Why Continued Education is Essential for Senior Level Professionals
We’ve all heard the old adage, “never stop learning”. But although many people attend college or university, seldom few set foot in a classroom again after their mid-twenties when they graduate.
While retirement age is still 65 in Canada, the reality is that with longer life expectancies, most adults will need to work longer before retiring. Especially in this modern age of rapidly advancing technology, keeping on par with the latest tech tools is imperative to staying relevant. Whether it be an excel course or something more industry-specific, upgrading your knowledge will keep you competitive in the workplace.
Realizing Full Potential
More relevancy can also mean more opportunities for promotions or advancement! Successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk have one thing in common – they deliberately invest time in learning new things. Committing to lifelong learning is the best way to optimize your career potential and achieve personal fulfillment.
Maintaining Brain Health
Studies show that keeping cognitively active can reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s later in life. Even self-directed learning – such as through an online course or reading a book – can help to maintain cognitive functions later in life. Research goes as far as to indicate that continued learning can increase life expectancy!
There are numerous resources at your disposal to continue your education; You could look for courses through your HR department at work, or pick up a book and teach yourself. This summer, commit to learning something new in your field of work or pursue something completely different that you are interested in learning more about – it’s one of the most important investments you can make for yourself!