Chapter Corner

Forever a Student

Posted in: Editor's Column, March 2014

As we mature and find our true passion in life, the word learning begins to take on a new meaning. For so much of our lives learning is a necessary task that we do to become more educated and prepare ourselves for a career. We take English, Math, and History to fulfill requirements and increase basic intellect. When the time comes for a student to choose a career path, they select classes that will equip them with the proper skill set.

Oftentimes, when a person begins taking classes solely dedicated to the career in which they have an interest, their participation increases. For example, when I took Algebra in high school, I understood the importance of the class and why the skills were needed and did relatively well academically. However, when I took Introduction to Public Relations with Dr. Anthony Peyronel at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, it changed my life.

In the Introduction to Public Relations course, I was fully engaged and constantly thought of ways I could use the theories in the future. I went beyond what was required for the class and did additional research. I had a craving for more information and that was the indication that this was exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Additionally, once the passion for a field of study is discovered, the learning is continuous. That drive to be a better professional will lead a person to increase their knowledge and technical skills. This is one of the many reasons why IEC members attend continuing educatiuon courses at chapters across the country - it is also the reason I went back to school to earn my Master's Degree.

One of the new offerings from IEC for the continuous learners is the Electrical and Systems Training Series (ESTS). With everything from Leadership to Blueprint to Electrical Theory, these courses can help electricians at all levels. For more information on ESTS, see the advertisement on the inside of the back cover.

Lessons are not always in formal setting. There are times that a conversation with a colleague or trial-and-error can teach something that is not found in a book. A good blend of classroom work and networking can help a professional acquire more and more knowledge to set them apart in the workplace. This is why IEC offers three National Conferences that combine classroom sessions with informal networking time.

Regardless if a person is 22 or 62, a truly dedicated professional will never stop learning.

If you want the most up-to-date information, stay connected with IEC National by "liking" us on Facebook, joining our group on LinkedIn, and "following" IEC National on Twitter. Also, follow our new company page (Independent Electrical Contractors) on LinkedIn. For more on IEC's social media presence, turn to the advertisement on page 23.