Lifelong Learning….

Hi Readers!!! Welcome to my blog.. Today I am not going to discuss or talk about technical tools/ technology but something which everyone must inculcate in their life.

Let me start by asking one question to all. What is learning? Most people associate learning with formal education at school, college, university etc. It is said that “Ignorance is Bliss’. If that be the case, one may wonder why people seek knowledge. This is because ‘Knowledge is Power’. Acquiring / up gradation of knowledge is known as learning.

Generally speaking it is true that a formal education and the resulting qualifications are important. Education may maximize our potential to find better, more satisfying jobs, earn more and, perhaps, become more successful in our chosen career. However, ‘schooling’ is only one type of learning. There are many other opportunities to further enhance knowledge and develop the skills you need throughout life. We progress through life we learn many valuable lessons, many of these lessons tend to have a profound outcome on the type of person who we eventually mature into.

The above definition is true but the best definition is defined below. This definition is based on Delors’ (1996) four ‘pillars’ of education for the future.

  1. Learning to know – mastering learning tools rather than acquisition of structured knowledge.
  2. Learning to do – equipping people for the types of work needed now and in the future including innovation and adaptation of learning to future work environments.
  3. Learning to live together, and with others – peacefully resolving conflict, discovering other people and their cultures, fostering community capability, individual competence and capacity, economic resilience, and social inclusion.
  4. Learning to be – education contributing to a person’s complete development: mind and body, intelligence, sensitivity, aesthetic appreciation and spirituality.

Knowledge can be acquired and skill-sets developed anywhere – learning is unavoidable and happens all the time.  However, lifelong learning is about creating and maintaining a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development. Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and develop because they want to: it is a deliberate and voluntary act. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life.

Classification of Learning

Formal Learning : Formal learning occurs within institutions established primarily to deliver education and training, often leading to recognized outcomes and qualifications. Ex: College, High School etc.

Informal Learning : It can occur almost anywhere, but as a by-product of other activities. It is often unplanned and without explicit emphasis on learning, yet may still lead to the acquisition of valuable skills, knowledge and attitudes. Ex: Clubs, Playgrounds

Why learning???

There does not need to be a specific reason for learning since learning for the sake of learning can in itself be a rewarding experience. But there are two main reasons for learning throughout life:

  1. For Personal Development :
  • To increase knowledge or skills around a particular hobby or pastime that you enjoy.
  • To develop some entirely new skill that will in some way enhance your life – take a pottery or car mechanic course for example.
  • If you’re planning a trip and want to learn more about the history and culture of your
  1. For Professional Development :
  • Take advantage of training, coaching or mentoring opportunities and work on your continuous professional development as you will likely become better at what you do and more indispensable to your current or future employer.
  • Learning something new can pay-off with new opportunities which might not otherwise have arisen.
  • Putting the time in for extra learning brings its own rewards.
  • From a financial point of view, a more highly skilled and knowledgeable worker is an asset to any company and can lead to faster promotion with associated salary increases.
  • Someone who can offer more expertise will be of more value not just to employers but also to customers. Expertise is also, often, a key quality of an effective leader.

The bottom line is that, whatever is your life path, there are a numerous amount of unanticipated benefits to continual personal and professional development. Whatever your age, it’s never too late to start.

Thank You for reading my blog

Keep learning new things!!!

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