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How To Continue Learning After College

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death” – Albert Einstein

Education does not have to stop after graduating from college. You can still go back to college and study whatever you want to learn and master if you want. But if you do not have means and much spare time to enroll to a university, you can still find education all around you and sometimes it is FREE.

There are a lot of continuing education programs available online where you don’t have to go and sit on-site. You can also choose when to study on your own preferred time. 

  1. Take online courses. All you have to do is sign up for an online course to any program that you are interested in to develop your skills. The best thing about this is that most of the online courses are completely FREE.
  2. Join book clubs. Motivate yourself back to reading books by joining a book club. You will also have a chance to discuss with your club members about your thoughts and what you have learned after you have finished reading the book.
  3. Attend lectures and readings. Some museums and bookstores host readings and invites speakers or authors to discuss their books. If you have a favorite speaker or artist, you may visit their websites and social media pages to check for their upcoming lectures or conferences so you can attend on the event.
  4. Watch webinars and other educational videos such as TED talks which offers 18-minute or less powerful talks and covers almost all topics: science, business, global issues, and more.
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Why is continuous learning important?

Challenging yourself with new skills and knowledge will not only make you mind sharp, and enrich your life, but you can use what you have learned to enhance and be advanced in your career.

Here are some reasons why you should not stop learning:

  1. Higher pay. Most employers offer bonuses and higher pay brackets to their employees who are continuing their education while they are still working for their company.
  2. Upgrade your skills. Learning new skills of what is in demand in your line of industry will help you broaden your career opportunities.
  3. Helps you with your career change. If you do not want to settle on a job that you don’t like, you need to find or move into a new career.  Learning new skills that you can use on your next career will help you be prepared to take on new tasks and responsibilities.
  4. Keeps resume up to date. You will be more employable if the skills in your resume are relevant and current to the industry you are in. 

If you are returning to school, it is important that you understand the real reason why you want to go back to studying and plan what additional education you want to take and if it would be relevant to your career path. By doing this, you would feel more satisfied after you finished your additional education.

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About The Author

Esther B.

Esther B.

Esther is a writer whose work focuses on career and personal development. She has also been YourTango’s Expert Partner where she wrote articles mostly for women to encourage them to have a meaningful life and healthier relationships. Her articles were constantly in YourTango’s weekly top ten for highest number of page views and her works have been featured in MSN and POPSUGAR. She also has almost 8 years of experience working for top publishing companies (Wiley and Cengage Learning) helping authors publish their books and research papers. When she is not on the computer, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen busy looking for snacks to eat.