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What is Lifelong Learning and how it can help your Professional Career


In the current job market, new terms occasionally emerge that need to be known by those who want to stand out. Thus, it is important to know what lifelong learning is, a concept formed by continuous learning and constant improvement.


The job market is looking for more and more engaged people, who always want to evolve. Therefore, demonstrating proactivity about training itself is a way to achieve professional success.


Interested in the subject? Keep reading that we will present some information about lifelong learning, how it can be applied and what the benefits are.

Good reading!

What is Lifelong Learning?

Despite being a new term and its discussion is on the rise, the idea of always being evolving and seeking personal improvement is already very old.
Generally speaking, although there is no standard definition of lifelong learning, it is generally considered to refer to learning that takes place outside a formal educational institute such as a school, university, or corporate training.
In the current scenario, this posture is essential. After all, changes happen quickly and the skills accumulated throughout life are important to ensure a good adaptation.


What are your pillars?

To understand it better, it is necessary to understand the need to develop the learning skill. Thus, it is based on four pillars, which indicate what to learn:

– Learning to know: it is necessary to expand what is known voluntarily and not as an obligation, that is, taking pleasure in the learning process;
– Learning to do: practice is essential to improve your skills, so it is important to put knowledge into practice;
– Learning to live together: one of the most efficient ways to learn is living with the other and continuously learning from this coexistence and the consequent exchange of experiences.
– Learning to be: and finally, learn to appropriate everything that was learned, incorporate it into your personality and pass it on.


How to apply Lifelong Learning?

Curiosity is an important criterion to adopt Lifelong Learning for your life, however, it is also necessary that there is a systematization of learning. In this case, it is interesting to have a plan of what you want to achieve and become a lifelong learner. Here are some tips:

– Reflect on your interests:
Your learning may be connected to your career, but also to other aspects of your life.
Reflecting on your intentions helps to outline the best path to adopt the concept, it is also worth considering the matters of interest to you.
After all, in lifelong learning, you need to enjoy learning and, if you don’t like the content, you will hardly develop this enthusiasm.
– Structure the learning objective in your life:
Fitting a new learning goal into your busy life takes consideration and effort. If you don’t make the time and space for it, it won’t happen.
This can easily lead to discouragement or complete abandonment of the learning initiative.
Plan how the requirements of the new learning initiative might fit into your life or what you need to do to make it fit. For example, if learning a new language is the learning goal, can you make time for an hour a day? Or does 15 minutes a day seem more realistic?
Understanding the time and space you can devote to the learning goal can help you maintain the goal for the long term.


How can this help with professional development? 

For companies and individuals, the continuous search for autonomous knowledge, developing a critical sense and considering new approaches to what they learn, brings benefits for life, changing the way of seeing and acting.
Among the Millennial generation, the search for this maintenance of learning already indicates that 93% of this group is willing to make their investments to keep learning continuously. Going far beyond formal education


What benefits can it generate? 

In addition to the professional advantages, this type of posture brings important benefits to personal life. Allowing, for example, you become aware of your strengths and weaknesses to better deal with the challenges of evolving.
Best of all, regardless of your age and circumstances, you can ensure that your learning never stops. Life will never stop teaching, so you must never stop learning.
Peter Drucker, one of the most influential thinkers on management, once said, “Knowledge is choice.”


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