Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Ford didn’t have much in common, but they both knew the value of being a lifelong learner. When you gain knowledge or experience, you become more productive. Greater productivity not only means a greater level of efficiency, you also become more valuable to not only your employer, but every other employer as well.
The knowledge within every industry doubles approximately every two or three years; however, with technology, the timeframe is much shorter. So if you aren’t keeping up, you’re becoming obsolete. Scary, right? The good news is the availability of learning opportunities online, in the classroom and from local experts is growing just as fast – especially in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
From formal educational opportunities to informal meetups and interest groups, you’re sure to find like-minded individuals in the community. The many startups and entrepreneurs combined with multiple colleges and universities ensures a diversity of interests as well as a depth of interaction and knowledge to be gained.
The economic advantages of improving your mind are reason enough to pursue additional education, but the benefits to your overall health have also been widely documented. According to John Coleman in his article “Lifelong Learning is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet and Your Social Life” in Harvard Business Review, lifelong learners increase earnings, reduce their stress levels, neutralize cognitive decline, improve memory function and expand social engagement.
That’s great! But where do you start in the today’s vast educational market? Here are some ways to find what you need most regarding professional and personal development.
- Get honest feedback from your manager and co-workers for improvement areas.
- Discuss opportunities with teammates.
- Review classes and speakers at local colleges.
- Research professional organizations for leadership and business training offerings.
- Ask friends and family for ideas and feedback.
- Find opportunities that fit existing hobbies.
- Explore a new hobby or interest.
- Review local meetups, book clubs, hobby groups and outings.
Remember that the most important thing about choosing an educational opportunity is to find something that interests you – even if it’s outside your industry or personal comfort level. This will not only keep you engaged, but ensures you will gain the most benefit.
Fargo-Moorhead is a community dedicated to formal education with a multitude of universities and colleges; however, there are many less formal opportunities to expand your mind as well. So expand your horizons and potentially gain some profits in addition to emotional and social benefits at the same time.
- North Dakota State University
- Minnesota State University Moorhead
- Concordia College
- University of Mary
- University of Jamestown
- North Dakota State College of Science
- Rasmussen College
- Minnesota State Community & Technical College
- Dale Carnegie Training of North Dakota
- Fargo Flight School
- United Way of Cass Clay 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership
- FMWF Chamber of Commerce Business Training
- FM Chamber Leadership Program
- Moorhead Community Education
- FMWF Chamber of Commerce Women Connect
- FMWF Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
- Girl Develop It
- Nerd Nite
- Fargo 3D Printing Meetup
- Fargo-Moorhead Content Strategy Meetup