After more than a dozen years at school, it can be tempting to take a break from studying. Of course, you can’t entirely avoid acquiring new skills or insights over time. But there are several reasons you should make a point – here are 11 of them.
- Fight against boredom
For starters, stagnation is pretty boring. You may find that your daily tasks are no longer challenging – learning can help you make progress. Even if you’re not studying a new subject or embarking on a new career, you can watch TED lectures online or take a free internet seminar to get a new perspective. Or you can learn new skills to change your routine.
- Feel happier
Not all tasks are airy. In other words, learning can be a frustrating process, but the result is so rewarding. When you’ve achieved your feat – say you master a tough new skill – you will no doubt be happy looking back at the road you took to get to where you are. The more ambitious you are, the happier you are.
- Be a good example
Imagine if your kids don’t feel like doing their homework or they feel defeated by a tough school project. Knowing that their parents are studying – and they are not giving up – is so inspiring for children. If you praise the benefits of continuing education, your brood will see school the same way, study longer, and seek better, higher-paying jobs as they grow up.
- Keeping up with technology
Technology is always evolving and continuing education gives us the tools to keep up. If you are behind working hours, enrolling in a course can help you in the long run.
When you master today’s technology, look to tomorrow and learn those skills too. It will help you feel more secure in the workplace and in your daily life, where it looks like everyone is a tech professional.
- Become indispensable at work
As you are always learning, you will be able to roll better with the punches. Your adaptability only increases your worth to those on your team. Your bosses will take note of your ability to learn and use new skills as well, and this could benefit you in promotions and other occasions.
- Better at solving problems
Constant learning will add more tools to your arsenal. When faced with a problem in the future, you no longer need to approach it the way you always did. Instead, you can try a new solution based on what you’ve learned. Your ingenuity could help you solve a problem with a new method to solve a similar puzzle across the board.
- Picking up new hobbies
A solid work-life balance has so many advantages. You are more productive and more committed in your job. While it is partly your employer’s responsibility to provide you with decent working hours, vacation time, and similar benefits, you can maintain your personal life by engaging in hobbies. Those that you take the time to learn – think cooking, sailing, martial arts, knitting – will challenge you and help you feel fulfilled in your home life.
- Help others more effectively
Even if you are not a teacher, learning will make you a teacher. If you are able to teach skills to others, you will know that you are a master in any field you have studied. And your good deed is sure to evoke other benefits – your students will eventually become teachers too.
- Feel more modern
We have already touched on the diffusion of technology and the value of learning these ropes. Additionally, keeping an eye on everything from the news to pop culture to comedy and the arts will make you feel in touch with the times. Learning does not have to include a skill – reading, observing and experiencing culture also count. So pay attention to trends or areas that you don’t fully understand and make it your business to brush them up.
- Keep your brain active
It’s not technically a muscle, but you should be training your brain like one. As you open your mind to new ideas and improve your arsenal of skills, your mind will stay fresh. In fact, a study by the University of California at Irvine found that learning can ward off memory loss and other age-related decline.
- Radiate trust
Feeling shy temporarily is one thing, but an everyday lack of confidence is an issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. Continuously learning and improving your skills is a surefire way to increase your self-esteem. Even if you find yourself out there trying something new and failing, you will improve your confidence as you realize how easy it is to jump back in a different, better way.
Let it go
These are just 11 of the many reasons why your education is worth pursuing no matter how you do it. So, go to class, crack a book, or get your hands dirty – it’s time to study.