The Importance of Continuing Education

Continuing education is important for both personal and professional growth.

One of my favorite quotes reads, “The pursuit of knowledge is never-ending. The day you stop seeking knowledge is the day you stop growing.” In every industry there are different paths you can take to establish you career. Though you will never be an expert in all fields in your company, you do have the ability to become highly knowledgeable in your personal area of interest. That’s why it’s important to seek new information and gain knowledge and skillsets to benefit you as you grow in your profession. Continuing education courses facilitate the learning process and can have a huge impact in helping industry professionals to grow in their specialized areas of expertise.

By expanding upon your knowledge base, you can build up on your established skillsets.  Continuing education is one of the best ways to do this. Continuing your education is important for both your professional and personal growth. New developments and technologies are emerging daily, requiring us to obtain new skillsets to master these constant changes. Pursuing a path to continuing your education will ensure that you are keeping up to date with changes in technologies and trends. The pace of change is faster than ever, and without further developing your skillsets, you may get left behind the industry standard. Think about your knowledge like it is currency: the older it gets, the less it is worth. One dollar can’t buy you the same thing as it may have 25 years ago.  Likewise, the knowledge you can gain on a topic in your industry has advanced tremendously in the past 25 years.

Advancing your skillsets will put you in a position to lead, influence, and mentor others, benefiting your workplace as a whole as you develop yourself personally and professionally. Accessing these skills will help you develop competence and gain understanding on the impact you have on your company. You will then be in a place to make meaningful contributions to your department or team. As you influence others in your team, they may begin to seek out ways in which they may continue their education to improve upon their knowledge and skillsets too. Overall, the team as a whole will start to create a more efficient and effective workplace.

As you move through your career, you will accomplish goals and spread the knowledge you’ve gained through your experience. Just remember, there will always be something new to learn. By continuing your education, you will have the ability to provide products or services of the highest quality. You will meet and even exceed the expectations of those around you if you continue to gain knowledge and expand your skillset. Continuing education is a surefire way to facilitate constant personal and professional growth.



Rick Workman, DMD

Founder, Former CEO and Active Chairman, Heartland Dental

Rick Workman, DMD, graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980. After starting his own practice, he set out to create a world-class dental support organization that would relieve the management burden for dentists by offering them an array of non-clinical administrative support. Today, Heartland Dental is the largest dental support organization in the country. In addition to being the founder of Heartland Dental, he is also the past president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations. To read more about Dr. Rick Workman, click here