Rebel relaxes a bit???
Friday, February 05, 2016
OK then -- didn't mean to imply by yesterday's rebellious blog about mandatory professional education updates that I don't enjoy learning.
Read constantly. Engage in professional boards. Prepare stuff for others in relation to those boards . . . Attend meetings, provide presentations etc. etc. All helps keep me up to date.
Every year spend many many more hours on self-study than the minimum required by my regulator. Cheerfully, willingly. I am in fact insatiably curious. Intrigued. Engaged. And of course don't want to miss something new that would make a difference for a client.
Not the problem for me, not at all.
It's the frankly insulting presumption that I wouldn't keep up to date unless compelled to do so that annoys me. Upsets me. Irritates me.
I don't shop at Costco. Because (at least here in Canada) every Costco customer is stopped at the door and the receipt checked against items in the cart to make sure that he or she hasn't stolen anything. And -- I would not steal anything anywhere. If the cashier at the convenience store gives me too much change, I return it. (Nothing unusual about that, I know: most people would).
But I won't shop anywhere where the presumption is everyone could be a thief. And I don't much care for the presumption that I need to be compelled to keep up to date with my professional learning.
Not even mentioning that this mandatory professional education costs quite a bit of money. Which of course I pay for myself. And that the mandatory professional education is quite often poorly delivered . . . yesterday, a 10+ minute delayed start, a mumbling presenter who mispronounced key words and was difficult to hear and who seemed unclear on the facts. And that of course I also lose time from doing my own work while I engage in the mandatory professional education: needing to sandwich in responses to people who have urgent concerns during the short breaks . . . . . and staying later than usual to provide more replies at the end of the day.
Whereas my own self-study can and does take place evenings and weekends on my own time and schedule when I don't need to be doing something else. And not even mentioning how awkward and time-consuming entering the required mandatory hours into the regulatory "portal" can be and is. Multiple passwords and "security questions" and then the time entered recorded inaccurately and . . . GAHHHHHH!. Which is why I generally just enter the bare minimum, without recording all the additional stuff I actually do.
But: do I like to learn? Yes yes yes, I believe I mentioned that I do!!! And do I like what I do? Absolutely, hope never to retire.
Actually I guess I'm not as relaxed about this as I thought . . . still rather rebellious. And I can see from responses to yesterday's blog that a number of people here share my unfortunate rebellion!!
Oh well oh well oh well. Did not overeat from stress!! And I've ploughed my way through quite a bit of what I'll need to record for "this year". After which I can continue to get on with what I actually need and want to keep on learning.
The learning part: love it, really.