Why is Lifelong Learning important?
Lifelong, continual learning is vital to our existence, the undeniably critical fuel for our minds to grow. The continuous process of learning sharpens critical skills that help us serve, lead, and innovate. Today’s time calls us to compete in a space of increasing globalization, rapidly evolving technologies, and the shifting employment landscape. In an ever-changing world, a single area of proficiency will not be enough; to thrive we will need to stimulate creativity and curiosity while we adapt.
But in an age of accelerating change, when even the most sophisticated skills are quickly outdated, we will find many allies in the developing world who are coming to understand that the most important skill anyone can learn is the ability to go on learning.
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate
Atlanta, GA, April 18, 2008
What does it really mean to be a Lifelong Learner?
Although it is true that knowledge is all around us and can be acquired anywhere, lifelong learning is a deliberate and voluntary act. The act of acquiring knowledge through various forms of education is not enough any longer; in addition we must engage with that knowledge, feed our curious nature with new learning, and desire to evolve into the next version of ourselves with it. A lifelong learner very intentionally, with a growth mindset seeks knowledge. When we continuously learn, we are motivated to build skills which can lead us to new opportunities in our professional, business, and personal paths—preparing us to excel in an ever changing landscape.
How do I become a Lifelong Learner?
Through the launch of this portal, we want to focus on specific areas that are of highest importance in the current times:
- Growing our business
- Finding a new job/role
- Enhancing leadership skills
- Learning pathways and skills for the future (coming soon)
As we explore this portal and lifelong learning further, here are some tips to navigate us:
- Prepare for the unexpected by staying relevant: To adapt to unforeseen changes and operate effectively in a rapidly changing technological environment, we must continuously learn new skills and sharpen current skills.
- Position our careers/businesses for opportunities in a digital and technological economy.
- Build new competencies to boost your confidence and your profile:
- For those who are fortunate to be in a career they enjoy, lifelong learning, especially if done deliberately in terms of acquisition of relevant and meaningful information can make you indispensable to your employer or facilitate faster promotions, larger salary increases, or just more transferable skills in anticipation of your next move.
- For those out of work, engaging in your own development has never been easier or more cost effective. Democratized access to knowledge puts brand new skills within reach that were previously inaccessible without physical presence or a significantly large investment of time and capital.
- Learn something new every day.
- Be on the lookout for resources to help support your learning and skill enhancement journey.
- Always have a curious mind. Explore different topics and don’t be afraid to ask for clarity. Be inquisitive—people who will help and support you in your journey.