Set Your Learning Path for Life

By Lawrence Aft posted 04-17-2018 07:58:04 AM


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

Whether you are an ISE novice or a seasoned professional, ongoing learning is essential and a key ingredient to fulfillment in all aspects of our lives and livelihoods. A steady diet of learning is our very own continuous improvement regimen that will help us excel personally and professionally all the while making a difference in bottom lines.


So, where do you stand on your learning spectrum? Like anything else we pursue, we need a plan to go after our goals and achieve them.


Take a look at this relevant article in the April issue of ISE magazine: “Lifelong learning – ordeal or opportunity?– Engineers of the future must increase their knowledge of technical subjects and soft skills by Richard E. Crandall and William R. Crandall.


Here is an excerpt:


It is not surprising that lifelong learning should help us perform better at our jobs, whatever our position. The more we know about what we are doing, the more skilled and effective we will be. As a result, we will provide better products and service to our customers. This realization will lead to greater financial gains for our organization and ultimately to ourselves.


But that is not all that lifelong learning can do for us. If we do a better job, our fellow workers will also benefit, and we will receive their increased gratitude and cooperation. Who doesn’t want to be a good employee and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they are making a positive contribution to our organization and to society?


Lifelong learning can also help us in our lives outside the workplace.


As IISE training director for many years and an industrial engineer for even longer, I urge you to read this article and set or adjust your continuous learning path. Make sure to review and update it periodically, keep it fresh and don’t be afraid to make necessary, bold course corrections along the way. Learning is truly a lifelong process.


Luckily, learning opportunities are abundant and one central source is your very own international IISE Training Center. Scan the center’s courses as you set your lifelong learning map with individual, team, corporate, in-person and on-demand options to meet your needs, on your schedule. As an IACET authorized provider, IISE offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. Some courses include an exam and certification as part of the course fee, which is reduced for IISE members.


Good luck on your continuous learning journey and contact me if you have any questions along the way!


Larry Aft, P.E.
Continuing Education Director, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers