Most people relate learning with formal teaching at school, college or university. Formal education and the resulting qualifications are important as they may help maximize one’s potential to find better and more satisfying jobs, earn more money and, maybe, become more successful in your career of choice. However, formal “schooling” is not the only type of learning to develop the skills you need throughout life, without discounting the fact that it definitely is a step in the door to getting hired.
Continuous education, however, is about creating and maintaining a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development. Learning for personal development can enable personal growth while learning for professional development can improve your opportunities for employment.
Long-term learners are intentional; they sharpen their skills while they are employed, taking advantage of training, coaching or mentoring opportunities as part of their professional development. In so doing, they become better at what they do, making themselves more indispensable to their current or future employers, who generally look for well-balanced people with transferable skills, which includes the ability to be able to demonstrate that they are keen to learn and develop, even while employed.
Become an Intentional Learner today:
- Stay Motivated
- Acquire information through reading, listening, observing, practicing, and experimenting
- Search for personal meaning in the information you acquire
- Trigger recollection of what you learn; take notes, practice, discuss and experiment with new ideas and skills to help you learn and develop
- Examine your knowledge to help reinforce in your mind what you have learned; keep an open-mind, question your understanding and be open to new information
- Reflect on your learning; think about how and why you learned, including how you felt about a particular topic or situation, before and after you developed your knowledge.
Learn from past mistakes as well as from your successes, and always try to remain positive.
Whatever your age, it is never too late to start. Relying on job permanence for earnings and promotion is not as feasible as it once was. Learn to adapt to changes going on in the work-world and make more of yourself by stepping out of your comfort zones and ideas of how you believe your life is going.
Continually following one’s passion outside of work hours can lead you to get paid for doing what you love, and curiosity in professional development will lead you to develop business and other transferable skills as progress in life, until the point that you can delegate your least favorite jobs.
Wishing you all SUCCESS!