Why being an adult learner improves quality life
We hear it all the time that lifelong learning is important for many things. Some have even gone so far as to say that if you aren’t continually learning, you’re dead.
There are many reasons why the above statements are true and we adult learning is only increasing in popularity.
New Knowledge and Skills
This goes without saying however new knowledge and skills at any stage of life is important. The capacity for our brains to learn and retain new information really is endless, no matter at what stage of life.
Opportunity to Change or Enhance Career Paths
Everybody feels the itch from time to time and wants to look into a new career – this doesn’t change as we move through adulthood.
Learning something that you are interested in means that you are more likely to devote time to it and therefore build these new skills while you are still maintaining your current career responsibilities.
You could essentially be setting yourself up to move into a new role, without the stress of doing so without existing employment.
Overall Health – Physical & Mental
Dr Marny Lishman is a health and wellbeing psychologist. She advocates lifelong learning as a way to enhance our quality of life.
“Lifelong learning helps with cognitive decline, and improves memory,” she says. “Research has also shown that keeping the mind actively learning new things can decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression.”
Become More Understanding of Other Cultures
Being in one workplace or industry for a long period of time can sometimes see us become too used to the people we work with.
Adult learning allows us to experience cultures and people outside of our day-to-day and we can become more understanding of differences – that we may not have considered before.
Make New Friends
This one is a no-brainer! Even completing online studies allows you to make contact with new people through digital technologies that are being implemented in training organisations.
Zoom, Skype, Facebook groups and many other kinds of digital technologies allow you to meet new people – even on other sides of the country!
Finally, stepping outside your comfort zone and learning something new is always challenging. But, with a challenge comes great rewards and an increased confidence in our abilities not only professionally but personally as well.
Are you ready for your next challenge?
Browse our range of online and face to face courses or talk to one of our Course Advisors today about your options and improve your quality of life through adult learning.