April 23, 2018

5 Ways that Education can Enrich your Life

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“If you’re not learning, you’re not reaching your potential.” Jim Roh

So what do you gain by learning? Many might think that getting a tertiary qualification is just about the awesome college life and obtaining a degree. Well, you couldn’t be more inaccurate. The process of learning is one that transforms you and empowers you to be better. The way you perceive things changes because of the knowledge you have and you are able to be resourceful using your skills. Your mental capacity also increases and you become more innovative.      

With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, the need for skilled people who are experts will grow even more. This means that professionals can do themselves a favour by acquiring more expertise that will help them stay relevant in their various industries.  

"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life." - Plato

Before embarking on learning, you determine the field that you want to get into and a relevant programme for the profession you want. Having a purpose and an end goal when learning is important and keeps you motivated through your programme. When you have defined this, you begin your academic journey and become receptive to the knowledge that you gain.

Once learning has taken place, you can start using the knowledge and skills that you have learned in the workplace or fulfil your own passions. Here are 5 ways that education changes you for better.      

1.Learning grows your Perspective 

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” ― Stephen R. Covey

Learning is one of the most impactful ways to change your perception. As you educate yourself, you develop your mental strength and it makes you more effective as a professional.

As your perception is shaped through learning, your input in the workplace becomes more dynamic and valuable. You start seeing obstacles or challenges as opportunities to apply your knowledge. You become more of a problem-solver and you are more resourceful in your role.

2.Learning makes you gain new Skills and Abilities 

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ―John Wooden

Education teaches you new skills and grooms your ability for professional success. These skills enable you to demonstrate your ability in different job roles. When you study for career development, you end up acquiring a diverse amount of skills. For example, if you study a Journalism programme, you learn photography, writing, interview skills and so much more.

Learning sharpens the proficiencies that you have and you learn the science of each skill. This enriches you as a professional and gives you the foundation to grow from. Without education, your skills can be limited and you can be incapable of functioning in certain roles.

3.You become an Expert 

“The expert in anything was once a beginner” – Helen Hayes.

Learning is empowerment that enables you to become an expert in your area of specialisation. It develops you mentally and makes you potent in your profession.

Learning enriches you with information and it gives you more insight in your career. You gain a better understanding of the dynamics in your sector, which makes you more effective as a professional.

4.Your Value is recognised in the Industry 

Your proficiencies are the bridge to accessing great career opportunities, you can create your own success as a graduate. When you have an educational background, employers in the industry consider you for various roles.

This gives you credibility as a professional in your industry and it allows you to go after opportunities. When you attend an interview, presenting your qualification shows your passion for the field you are in. You get recognised as someone who is knowledgeable in that field.

5.You get more Career Breaks 

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ―Sydney J. Harris

South Africa’s unemployment rate is one the world’s highest, mostly affecting the youth. Securing a job is challenging and even more so when you don’t have an educational background. As someone who is proficient in your field, you can define your own success and get opportunities.

Having a high-demand qualification makes the job seeking process much better and you are more likely to get job offers. As an expert and graduate, employers in your market will look for the talent that you have and may offer you a chance to launch your career. Even if you do have a qualification, elevating your skills, makes you a highly sought-after professional. This allows you to soar in your career and explore the best opportunities.

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini  Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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