Just because you have completed college does not mean you should stop learning! Lifelong learning is the secret to success in both your career and personal life.
You might be finished with one degree, but here are some reasons why you should keep challenging yourself with new knowledge and skills in your adult life, both to improve your career and to achieve personal goals.
1. Enhance Your Career
Once you are hired, you are measured as a professional by how capable you are to carry out duties and how effectively you can learn. You may not be given the homework as you were in school and university, but doing the homework is a professional mandate if you want to advance faster.
Those eager to learn and willing to take on extra assignments for what it will teach them are more likely to head for the fast track.
2. Develop a New Career
It is almost impossible to find the perfect career path right out of college, but that does not mean you should settle with a job you do not like.
Transitioning careers can be daunting, especially if you do not have the skills or experience in the new role. Some organizations offer on-the-job training, but most professionals must pursue the training of their own.
You can take a class, do an internship or assist in a consulting capacity with peers in other fields. The successfulness depends on your ability to learn.
3. Update Your Skills
For graduates, it is important to keep the skills and knowledge up-to-date. This might be as simple as paying attention to what’s new happening in your industry and what new skills are in demand, or it may involve further training.
Some employers may arrange the opportunity for you, or otherwise you need to choose a course for yourself to improve your career prospects.
4. Learn Practical Life Skills
Besides the professional knowledge we acquired in college and work, it is imperative that we also build our “street-smarts,” such as negotiating a salary, discovering how to improve financial credit, or managing the insurance and benefits.
Building these practical skills can help you make wise decisions in real-life situations and improve your personal life.
5. Keep Your Mind Sharp
Studies show that mental facilities are best protected when they are used often. Also, older people who continue learning and keep their minds active are much less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.
6. Set a Good Example for Your Kids
If you want your own children to further their education, show them how you do it instead of simply telling them to do so. Not only will it help you accomplish your goals, but it will help your kids reach their goals as well.
7. Learning Keeps You Healthy
You may overlook how learning can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but it absolutely does. For instance, learning something about nutrition will help you improve your diet and take better care of your body. Learning a new sport or game helps you develop a healthy lifestyle. Learning about time management habits can prevent you from having stress-related illnesses.
8. Enrich Your Life
Aside from the various benefits in developing your career and personal life, the most important benefit to continue learning after university is the fulfillment you can get by learning something new. Human beings are born curious and eager to know.
9. It's the Fast Track to Success
Great people never stop learning. If you settle back and believe that you have learnt everything you need to know about your career, you are more likely to lose out to competitors who have a passion for learning.
10. Boost Yourself into a Higher Pay Bracket
Many employers offer pay incentives and rewards bonuses to those employees who continue their education while being employed. This is also a great way for employees to show their initiative and gain an edge over their co-workers when it comes time to choose someone to promote.
Any other reasons you can think of to keep learning after you graduate college?
About the Author: Yuan Liu is a freelancer who has recently joined an online course on Public Relations. For her, this is a new way to pursue knowledge and enhance her career.