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Why study all your life? What is Lifelong Learning and why lifelong learning has become important

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The World Economic Forum report saysthat by 2025, 44% of the skills employees need to perform in their jobs will change due to rapid technological advances. That's a hell of a lot of outdated skills that need updating. According to the same report, 85 million jobs will be closed due to robotization, but the same process will stimulate the creation of 97 million new jobs. "By 2025, companies will divide work equally between people and machines. The demand for functions that use human interaction skills will grow. Machines will focus mainly on data processing," the study says. From all this it follows that people who once received an education and no longer updated their knowledge are unlikely to be able to successfully develop in a changed world. To adapt to new conditions, people will need a skill like Lifelong Learning. About what he means by himself, we will talk in this article. Why study all your life?  What is Lifelong Learning and Why Lifelong Learning Has Become Important - 1

Robotization and raising the retirement age: why is lifelong learning important?

It is believed that the term "lifelong education" was first used in 1968 in the materials of the General Conference of UNESCO. Lifelong learning refers to the process of gaining knowledge and mastering new skills throughout your life. Many people continue their education for personal development and self-fulfillment, while others see it as a step towards career advancement. Over the past fifty years, constant scientific and technological innovation has had a profound effect on the understanding of learning. Learning can no longer be divided into the place and time for obtaining knowledge (school) and the place and time for applying the acquired knowledge (workplace). On the contrary, learning can be seen as something that happens constantly as a result of our daily interaction with other people and with the world around us. Allen Tuf, Canadian educator and researcher, claims that almost 70% of educational projects are self-planned. According to the Global AgeWatch Index report, by 2100 the number of people aged 80 years and over will increase more than sevenfold, from 125 million to 944 million. Already, workers aged 55 and over remain in the workforce and do not retire until they are 60 or even 70 years old. The realities of the labor market have changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Changing professions multiple times has become as commonplace as working in the same field throughout life 100 years ago. The technological transformation of almost every aspect of our economy means that we must all learn new skills and knowledge at a pace and scale never seen before. But what skills? Companies need not only technical assistance, but also intellectual dexterity.The Strada Education Network analysis of over 36 million job postings, resumes and social profiles shows that in the first half of 2018 the most in-demand skills were leadership, research, communication, writing and problem solving. Combined with technical knowledge, these unique human skills will continue to be even more relevant in the future than they are now. The most valuable workers now and in the future will be those who can combine technical knowledge with human skills and adapt to the changing needs of the workplace, according to a Pew Foundation study.

3 reasons to keep studying after university

  • Get a job or develop it

Workers who are constantly learning are more competitive in the job market and less likely to fall behind in the face of automation and a changing work environment.

  • Helps the brain stay healthy

Recent research has shown that learning keeps brain cells functioning at optimal levels, which may limit cognitive and memory decline with age. The best part is that learning can take place in any form. As long as we gain new knowledge, we keep our brain healthy.

  • Helps you stay satisfied

Many people learn throughout their lives because they enjoy it. Studies have shown that lifelong learning has a good effect on a person's self-realization.

What is continuous learning?

There are many ways to participate in lifelong learning, depending on your goals and needs. Here are some examples:
  • Formal lifelong learning takes place in universities and academic institutions. Such training may lead to formal recognition in the form of a degree (eg bachelor's degree, postgraduate).

  • Self-paced learning allows you to control the pace and/or path of learning. This, in particular, is online training on the Internet, which helps to learn a new profession or gain knowledge in the current one (for example, on CodeGym).

  • Vocational training usually includes the following options:

    • practical classes and seminars at the workplace;
    • trainings, seminars and conferences sponsored by professional associations;
    • TED Talks, YouTube, podcasts, magazines, articles, books and blogs related to the professional field;
    • networking with other professionals and mentors to keep up to date with trends affecting your professional area and/industry.
What type of lifelong learning do you prefer and why? Looking forward to your opinion in the comments ;)Why study all your life?  What is Lifelong Learning and Why Lifelong Learning Has Become Important - 2