When we are in school, we can’t wait to get out. As you received your degree you may have even thought “I am never going to open a text book again for the rest of my life,” and yet there are so many things we can be learning.
Learning is a life long endeavor; and not just new work skills but taking up a new language, learning accounting, social media or even auto mechanics. Education shouldn’t just be for the young.
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty
In a recent article on Women in Business by Ann Gatty she talks about Why Learning is So Important in the Workplace.
As we navigate through life, we continually add new perspectives to reshape the ideas we currently have stored in our brains. In the workplace, we are always refining and adding to what we know. Our knowledge base in the current business climate expands as we add more information, refine our skill sets, or change currently held attitudes. We are always building on what we know.
For women, such a constructive process of learning proves very useful as we transition through successive chapters of our lives. We transport what we have learned from previous chapters into the next chapter and apply that knowledge, skills and abilities to new situations.
If we are open to learning, we make our contributions even more valuable. For example, a business woman who spends all her life in the finance department brings one perspective to the job. However, that same woman who also participates in a marketing event or an inventory or a special retail project now adds different perspectives to her thought process.
When was the last time that you purposefully set out to learn something new; a new work skill, a new recreational sport or a new technology? Do you have the opportunity for cross department training in your organization? Have you participated?
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~Eartha Kitt
Ann says it best:
Learning new information and improving skill sets always keeps a person fresh and current. Keeping abreast of changing ideas and new innovations allows you to stay in the forefront of organizational change.