Why is Lifelong Learning Important?
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
― Henry Ford
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
― Albert Einstein
When most people think of learning, they think of formal education, but lifelong learning goes far beyond what you learn in school and college. It’s personal development that aids you in your career and life. At TEL Library, we are big advocates for lifelong learning. It’s one of the main reasons we provide so many free learning resources. But, what does lifelong learning include, and how can it benefit you? Let’s break down these two questions.
What is Lifelong Learning?
There are two types of learning to consider when discussing lifelong learning.
Learning for personal development can look different to different people. For some, this can look like learning a new hobby, whether that’s photography, writing, woodworking, car maintenance, bird watching, or any other of the many fascinating hobbies available. Others may take an interest in a topic like the history of World War II, Quantum Physics, or English Literature. These are all amazing ways to embrace lifelong learning and build a rich and interesting life full of personal fulfillment.
Many people are familiar with lifelong learning for professional development. For many industries, regular continuing education is a requirement; however, even if it is not a requirement for your industry, you should still consider professional development an important element in your own career advancement. Professional development can look very different depending on your industry. For some, it may include taking classes or reading journal articles, and for others, professional development may be as simple as reading blog articles to keep up on the latest trends.
What are the Benefits of Lifelong Learning?
Now that we’ve established what we’re talking about when we say lifelong learning, let’s discuss a few of the benefits you can expect from expanding your knowledge base.
Let’s start with how lifelong learning can help you professionally. This can have an impact on your life in a variety of ways. There is the career advancement aspect. Through lifelong learning, which can include both technical and soft skills, you can build a knowledge base that makes you more valuable as an employee. This can lead to promotions, more responsibility, and a better salary. Even more than that, in most companies, promotions include better benefits such as more vacation time and stock options. These are all pluses that can help to make your life outside of work better.
Lifelong learning is also valuable in your personal life. There are cognitive benefits to lifelong learning. Many scientific studies have shown that continuing to learn throughout your life can help your mind stay sharper as you age. Lifelong learning provides you with a richer knowledge base to draw from when making decisions and opens up opportunities for you to use your knowledge in other meaningful ways. It also gives your life focus and purpose, which can lead to more personal fulfillment.
These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll discover through incorporating learning into your everyday life. If you would like to start your journey to lifelong learning, TEL Library has a host of free online lessons you can choose from. See what we have to offer here!