By Matt Gill, BWC Training Director
At the age of 70 Michelangelo stated, “Stu Ancora Imparando!” which translates to “I am still Learning.” Clearly he understood that learning is not a onetime event or class but rather a continuous lifelong endeavor. Today’s workplace is constantly changing. Continuing education is required for workers to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required for their fields. Like most others my age I joined the workforce out of college and began my career. But clearly what I have learned since joining the workforce is hundreds of times greater and more valuable than what I ever learned in school.
I think back to the days when I shared a telephone with three other employees (two of whom smoked at their desk!). I had a typewriter, a stapler, some pens and paper and the copier was down the hall. I contrast that to what I am doing today…. Working on a spreadsheet to finalize my budget, trying to stay on top of my email, preparing a slide show for a presentation tomorrow and blogging about the importance of continuing education! And oh yea my boss just sent me an IM and wants me to send her some documents ASAP. Technology has changed the workplace immensely and those who do not stay abreast of these changes quickly become obsolete.
Certain professions also require continuing education to comply with laws, remain licensed or certified, or maintain membership in an association or licensing body. Overall, continuing education is considered a way for professionals to keep abreast of their fields so they don’t lag behind. Can you imagine if your doctor didn’t stay abreast of the latest medications and advances in his field? Scary right?
At BWC we have several credentialed professionals working in a variety of classifications; nurses, attorneys, certified case managers, safety consultants, ergonomists and industrial hygienists to name just a few. Our training department offers opportunities for our credentialed employees to keep up with the latest education requirements and latest trends in their professions throughout the year. They also work to provide continuing education opportunities for Ohio employers and their employees in 15 professions as part of the 2016 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.
OSC16 offers more than 200 CE approved sessions free of charge. Check out bwc.expoplanner.com to see a complete list of CE types under “View sessions” then choose “Search by CEU type.” This year we have added several medical profession CE certifications, as part of a new addition to OSC16 called the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium. Now chiropractors and physicians can receive CE credit for attending, which is added to a list that includes but is not limited to RNs and rehab (CCM, CRC, CDMS).
I encourage all employees to take advantage of these types of learning opportunities. Whether it is required or not, education is an important part of career development and job satisfaction. It can boost confidence, lead to career advancement and helps us all stay abreast of the ever-changing technologies in the workplace.
Hope to see you at this year’s congress and I say to each of you, Stu Ancora Imparando!