A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will support this need and how can higher education help?
Associations usually focus the marketing of their education and credential programs on the individual learner. But your educational programs have two target audiences: individuals and the employers who pay for or encourage their continuing education.
Think of employers as the influencers who can help persuade members and prospects to register for educational programs or apply for certifications. They have the power of the purse. They also have the power to hire, promote, and fire. They see where existing and prospective employees are deficient. In fact, 92 percent of business leaders think Americans aren’t as skilled as they need to be, according to the Adecco State of the Economy Survey. 59 percent said the U.S. education system was to blame for gaps in workforce skills.
Associations can help bridge that gap. Become your industry’s educator of choice by partnering with member employers. Invite them to be on an advisory board that identifies skills gaps in your marketplace. Employers who help you design credential programs are more likely to send employees to them. Your association becomes an extension of corporate training.
Read more: https://www.membersuite.com/blog/meeting-employer-and-member-demand-for-lifelong-learning
Investors Business Daily says you can no longer “front load” your learning.
- lets you earn more over the span of your career
- makes you a better leader
- benefits overall psychological well-being
“We achieve greater fulfillment by constantly improving ourselves,” Coleman said.
Learn more: https://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/lifelong-learning-boosts-pay-health-improves-health/
This essay addresses 6 ways pharmacists should continue learning:
I firmly believe that overall pharmacy knowledge should increase over time and that your “peak” as a professional, if you are committed to continual learning, should be your last years of practice. There is no reason why you can’t keep up with new drugs, changes in labeling, and other trends after graduation, with pharmacy school faculty members serving as good examples of this.
Being an experienced and knowledgeable professional does not happen by accident, but rather takes time, dedication, and a strategy. Here are some tips to help you in developing your strategy to not only keep up with the profession you worked so hard to enter, but also to excel in your journey of lifelong learning.
Read the 6 ways: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/alex-evans-pharmd-cgp/2019/01/how-to-continue-learning-after-graduation
It’s called the “4th Industrial Revolution” and lifelong learning is a key to making it happen.
COUNTRIES face two moving targets in the coming decade which is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and raise national skill levels in order to survive and thrive in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Read more: https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2019/01/455085/lifelong-learning-must-4ir
Even massage therapists benefit from Lifelong learning. This article notes that ongoing education is motivated by oneself, not by other people.
Biologically, as higher-order, thinking mammals, we possess the innate ability to be lifelong learners, and we also possess the cognitive framework to choose whether we want to learn a particular subject or not.
Read more: https://www.massagemag.com/continuing-education-massage-therapists-114360/
Six years ago, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were unveiled as a potential solution to the “cost-disease” of higher education. They provided access to free educational content from top-rated universities to anyone with an internet connection.
After the initial euphoria, a new model of MOOCs has emerged: well-designed, low-cost, certificate-bearing courses. The main difference? Instead of free statements of accomplishment from MOOCs, learners can now earn an affordable certificate to signal competence in a new skill.
The evolution of this new MOOC model — let’s call it the Credential-Earning, Lifelong Learning Online (CELLO) model — is concurrent with the development of the new reality: Workers can now hold a dozen or more jobs during a working lifetime. Can these workers go back to college every time they transition to a new job? No.
The need for lifelong learning to sustain one’s career is more important than ever, and these CELLOs serve an increasingly vital purpose in filling the educational gaps between graduation and your next job.
Read The Hill article: https://thehill.com/opinion/education/422338-education-must-meet-the-needs-of-a-flexible-workforce
2018 was just another year, like any year, according to Denver Bingski D. Daradar in Business World: “It was difficult. But the difficulty, I suspect, was partly caused by our unwillingness, to a greater or lesser degree, to change, our paradigms of the world, learn new things, and acquire new skills and competencies.”
Lifelong learning is essential to operate and grow in the business world. It may be time to revisit old assumptions, to discover new ways of working with new generations.
“May 2019 be a time for new learning, and, beyond a life of survival, be a year of flourishing! Happy New Year!”
Read it all here: https://www.bworldonline.com/the-necessity-of-lifelong-learning/
In Wales, the expression ‘lifelong learning’ is often used as umbrella term for forms of learning which fall outside the school system. However, there is no universally accepted definition of the expression and other terms may also be used, including ‘further education.’ Here are some of what it encompasses:
- further education
- adult and community learning
- apprenticeship policy and delivery
- youth and adult employability policy and delivery
- workforce skills development