With so many changes reverberating around the world, some may feel like they’re not sure what might happen next. Change itself has always been a reliable constant and, while some of that might be driven by uncertainty, much of it is purely a function of life in the 21st century: virtually no one spends an entire career with one employer anymore.
All of this places increased importance on the value of lifelong learning. The best way to prepare for changes –anticipated or otherwise – is to ensure you are as up to date as possible within your field. Technology is impacting our entire society at an increasingly faster pace; keeping ahead of the curve is more important than ever. Whether it’s through formal education, in the workplace, or even an inspiring encounter, we believe there is always room for personal growth and development.
What are the best ways to be a lifelong learner?
- Don’t stop learning. Be curious. Ask questions. Maintain a thirst for knowledge. Don’t settle for less and don’t be content with what you know already. Strive for more.
- Don’t stop growing. Commit to personal growth and continued education. Be on the lookout for new opportunities and new possibilities. And then try them. Make time to think and reflect on the future needs of your profession.
- Don’t stop connecting. Find a professional coach and/or a mentor. Align yourself with other lifelong learners. Expand your circle of positive influence, find a community of practice, build a broad network of professionals and learn from those people.
True value comes not just from what you learn or where you learn it – but in learning how to learn in fresh, stimulating ways. Opening yourself to new and engaging pathways toward expanding your knowledge base is key to career and life success. Canadians understand they will have many careers throughout the course of their working lives, as well as the importance of lifelong learning in maximizing opportunities. The challenge lies in ensuring we are equipped to make those changes. Universities have a critical role in encouraging lifelong learning, anytime and anywhere.
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