It has often been said: the world around us is changing very quickly. Internet and new technologies have resulted in major changes, both on the job and in our private lives. In order to keep up with the new developments and to learn how to adapt to this constant change, it is essential to keep developing yourself. Whether you have a side job, your dream job or no job: lifelong learning is important for everyone. Here are some tips to help you get started!
The concept of lifelong learning was first introduced in 1971 and it's currently more relevant than ever. The term emphasises that gaining knowledge doesn't only happen in one's youth and in the classroom. It continues throughout your life and in different situations. Lifelong learning is constantly learning new things, on a voluntary basis and from your own motivation. Examples include developments at work but also on a personal level. By increasing your knowledge in your personal life, you get to know and understand yourself better and you grow as a person. You can develop your soft skills, which are important in contacts with your colleagues. By continuing to develop in your professional life, you become a more sustainable and flexible employee. The more you learn, the more attractive you are to an employer. Employees who delve into their branch are better prepared for developments and can adapt on time.
Due to the arrival of new technologies, lifelong learning is becoming more and more important. The way we work together, communicate and collect information changes constantly due to these technologies. For example, you just got used to communicating via the Intranet at work, and they have found a new, more efficient way to communicate. Although new technologies are the cause of these major changes, they also offer handles to keep track of changes. Think of handy tools and websites that summarise huge quantities of information op the internet. To survive in this digital era, familiarity with Web 2.0 applications – interactive applications on the internet such as Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia - is vital. You're not good at this? Then it's high time to boost your knowledge! The internet is the best medium for gaining new knowledge. Because it's easy to get lost in all that information, we give you four tips:
In videos of maximum 18 minutes long speakers from all over the world talk about their ideas or discoveries. Most videos are in English, but they often have Dutch subtitles. For example, do you want to know more about increasing your self-confidence? Watch this Ted Talk.
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free online course. Sometimes thousands of people participate in the same course. These MOOCs consist of lectures, workbooks and assignments. They are offered by different universities all over the world. After completion you receive a certificate. You can find interesting courses on Coursera.