Importance of continuous learning of new skills for someone in mid-career
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When it comes to learning, the sky’s the limit. Before stepping into the professional world, in the middle of it and even after the end, the importance of continuous learning must never be overlooked. Most people associate learning with formal education at school, college, university and so on. From an early age, we are told that we should ‘get a good education’. And that’s where the real essence in learning is restricted. Learning new skills in mid-career opens many doors for you and you might just see yourself from a million other perspectives.
The treasure of knowledge can be picked up and skill-sets developed anyplace and at any time – learning is unavoidable and happens virtually all the time, whether we realize it or not, whether we intended for it to happen or not. Nonetheless, lifelong learning is essential as it is all about creating and maintaining a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development.
Lifelong learners are motivated and driven to learn and develop not because they are MADE to, it’s because they want to. To them, learning is a deliberate and voluntary act, and they take immense pleasure in it.
Continuous learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, because the world around us is constantly changing for the better (and for the worse). It also provides us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life.
There is a common belief that continuous learning and keeping your mind active throughout life may delay or halt the progress of some forms of dementia, though there is actually very little scientific evidence to support claims of this kind. However, keeping the brain active does have obvious advantages associated to it since learning can prevent you from becoming bored or having no sense of fulfillment in life, and thus enables a more rewarding life at any age and any stage of life and career.
Continuous learning can reveal new opportunities to broaden and extend your experience beyond the job. Besides, learning solely for the sake of learning can be very rewarding. For instance, learning in any context will be very beneficial in the following aspects:
- It boosts one’s confidence, self-esteem and view of life
- It makes us less hostile toward risks and more adaptable to change when and if it happens
- It helps us set bigger goals and achieve a more satisfying life (both personal and professional)
- It challenges our ideas and beliefs which in turn helps us grow
- It can be great fun.
Learning of any sort can be amazingly satisfying, and so, must not be stopped at any time. It will encourage you to reach higher and work toward making all your dreams come true. No one can do that for you, only you can.
About the author:
Arash Imani, P.Eng, ASQ CQA
Quality/Manufacturing Process Engineer
Arash Imani is a life-long learner, a Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario and an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA). He has experience in the Medical Device and Automotive industries as a Quality and Manufacturer Process Engineer. You can check his profile at linked in here.
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