Experience vs Executive Education. What works for you?

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Most professionals, especially at mid-management & senior levels, believe having several years of experience in their area of specialization is sufficient to sustain in a demanding and ever-changing business environment. But the bitter truth is that with high growth and globalisation beckoning India Inc., just significant experience in one’s field is not enough. There’s a need for continuous upgrading & learning new skills more than ever before. A mere on-the-job training alone may not be able to fill the knowledge gap but a formal education or course is the need of the hour. Graduation Scroll and Book Stack

An Executive Education is the way ahead. It not only opens multiple avenues for professionals who might feel stuck in their current role but also adds depth to their existing knowledge. But even with innumerable advantages of an Executive Education, most professionals at senior levels have still not warmed up to the idea of getting back to learning. They feel the real-time experience they gain in their jobs is enough and better than any training given in an Executive Education programme. In addition, many don’t want to go through the challenges that come with a course, like lack of time and juggling between work & attending classes. However, the scenario is now changing with flexi-timings (at the corporates’ end) and personalised courses offered by various institutes that leave individuals with a lot more options to choose from.

Thanks to the dynamism of various industries, an individual can now opt from a wide range of courses customised to their specific needs. Be it flexibility in terms of time or job requirements, there is no dearth of courses available for professionals from all walks of life.

Although there are multiple reasons why an Executive Education has become indispensable in a professional’s career, the 3 most important ones are:

  1. Increased Productivity An executive education program is meant to enhance an individual’s potential to achieve more at work. It encourages professionals to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that are aimed at the overall growth of the organisation. An individual is far more prepared to take on and combat challenges in the way of their productivity. It inculcates a sense of positivity and time management, two key ingredients for professional & personal growth.
  2. Builds self confidence For an organization to run smoothly, it’s important for its employees to feel motivated and upbeat at all times. A drop in self-confidence of an individual could mean decreased productivity and eventually ending up as a liability for the company rather an asset. Executive Education not only helps improve one’s knowledge but also the overall personality, including inter-personal and management skills. This in turn increases the confidence level and output of the individual.
  3. High return on investment What you spend of gaining knowledge never goes in vain. The return on investment is guaranteed. Executive Education not only enriches one’s knowledge & skills but also instills leadership qualities pertinent for management positions. In the long an executive education can take you a few notches closer to leadership roles.

Do you believe experience is enough to cope with the ever-changing needs of a corporate environment or would you enroll yourself to an Executive Education programme that can add more value to your existing knowledge & skills? Leave your thoughts below and let us know what most mid & senior level professionals think.

We’re all ears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

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