So you finished your studies, got a job - mission complete!
Learning is good for you in so many ways, both professionally and personally. You might not have to go to classes and buy textbooks anymore (though maybe you should) but don’t give up on learning totally if you want to thrive. Here’s why:
Learning new skills for the workplace can make your resume stand out and help you progress in your career. Whether it’s a new technical skill related to your job, or a “soft skills” course like management, or effective communication, these will show employers and prospective employers that you are motivated, flexible and open to change and improvement. Seek out opportunities for training either from your employer or on your own - there are so many free learning courses online now and check local community centres for example. Don’t forget to document all you learn too.
Willingness to learn in the modern world is a must-have skill. With ever faster technological change and a less secure job market you need to be prepared to take on new challenges and stay up to date.
Learning new skills and information promotes well-being. It’s good for your brain and keeps you young.
It can help you meet new people. Whether you want to make new friends, broaden your horizons or make some good useful business contacts, learning something new with other people can provide you with that opportunity. You can develop and enjoy your new skill with people who you have something in common with. Collaborating with them can also make both or all of you better in what you are practising.
- Staying stuck in your comfort zone can be demoralizing and isolating. And put you at the back of the queue - nobody wants to be out of date.