As you will come to find, I am a firm believer in education. I am graduating with my master’s degree today and I am truly torn up about it. I continuously find myself wanting more… but as we all know, an education is expensive… and frankly, I just don’t have that kind of money. As I reflect on my education, I realize that as much as I said, “I can’t wait to graduate” I really didn’t mean it. The fact is, I love school, I love learning, and I love the value education places on a person. It truly is something that no one can ever take from you.
If you are on board with me with education, here is a list of 5 ways you can become a lifelong learner!!
Go back to school
You are probably thinking, “Duh.” We all know that a college degree is pretty much essential in today’s working world. However, for some it is not possible to return to school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that approximately 60% of people are employed in the U.S. However, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 36% of people in the U.S. possess a bachelor’s degree or higher. What does this tell us?? You really don’t NEED a college degree to obtain employment.
Yes, the education enthusiast said a degree is not a must. But, that doesn’t mean that you can just sit at home and expect to gain meaningful employment… There are other means for obtaining “education” Keep reading!
Take classes at your local community college
The statistics above only address those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. By taking classes at your local community college you can cut the college time in half and obtain an Associate’s degree. These degrees don’t mean lesser value. In fact, one of the fastest growing industries usually only requires an individual with an associate’s degree… Information Technology.
Participate in a certification program
Speaking of community colleges, most offer a multitude of certificate programs. Research community schools near you!! Use the link below to find one that suits your needs!
Find a book of interest (of course one related to your career, or future career) and read it! I came across an article somewhere (I wish I would have saved the link to share with you…) that discussed the value of soft skills in today’s world. As a recruiter, I can also vouch that these skills are definitely taken into consideration during the process. Reading books is a great way to acquire soft skills.
I highly recommend this book by Peter Northouse. It is very inspirational, and includes many activities to find your leadership style.. AND it t isn’t only for upper management types! If you aspire to enhance your leadership skills (and want to include a new soft skill on your resume), this book is a must read!
Subscribe to newsletters, blogs, and other media
In today’s world, we are all very busy… and I get that there may not be enough time to do any of the aforementioned items. To grasp some quick information and/or skills, consider subscribing to newsletters, blogs, etc. You usually are offered special articles, or even webinars, to increase your learning in your area of interest. There is market for everything. So, if you are in a unique career, or are planning on switching careers, and want to learn more… Google it 😉 You are sure to find the information you need!
So, whether you want to gain a degree, personal skills, or just some passing knowledge… remember these educational suggestions and take the step to becoming a lifelong learner!