An article in The Economist by Andrew Palmer last week claims ‘Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative’. Palmer advocates that in our ever changing technological world we need much stronger links between education and employment, and that this learning link needs to be refreshed and ‘rebooted’ continually.
Where in the past a university degree or professional qualification was all we needed to step into our chosen careers, today this is simply not enough. Of course there will remain a need for formal, professional qualifications; these are often the precursor for securing a role, but as the environment in which we live and work evolves, with many of our jobs becoming ‘hybrid roles’, so our knowledge and skills must grow; our ‘baseline’ learning needs to be continually topped up, diverted, substituted, broadened, stimulated, and expanded.
So we get why… the question is how?
The great news is there are all sorts of free opportunities, sources and methods available to us, there is learning everywhere – and as a lifelong learner, each and every nugget of learning has the potential to give us growth, development and insight. And by developing our mind-set, ‘noticing’ the learning, and then interacting with that learning, those nuggets have the power to give us so much more.
Why not start or continue on your lifelong learning journey right now by adding your comments on lifelong learning or you could respond to one (or all) of the questions below. Let’s get this discussion going!
And if you are reading this and hesitating to comment, be brave...
Read this post by DPG’s Mike Collins on ‘What makes a lifelong learner’ and as Mike states: ‘You can lurk and consume content to your hearts content but if you don’t give back the job is only half done. Lifelong learning is a two-way process…’
- Do you consider yourself as a life-long learner?
- What do you think are the top 3 attributes of a lifelong learner and why?
- What methods, sources and opportunities can you use?
- How can our community help you develop as a lifelong learner?
- What does (or could) your organisation contribute towards developing its people as lifelong learners?
I really look forward to hearing from you.