You may not miss eating Ramen noodles everyday, but you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you have completely forgotten every aspect of the student lifestyle. Students learned and studied everyday - something that is essential for you to do if you want to be on top of your industry. This article highlights some of the benefits of continuing your education and a few of the venues available to you to continue learning about your chosen profession.
Why Be Life-Long Students?
Add more legitimacy to your business. We have all met people with advanced degrees that, for all the years they spent as students, really aren't worth much in the real world. But people like to know that the people they are working with know what they are doing, and more often than not education is the indicator they look for. Just because you do not have a Master's or Ph.D. does not mean you can't demonstrate the level of education people trust. Join professional organizations or seek certification in the industry you work with. At the very least, being able to talk the talk will go a long way in letting people know you are competent and trustworthy.
Become an industry leader in your community. If you're running a small business, it is likely that your reach does not extend beyond the local area where your business is located. The internet has gone a long way in expanding the boundaries within which you can successfully operate your business. No matter how big your business reach is, staying abreast of changes in your industry in absolutely essential to maintaining a successful home business. Continuing education can be the edge you need to become the industry leader in your area. People naturally flock to the business they trust will do the best job for the best price.
Where Can I Continue Learning?
Local and Community Colleges likely have classes available in a field related to your profession. They are typically very willing to work with continuing students, and the classes they provide can often rival university courses. Even if you can't find a course in the exact field that you're working in, there are always business classes available.
Online college courses often have more classes available in more diverse fields. One of their greatest advantages is that they allow students to study at their own pace and at their own convenience. Prices vary between schools, but are typically very reasonable. Courses taken online may apply toward a graduate degree.
Online articles are often replete with cutting-edge information on just about every topic. A simple Google search on your chosen topic plus the word "article" can yield pages and pages of material. Take everything you read online with a grain of salt though, especially if you don't know the qualifications of the author. Though you may not be a student in the traditional sense of the word, reading online articles can help you stay abreast of changes in your industry and get ideas for future research.
E-books offer the same advantages as articles while providing more in-depth information. Authors of e-books, because of the time investment involved in writing them, usually have a higher standard of qualifications; again be cautious with how much merit you give any information without consulting more authoritative sources. E-books are typically more inexpensive than regular books; depending on your industry, they may even be free.
Industry and company websites often serve as portals to huge amounts of information. The information presented often comes from scientific or statistical studies, so the level of reliability can be greater than other sources of information online. If you're really strapped for time, finding a website you like and going there each day can save you from having to spend the time to search the internet for new information.
In the end, continuing students are those people who take time each day to provide the best service or product that they can. Spending just 20 minutes each day reading online can go a long way toward that goal.
Nick Smith is a client account specialist with 10x Marketing - More Visitors. More Buyers. More Revenue. For software that helps students organize notes and information, check out Agilix GoBinder.