When it comes to careers, we have always been told to develop and grow our skills, way before the job becomes obsolete. Rather than remaining status quo, we should remain curious and be willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities to expose ourselves to attend short training sessions as part of our efforts to remain current. This can also mean taking executive education classes.
Executive education classes are professional content-based courses targeted especially at executives & seniors executives who have had a few years of work experience and exposure to said content and are invested in improving their area of specialized knowledge.
Attending such courses has a lot of positive benefits for mid-career professionals:
The content of the classes is developed and delivered by industry experts or a faculty for key members of a team. Instead of sending your staff to an industry event to listen to 30-minute sessions from their peers you have the benefit of a comprehensive educational program designed to educate and leave a blueprint for the team to follow.
Communication and workflow improvements are often experienced after such executive education programs since they act as team-building exercises. In addition to the individual learnings, attendees are challenged to problem solve as a group through shared and learned experiences.
Improve Bottom Line
The group dynamic of problem-solving real business challenges, guided through the practical learning and moderation of an education and industry expert, drives real-world results. The theory shared at traditional sales and marketing conferences is replaced by an actionable marketing plan the entire team can follow immediately after graduation.
It’s one thing to stand up in front of a group of peers sharing your thoughts and experiences; it’s another to develop a custom training program designed to specific learning outcomes that have an immediate impact on the business. Further, practical experts deliver a program based on real-world experience (successes and failures) and can answer questions based on that practical experience beyond their understanding of marketing theory.
Expand Your Network of Connections
A corporate executive education program is delivered by industry experts and attended by talented and like-minded professionals keen to expand their knowledge and connections. This evidently gives someone who wants to be in the know a competitive edge over someone who is uninformed and unconnected.
Considering pursuing a full degree, but want to try a single course first
With the number of free, low-commitment educational resources available to executives online today, it’s no surprise that skepticism creeps in when considering the necessity of additional academic or professional degrees. Ultimately, only the student himself can decide whether another degree is a worthwhile investment. For some, sampling the field with a single course can help in that decision. In addition, business schools offer executive education courses that are certificate-track, should he end up deciding to continue on that path.
While as professionals, we cannot predict every challenge our businesses and jobs will face, we should always be preparing ourselves to tackle the unknown. There are plenty of executive education courses that will keep us ahead of the curve and stay ready to rise to the occasion in new and unfamiliar waters. And we should seriously consider growing ourselves before our skills become obsolete.