By DeVry University
September 28, 2020
4 min read
September 28, 2020
4 min read
As you continue to move forward in your career, you might be planning and evaluating your goals and even envisioning yourself in your future role. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? And how will you ensure you develop the skills you need in order to get there?
For many, the answer is lifelong learning. But exactly what is lifelong learning and how can it help you achieve your goals? Let’s take a look at this concept of continuous education along with four benefits you won’t want to miss out on.
Taking courses – from free and quick to degree or certificate focused
Keeping a running list of things that interest them
Seeking and embracing change
Starting new things – whether they are work or hobby related
Networking and relationship-building
Reduced Stress –
A recent study from the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that people engaging in learning activities may be less likely to experience the effects of stress - including negative emotions, unethical behavior and burnout.
Activities that stimulate your brain, such as learning new things, impact your brain’s plasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to form and reorganize its connections – essentially, it drives your ability to change and adapt as a result of your experiences. This can potentially mean improved memory and a better ability to recall things quickly.
Delayed Memory Loss Symptoms –
In fact, studies have shown that people who engage in learning activities can potentially delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s, improve their memory and offset cognitive decline. By challenging your brain, you can help it grow and improve.
Take a class in a hobby that interests you (public speaking, photography, cooking, robotics, etc.)
Join a virtual book club
Pursue a new degree or certificate
Take a virtual museum tour
Watch a skill-building video
Regardless of the type of lifelong learning you choose to pursue, remember that it’s all about you – your interests, health and vision for your future. You just might discover a new talent or skill that leads to personal or professional development and fulfillment.
In addition to online programs, DeVry University offers complimentary resources to aid in lifelong learning by helping you gain new skills, sharpen your existing strengths and ultimately build healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
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In New York, DeVry University operates as DeVry College of New York. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. The University’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. DeVry is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Arlington Campus: 1400 Crystal Dr., Ste. 120, Arlington, VA 22202. DeVry University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, www.tn.gov/thec. Naperville Campus: 1200 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563. Unresolved complaints may be reported to the Illinois Board of Higher Education through the online compliant system http://complaints.ibhe.org/. View DeVry University’s complaint process https://www.devry.edu/compliance/student-complaint-procedure.html Program availability varies by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program.
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