5 Reasons Why Learning Is A New Daily Essential

31 Dec 2018 Posted in ⟨For Learners⟩

Living in a cosmopolitan city like Singapore, a big part of our lifestyle revolves around dining, entertainment, commuting and achieving wellness. Similar to how these daily activities fuel our life experiences, learning fuels our career development — which affects our quality of life financially! Below are five reasons why learning is essential to your lifestyle, and why it should command a slice of your daily routine.

1. Ride The Waves Of Disruption

As the world is being rapidly transformed by technology, you’ll need to keep up with digital trends and advancements in order to ensure that you’re not left behind. By continuously picking up new skills and improving yourself in the process, you’ll always have the latest, up-to-date skill sets at your fingertips that let you remain relevant and valuable in your industry.

Having an arsenal of skills also signals to your employer that you’re more than qualified for advancement in your role.

2. Exercise Both Mind & Body

Equipping yourself with new skills through lifelong learning ensures that you’re always ready and prepared for the unexpected. These newfound skills will help you adapt to unexpected changes, for example, a sudden transfer from one department to another. Once you’ve attuned yourself to the pace of continuous learning, you’ll gradually find that it has become easier to step out of your comfort zone, and even take on new job opportunities, letting you seize the initiative when the chance arises.

3. Level Up Your Confidence

Successfully learning new things will give you a feeling of accomplishment. This, in turn, boosts your confidence in your capabilities. As they say, competence leads to confidence, which is good news, as you’ll feel more ready to tackle challenges, and explore new areas of thinking — often becoming an early adopter of emerging technology.

Besides, these new skills may spark new ideas in your mind, unveiling new opportunities to you where none existed previously, helping you find creative and innovative solutions to problems. Instead of spending time leveling up in your mobile game, it is time to level up in real life.

4. Tap Your Way Through the Skills Barrier

With the advent of Industry 4.0, jobs are being re-designed at a breakneck speed. If you are not keeping up with the latest technological innovations and skill sets, you may find yourself barred from taking on a re-designed job or stepping into a brand new industry.

Acquire the relevant knowledge to “tap” through the skills barrier with ease, and make a dash for your dream role or job.

5. Empower Yourself To Be Selective

Armed with an in-demand skills set, you are no longer at the mercy of a bad employer or a boring, dead-end job.

Whether it’s a promotion you’re eyeing, or an open position at your dream company, the knowledge you acquired will open up doors of opportunities for you to propel your career to the next level. You can now pick and choose what you want in life!

In conclusion, it’s important to always maintain a curious mind, and a hunger for knowledge. Learning and reflection should be a lifelong process. Explore different topics and fields, experiment, and keep your mind open by constantly trying new things. Keep the momentum going, and soon learning will seem as important as eating and drinking, and as natural as breathing.

This year, NTUC LearningHub celebrates 15 years of transforming people through accessible and affordable education. Since 2004, we have fulfilled over 2.4 million training places and transformed over 21,000 organisations.

Regardless of collar, age or nationality, we are here to help you upgrade your skills to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce. For more information on how we can help, talk to our friendly Course Consultants at NTUC Trade Union House, Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability, LHUB@Tampines Mall or any of our roadshows islandwide.

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