The Importance of Continuing and Upgrading Your Education
You hear the term ‘Lifelong Learning’ a lot these days and with good reason—the benefits of continuous learning are astronomical. That’s right, we said ‘continuous’. There’s more and more to know and our brains can soak up new knowledge for much longer than we used to think possible.
Continuing your education could mean going back to school, but there’s more to it than that. For instance, the list of things you could do to continue or upgrade your education includes:
- Learning a new skill or trade
- Taking a course in something you know nothing about
- Taking a refresher course in something you DO know something about
- Reading the news to learn about what’s going on in a specific sector
- Starting to collect something and becoming an expert in the subject
- Finishing an education that you started but abandoned (high-school, college, etc.)
We mentioned big benefits above. Think about the possibilities as life goes by:
- Keeping your brain sharp might help prevent memory problems later in life
- Staying up-to-date in your line of work might give your employer the incentive to raise your pay or promote you
- Staying current and fresh in your field can ensure that you have an easier time finding another job if you choose to look for one or if you get laid off
- Learning a new skill or trade can earn you extra money on the side, or even open the door to new opportunities
- Learning a new language can be rewarding when travelling to a country which speaks it, earn you more pay at your job, or get you a new job entirely
- Learning new recipes and cooking techniques is healthy, saves money, and they’re fun to show off to your friends
- Taking courses can be challenging and rewarding and help you live up to your potential
- Having a hobby can relieve stress, playing a new sport can keep you in shape
The fact is, many jobs require that you participate in Lifelong Learning because new methodologies, technologies, and philosophies are developed all the time. Your current or future boss wants you to know the latest.
Beyond the opportunities to move up in or change a career, sharpen your mind, build a skill set, or have fun, there’s this: When you take a class, you surround yourself with people who are just as interested in expanding their minds as you are. And really, isn’t that the type of people you like to be around?
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