Heraclitus once said that the only thing that’s constant is change, and I wouldn’t agree less.
Change is like race, it is part of life. Growing up, I’ve experienced change in my personal life, change in my career, and change in the community around me and in almost every other aspect. Through it all, I have realised that learning is the most effective way of dealing with change.
Learning is critical to our existence; it nourishes our minds the same way food nourishes our bodies. So, contrary to what many people would like to believe, learning should be a lifelong commitment, not something that ends after college.
Today, continuous learning serves as the basis for getting critical thinking skills and uncovering new ways of interacting with people from different ethical, religious, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Continuous learning is not just an essential part for every organization and career; it’s also an indispensable tool for personal development.
I’m a believer in continuous learning; I attribute my expansive knowledge and competencies to my consistency in learning. My mentor, Mrs. Rachel Harrison, a CIMA/ACCA Tutor and Academic Support at Kaplan once told me that lifelong learning will not just broaden my knowledge and create future opportunities, but it will also form part of my professional and personal development, so I don’t remain stagnant, instead realize my full potential.
Here are 5 ways how continuous learning influences my career and personal life:
- I’m able to remain relevant
With continuous learning, I’m able to keep abreast with everything that’s happening within the accounting industry. It’s also easy for me to adapt to any new changes, so, it gives me confidence knowing I’m a valuable asset in the organization that I work in.
- I’m prepared for the unexpected
Since I’m constantly acquiring new knowledge and skill sets, I’m always prepared to face any challenge. If I was to lose my job today, I will depend on my skills, and determination to land another job.
- I keep boosting my profile
Continuous learning helps me to keep improving in my career, as such; I make my employers and co-workers happy. It’s why I get many recommendations from my managers and colleagues. I believe it will be easier for me to transition to another job when the right time comes.
- I’m confident
Of course, with competence comes confidence – I don’t have to be anxious about losing my job to someone younger or better. I’m not afraid of taking on any challenge; in fact, I look forward to exploring new business ventures.
- I see the bigger picture
I attribute my open-mindedness and attitude change to my continuous learning process. Building on what I already know has helped me discover more about my line of career. I don’t only look at one side of the coin anymore; instead, I look at all the three sides.
My future aspirations
I’m considering signing up for an ACCA course at Kaplan, to better prepare for my future –#AFutureYouCanCountO. I believe the institution has what it takes to help me develop my personal and professional skills through structured lessons and set objectives.