It's pretty easy to get jaded about our experiences at work. A lot of people tend to treat the education that we need to acquire to perform our jobs with a bit of disdain. I have heard people say "It doesn't work like that in the real world" or "you have to throw out everything you learned in school". There's dozens of popular sentiments that generally imply that education is not terribly useful when it comes to the actual jobs we have to perform.
I understand why people say these things because no amount of education can prepare us for the odd situations that come up when we are out in the field. There are real life situations that can happen that are impossible to replicate in a classroom.
I do believe though that education is very useful, especially in a quickly changing world. The internet is fairly new and many aspects of the electronic transfer of information are yet to be properly regulated. This is just one reason why professionals have to be up on things. The way we negotiate contracts and agreements will be greatly affected by the laws, rules and regulations that are now being created. Privacy issues are already hot topics of conversation, and that's not going to change in the near future.
Yesterday I attended a course in Cobourg about The Agreement of Purchase and Sale. It was time very well spent, and even though I do try to keep up on these things, it's very helpful to actually attend the course so that I can reinforce some of the things I already knew and learn a whole bunch of new things.
The instructor was Active Rain's very own Brian Madigan, so not only was it fun to go and meet someone in person who I know from the internet, I was looking forward to picking up some knowledge that I can use on a daily basis. Understanding each and every clause in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale is important, and occasionally a client (one of the ones who actually reads the entire agreement) will ask me something. Now I won't have to make things up, I can answer with confidence. Just kidding, I didn't make things up, I'd just change the subject really quickly.
Brian's blogs are always well written, and he is extremely knowledgable about the legal aspects of real estate matters, I guess it helps that he's a lawyer. I would definitely recommend this course to agents, even very experienced agents who have been using these forms for years. It's surprising how much useful information we can pick up, and this information may go a long way in helping us stay out of the court room.
I know a lot of agents who get their 24 education credits every two years, but see it as an obligation rather than an opportunity to increase their knowledge. I really enjoyed picking up these 3 credits, and if Brian is ever offering a course in your area, I'd really recommend going and getting some credits, learning some handy information and meeting Brian.