It’s been quite some time since I’ve last had the chance to sit down and write up a blog post. You’d think waking up earlier every morning would give me more time to get it done, but recently other priorities have been taking up my mornings. One of which being, education.
If you’re a regular reader, then you’re probably well aware that self-development is a big thing for me. I believe that everyone should be constantly learning and bettering themselves, to be the best we can be. Self growth is literally the most important key to fulfilling a happy, productive life and career. Which is the reason I frequently take part in free online courses.
The importance of continuous learning
Learning is fun. My 15 year old self just cringed at that comment. I hated school. Scraping by with just 5 GCSE’s, no career prospects and little care, education was never a priority.
However, growing up, we begin learning that in order to develop new skills and adapt to modern day living, we need to keep educating ourselves.
Do you think successful entrepreneurs just sat around drinking coffee in the office, bitching and moaning? No. They worked hard. Constantly developing and constantly learning.
If you aren’t learning or improving yourself, and you’re reading this thinking what the hell is she talking about then you might want to read these 7 reasons why you should never stop learning.
The benefits of continuous education
1.Learning new skills can reduce cognitive decline
Keeping your mental activity thriving boosts brain power. Just like exercising your body to build muscle and stay healthy, exercising your brain undoubtedly does the same.
2.You’ll be the best employee OR gain skills to run your own business
Whether you want to build your own dreams or help build someone else’s, that’s your choice. However, ensuring you have the skills and ability is vital. The person who can adapt the most will succeed. How do we adapt? By continuously learning and developing of course.
3.You will motivate others
You could even become a coach or a mentor. There is no better way to learn than to teach. By developing yourself and becoming the successful person you want to be, a wave of motion will ensue.
As much as learning can be a tough, stressful experience, the rewarding benefits far outway the negatives. Just like becoming a parent or planning a wedding, stressful situations can become the happiest accomplishments.
This is especially relevant if you have a lot of free time. Filling it with something practical and productive, is far better than scrolling Facebook and Instagram all day.
6.Knowledge is power
Having knowledge gives you the power to achieve more from life.
7.Gives you something to talk about
Ever been at a party, with people you don’t know? Where you think you have nothing in common. Nothing to discuss. By broadening your knowledge in more subject areas, you’ll have more to discuss. In turn, you will start connecting with people from all different walks of life.
How to learn as an adult
So there’s 7 reasons why you should never stop learning, but how can you get started?
By signing up to an MOOC ( Massive Online Open course). Especially, if you’re on a budget. These free online courses are interactive, open courses provided across the globe.
I first discovered free online learning MOOC classes after exploring Open University options. As someone who often changes her mind about her future, it was the perfect option for me to try out new subjects, without being restricted and tied into a long university course.
Below is a list of the 4 courses I have taken part in so far. Hopefully, you can take some inspiration and get involved too.
My first MOOC was delivered by FutureLearn. A 4 week course, provided by the University of Aberdeen, which I started in September 2016. The aim of the course is to demystify the conflicting, contradictory messages we constantly hear day in day out about nutrition, lifestyle and health.
Each week participants start looking at a different theme, ranging from nutrition fads, to food and diseases. Helping aide students in taking care of their own health and wellbeing as well as understanding the scientific basis of human nutrition.
I totally recommend this course for anyone interested in developing a career, or anyone with a keen interest in health and wellness. It’s not too long and most weeks the work can be completed in a short amount of hours.
Unlike the Nutrition course, Digital marketing, for me, wasn’t as interesting, but it was definitely beneficial. Since partaking, I have been able to implement the tools and techniques I’ve learnt into my work life and my personal social media and online presence. The course is provided by the University of Southampton, which had always been my local university growing up, so it’s taught by extremely reputable and knowledgeable teachers.
The aim of the course is to look at emerging trends in the digital world and examining the implications these have on both marketers and consumers. It’s perfect for those looking to improve their employability in the digital industry, or anybody looking to take on marketing at a higher level.
This is one of the current courses I am on and she is an absolute beast. Taking around 15-16 hours a week to complete for 12 weeks. I’m currently studying week 7 and so far I have learnt in detail about
- Healthy foods
- Physical fitness
- Mental Health
- Healthy weight
- Infectious diseases
- Chronic diseases
And so much more.
It is hands down the most complex, time consuming, draining MOOC I have ever taking, however it’s ridiculously beneficial, rewardable and interesting. I recommend this for anyone, like me, with an interest in health and wellness, you will not believe the wealth of information in this course.
Unfortunately, I can tell you too much about this course as I’ve only just completed the first week. What I can tell you is, that it’s a lot shorter than the other course I am taking and it’s filled with practical, actionable hints and tips. Resources like log books and charts will keep your interests high and it’s a great course for someone who is looking to lose weight themselves, or is coaching someone else.
There are plenty of other courses to participate in on both of these websites, in fact I did start a creative writing and a French course, however I overwhelmed myself with the workload. Trying to make time for work, gym, a life and education is tough.