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Am I eligible for continuous learning?

After high school, I enrolled in college the following year. Unfortunately, I dropped out two years later as I could not afford to continue paying the high college fees.

After doing menial jobs for some years, I the business that I have been running for the last ten years. I have overheard my employed friends talk about continuous learning for career growth, and I am wondering if it can also help business people like me. What is continuing education? What are the continuing education requirements?

Carlton Burgess

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Daniel King on May 1, 2018

Continuous-learning differs depending on the angle that you attempt to look at it. However, in general terms, it may be described as the constant expansion of knowledge, abilities, and skills for personal or career reasons.

Therefore, whether you are employed, self-employed or unemployed, life-long learning is essential. For careers such as healthcare and law, new developments are commonplace. In light of this, there is need to learn and adapt.

Continuing education is more of learning beyond your certificate or degree to enhance your professional skills. CE courses offer credit and certificates of completion.

I would say that requirements for continuing education depend on your area of expertise. For example, license holders in professions such as healthcare are required to take a specific number of CE hours every two years or with each license renewal.

However, for your case, this may not be so. You may take business-related courses tailored to your own enterprise goals. Since your primary goal is to enhance your skills rather than obtain credit hours, the accreditation is not as important as the relevance of the course.

Requirements are a non-issue in your case as you want to learn out of choice rather than any mandatory reason. Instead, you only need to know how you can go about it.

Guideline on starting CE:

  •    Evaluate your business needs: if you have managed your store for that long, it is highly unlikely that you do not know your business needs.
  •    Assess your personal goals: these can be related to the business or your own life.
  •    Research on relevant courses: by this, I mean those related to your business and personal needs. You can find them on the Internet. Do not look at the price first, instead, look at the quality of the lessons.
  •    Match goal and need to specific programs: identify programs that are most suited to your objectives.
  •    Narrow down two or three options: make your pick. You may end up with more than one option. From here, you may choose to pursue all of them or proceed to the next step to narrow down further.
  •    Assess the creditability of chosen courses: from the options, assess their credibility by comparing and reading reviews. Reviews are based on people’s opinions and may sometimes be biased. Employ additional methods of assessment such as mode of study, presentation of study material, certification, depth of explanations and course cost.
  •    Finally, start learning

Ronald Miller2 years ago

I agree with this view. Constant self-development is essential for career and person growth. If you don’t grow, you can never really achieve your full potential. This fact is especially so when you are running a business whose performance depends on your input.

However, when you dwell on the requirements for continuing education, you can never really start. It does not matter if you has gone to college or not. I can guarantee that there is something for you. I would recommend that you do a self-examination to know where your weaknesses lie to plan how you can work on them.

There are hundreds of free and paid CE lessons online. Most universities have online platforms for CE in business and other fields. The good thing about these programs is that it takes a few hours to complete and you can spread learning time to fit your lifestyle and preference.


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