Just because school is over doesn’t mean the learning has to be too! In today's highly connected society the value of life-long learning and benefits of developing a new skill have never been more apparent. Learning makes us more interesting people, broadens our perspective and can give us a leg up in the workplace. It has even been shown to improve brain function, leading to longer and happier lives.
Not only is the idea that learning ends when schooling does diminishing but, thanks to technology, the way in which we learn is dramatically transforming too. The route to knowledge has never been easier or more accessible thanks to the convenience of instantaneous access to information through the Internet. Many people now opt to move from the traditional classroom atmosphere to flexible online courses that can fit around busy lives.
Educating yourself in new concepts and skills can lead to significant boosts in self esteem and confidence and can allow you to grow both personally and professionally by challenging ideas and beliefs. It can help you achieve a greater sense of satisfaction in your personal life, makes you more adaptable to change and most of all, it can be incredibly rewarding and fun! This is why it is important to prioritize creating time in your life to learn. It doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be formal and it definitely doesn’t have to be boring – life long learning is about pursuing what interests you and following your passions.
It has been said that the secret to success is to never stop learning so we’ve found some ways you can make that possible:
- Work out how you learn: There are so many different ways you can up-skill these days that it only makes sense to choose what works for you and your schedule. More of an auditory learner? Invest in an audio book or listen to podcasts about your interests while going for a walk or driving in the car – not only will you be gaining knowledge, but by multitasking you will be saving time! Learn through physical activity rather than listening or watching? You might be a kinesthetic learner, so attending a fun class or workshop such as Dancing or Cooking would probably be best for you.
- Utilize technology: Technology is a wonderful thing. There are many courses you can take online and apps you can download to help learn almost anything - whether it be work related or simply something you have never had the time to try, technology can make learning accessible and easy. The possibilities are endless and with many sites offering up their wisdom for free, learning doesn’t have to be costly either!
- Attend a workshop: Find an interesting and quirky workshop you would love to attend and go for it! Workshops are a great way to get hands on experience as well as a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. Websites such as work-shop let you know what is running in your area and offer a huge array of short courses. From small space organic gardening to communicating with confidence, there are classes out there for practically everyone.
- Look around you: Not all learning has to be done through taking a class or joining a workshop, there is plenty of learning you can do every day simply by paying attention to the world around you. Read a paper, browse the web for interesting articles, even a conversation with a friend (or someone you've just met) can teach you something new!