Education & Career Trends: June 25, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
Continuing education is the answer to a society that is constantly changing. To remain professionally agile, we should constantly be looking to learn and gain new skills. Improving yourself, staying relevant, and moving up in your profession or switching sectors is what keeps you employable at all times. All this is requires an attitude of lifelong learning.
Each profession and organisation should aim to continuously improve — whether it’s about critical thinking, multicultural interaction, IT know-how, leadership management…the list is endless. If you stop learning, you stagnate and eventually become irrelevant.
What is meant by continuing education?
Sometimes referred to as ‘lifelong learning’, this is an educational term that refers to the “ongoing, voluntary and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons”.
A poor work infrastructure and heavy workload can discourage professionals from embracing change.
Continuing learning helps employees and employers gain know-how and new abilities while they reskill or upskill. It’s a way to ensure that teams and individuals develop new skills to increase productivity, performance and also job satisfaction.
Here are some benefits of continuing education for career advancement:
1. Keeps you relevant
- Maintain your relevance in your industry by helping you stay updated with trends and new skills.
- To stay relevant in today’s quickly shifting technological environment, you must constantly master new skills, be it hotel management or business management.
2. Increases your visibility
- When you’re constantly learning, you continue to improve, advance in your job and begin to obtain referrals from coworkers and supervisors.
- You’ll probably change positions several times throughout your life, and you’ll need to acquire new capabilities to remain consistently employable.
3. Helps you stay agile
- Continuing learning will assist you in adapting to unanticipated changes, such as losing your job and having to rely on new abilities to obtain work.
- You’ll be more comfortable stepping out of your safety zone and taking on new employment chances if you keep learning.
4. Broadens perspective
- Learning new abilities will open up new doors and assist you or your business in finding out-of-the-box solutions to problems.
- Having an agile, trained mind can help with both logical and creative problem-solving.
- By expanding on what you currently know, lifelong learning widens your perspective and alters your outlook.
5. Builds up confidence
- Acquiring new abilities gives a feeling of accomplishment, which boosts self-esteem.
- You’ll also feel more encouraged to take on new duties and start new business ventures.
- You’ll feel more prepared to take on new tasks or opportunities if you know you’ve acquired skills to advance in your profession.
6. Improves leadership skills
- Lifelong improvement helps you build your leadership qualities, which then transcends into inspiring others to continue their education.
- As a result, your working environment may improve.
7. Promotes career progress
- Mastering new talents leads to career advancement outside of your present role.
- It demonstrates your commitment to working diligently, improving yourself, and remaining competitive in the field.
- This makes you valuable not just to your present employer but also to future recruiters.
8. Enriches professional credentials
- Lifelong learning can help you remain on course and updated in your career through frequent training, new certifications, or distinctions.
- It’s the same for companies. You may acquire a new license if you and your team keep learning.
9. Equips you for management roles
- Continuing learning has the advantage of allowing employees to consistently develop their skillsets, thereby preparing them for a higher role within their organisation.
10. Increases productivity and retention
- Today’s business environment is becoming increasingly competitive. Establishing a culture of learning is one method to boost employee retention.
- Being content and assertive leads to increased productivity, which benefits any organisation.
- Employees are more likely to attain personal achievement if they are offered a robust learning and development environment.
- Continuing learning can enable employees to reach their full potential.
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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)