The “Continued Education” Skill

The “Continued Education” skill is simply the ability to constantly learn new techniques, master changing technologies, keep up with changes in an industry, and the like. Perhaps it is not a “skill” per se, but actually a “discipline.”

A good example is that of a woman who became an MD and a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She spent years doing surgeries such as hysterectomies, myomectomies (fibroid removals), Caesarian sections, and the like. When laparoscopic minimal invasive surgery was developed, she had to relearn various techniques to adapt to the changing nature of the medical profession and, sooner than she suspected, had to convert from laparoscopic methods to the more minimal invasive robotic techniques. This took constant training beyond the normal quarterly certifications and testing that was required to maintain her board certification.

While this is a more technical example or continued education, thousands of other examples can be cited and even more imagined because of the changing nature of doing business in general, with technological advances, the emergence of new industries, and computer applications that replace those otherwise done by hand or by some other method.

The point is that learning never stops if one seeks to keep current in this ever changing world; and the pace is accelerating.

Here’s a tip: Here’s a tip: GET GOOD AT THE CONTINUED EDUCATION SKILL! It will serve you well in your career as well as your life.

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