How To Continue Learning After College
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 continue learning after college and find education all around you. The good news is, sometimes it is FREE.
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death” – Albert Einstein
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
Watching 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.
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.
It is important that you learn new skills of what is in demand in your line of industry to 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.