Keep up in Today’s World, Never Stop LearningFebruary 22, 2023
Want to increase your chances of getting and keeping a good job? How about increasing the odds of advancing in your career over time? As you plan for your career, keep in mind that increasing your education and expanding your skills with lifelong learning will increase your chances of getting and keeping a job in the future.
Learning is power. And it does not need to end when you get a diploma. I’m talking about seeking new things to learn and new ways to learn in all aspects of your life. (Maybe that is why they call it lifelong learning.)
In years, or perhaps decades past, holding a degree or a certificate was enough to qualify for many high-level jobs. While it is still absolutely necessary for many jobs, employers these days are focused on much more than just your formal education.
Employers want their employees to have skills, to be able to do certain tasks, and to learn quickly if they don’t have just the right skills for the job.
There is so much to learn from other aspects of your life outside of formal education! For instance, you can learn organization and leadership skills in so many ways. Here are just a few examples:
- Organizing a group to perform a service for your community
- Coaching or officiating in a youth sports league
- Tutoring students or mentoring youth in a community organization
- Asking someone with an interesting hobby to teach you about it
- Teaching others about something that you love to do
If you embrace a lifelong learning attitude, and seek ways to create new learning opportunities, there is a good chance you will become inspired and inspire those around you. Who knows? You may discover a new love for learning as it's fueled by the passion of your dreams.