Never Stop Learning

Lady reading a book outsideWe have spoken a number of times in the past about the importance of education. After all, we are teachers and apart from education being our livelihood, it is also our passion. Nothing pleases a good teacher more than seeing his students graduate successfully and make his way into the working world without much ado. But we’d like to emphasize the importance of lifelong learning. After you’ve received your college degree do not take it for granted that this is where it all stops. You still have the rest of your life ahead of you and the Lord alone knows how long you will be living.

Prepare yourself for the real job for life

Today’s sociological and economic circumstances should compel you to consider higher learning in order to enhance your career prospects going forward. Those who are fortunate enough to attain entry-level jobs after college graduation soon learn to regret their acceptance that this may be their job for life. In today’s climate, it rarely is. Where job security is concerned, your perceived good fortune may continue for a number of years. But not much else changes.  Why is this?

While you may have (short-term) job security, security in many other areas of your life tells a different story. Your wages or salaries or not likely to increase substantially for you to enhance the quality of your life, provide your own children with a higher standard of education or make generous long-term savings for your future. This is due to a number of sociological and economic factors. Economically, the country remains challenged with near-zero inflation and interest rates, and sluggish gross domestic product and job growth generally. Across States, there are some exceptions.

Re-educate to improve the quality of your life

To emphasize the importance of further learning, we are going to picture a broad-based scenario. In order to find meaningful work and to survive, many migrants, cross-border and from rural regions, are trekking to urban environments at increased rates every year. But while this is not noticed, mainly because the numbers are so small, there are people moving in the opposite direction. Ask anyone who has had the opportunity to take a holiday to country towns. Did they tell you how happy the townsfolk seem to be?

And because they are far removed from urban centers, rural townsfolk have prepared themselves well ahead of time. Well-educated and having been through the mill where careers are concerned, these middle-aged to senior (pension) aged folks, have taught themselves new skills and attended workshops to equip themselves with these skills. It would not be unusual to see a former college professor or business administration manager handle a large, multipurpose wood lathe during the course of his building exercises, whether for domestic or commercial use. For folks such as these, quality of life turned out to be more important than just having a job to go to everyday.

In order to improve their quality of life, not just their bank balance, these well-educated men and women, re-educated themselves and relocated.

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