment and a six-figure price tag. But the very nature of our fast-moving economic and labor environment means we can never sit back, kick up our feet, and say, “OK, now I know everything I need to know.” Whether you take online courses, read books, or have regular meetings with people who do the same job as you, continuous learning is a personal mission. It’s a business necessity. It’s a way of life.
Before you go shopping for educational opportunities, you might ask yourself a few questions:
But gaining deeper insights into the workings of business will require a larger investment. At the Kellogg School of Management, we offer three-day to three-week programs designed to address specific and general needs of our executive participants. The National Roofing Contractors Association’s Future Executives Institute (FEI) targets roofing business skills and challenges directly and requires a three-year commitment which includes the ability to attend two to four days of classes, once in the Spring and once in the Fall of each of those years. For these longer programs, not only do participants need to make the commitment, but their employers (and sometimes their employees) need to commit, too.
If you are seeking to elevate your game, why not investigate the possibilities? Do you want to learn specific skills or build your roster of certificates? Consider researching those seminars to help you get started. If you are seeking more generally to expand your business knowledge, it’s never too early to research your options. Offerings will be fewer and further between for in-depth programs, and you may need to make the business case to others in your organization concerning the financial and time resources required.
Continuous learning isn’t just good for business. It’s good for you. As the saying goes, “When is the last time you did something for the first time?” Maybe that time is now.
Karen is an Academic Director and Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management. She has been an instructor in NRCA’s Future Executives Institute since its inception in 2002; she teaches the human resources management track. Applications for the next FEI class in the Fall of 2020 will be accepted beginning in March 2020. For questions about the FEI program, please contact Tom Shanahan, NRCA's vice president of enterprise risk management and executive education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 323-9545, ext. 7538; or Janice Davis, director of NRCA University, at email@example.com or (800) 323-9545, Ext. 7505.Elevating Your Game: Why Training Isn’t Just for Field Employees
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