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  • Writer's pictureClaire Edwards

Continuing Education for Small Business Professionals

In early March, I'll be attending a 10-hour 2-day course for continuing education as an amicable divorce professional. I really feel I have to push myself to attend because it's an out of state offering. As a result, I want to share some driving reasons why it's essential for me, as a small business professional, to attend this and other continuing education offerings.

Continuing education is a cornerstone for the growth and success of business professionals. Additionally, there are some professions that make continuing education a mandatory component of licensure.

Skill enhancement. One of the primary reasons to attend continuing ed is to show I'm actively seeking opportunities to update my skills and knowledge. This helps me remain competitive in a landscape marked by constant innovation and new technologies. For this upcoming continuing education adventure, I'm focusing on the "Certified Amicable Divorce Professional" designation.

Adaptability. I seek to be equipped with the latest insights and methodologies to navigate change most effectively. Regardless of what the speakers/sessions have to offer, I will walk in with an attitude open to change. I will be able to learn circumstances, environments, and conditions from a chair, which will prepare me for new experiences in the office (let's stay out of the courtroom!). Finally, I'll be able to adjust my approach and strategies to align with the most important values other amicable professionals bring to the table.

Career advancement. The most fulfilling career trajectory I can imagine for myself is back to back consultations. If I focus my training on amicable divorce work, that allows me to meet with individuals and/or couples to determine their interests and quickly offer them practical and legal solutions. I can keep the client out of court and offer them a smooth transition into single life.

Networking opportunities. I'm one of those people who picks up on others' personalities just by sitting at a table with them. Just by sitting in a room with them. I try to remember names and interests of those I meet at conferences and meetings. This small talk can lead to interactions and meaningful connections. Sometimes networking goes farther than small talk and leads to partnerships or even an internal broader understanding or growth of my part in my industry dynamics.

While my upcoming seminar will focus on the legal industry, I have found other education for myself as a small business owner to be especially helpful. I've found topics such as finance, marketing, management, and operations are essential to learn more about and stay abreast of developments within for business success. It can strengthen me and, in turn, my business, to attend conferences on entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic planning.

Finally, there are other professionals who benefit from mandatory continuing education. For example, medical professionals need to stay updated on the latest medical advancements, treatments, and regulations. IT professionals may engage in continuous learning to stay relevant. Teachers and educators have mandatory education to enhance their teaching methods and incorporate new educational technologies. Law enforcement personnel face regular continuing education seminars to ensure they are following the proper procedures and using the best equipment for their work.

Overall, the common threat of continuing education is that learning is a lifelong process and is vital for professional growth and success.

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