You probably know that when you learn a new piece of information or how to do a task, your brain cells form new connections and patterns. But research has also found that when a new connection is formed, it also strengthens older connections. Not to mention, continual learning keeps you young, and can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other brain problems as you age.
For this reason (and many more), I plan to continue learning throughout my life. If you’ve been wondering if you have the time or the energy to keep learning, here are a few reasons why you need to make it happen:
Make strides in your career
If you choose to learn work-related skills, you’ll be more likely to get a raise or promotion. You’ll also feel more confident and you’ll have more negotiating power and the ability to switch to a similar industry or new position in another company. There are a number of courses by companies like Kaplan.co.uk which help you gain professional skills. These include everything from ACCA to CFA.
Find new hobbies
Have you always wanted to learn a language? There are plenty of excellent YouTube channels, apps, and online lessons to help you. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook? Write a book? Direct a movie? Run a social media campaign? There are plenty of options online, including excellent courses by Masterclass, Udemy, and more. If you’ve been looking for something fun to do in your free time, or you’ve simply always wanted to learn a particular skill, now’s the time to get started.
Prepare for your future
How did you end up in your current industry? If you’re passionate about what you do, continuing to learn can ensure you get the most out of your career. And if you’re hoping to move into another industry in the future, it makes sense to train while you’re still working at your current job so you can stay financially secure while you transition into a new industry.
Sometimes, life can simply get boring. We all get sick of the typical 9-5. When you’re learning something new, you’re breaking up the monotony of your day, and opening your mind to new possibilities. Not only is this great for your brain (as mentioned earlier) but it’s excellent for your motivation and mental health.