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What is lifelong learning and why should you care?

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Brian Tracey, an extraordinary entrepreneur come author and public speaker, said it best when he said:

 “Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.” 

Lifelong learning is about the never ending journey of improvement we all take as we progress through our careers and our lives. It is about knowing our own skills gaps and doing whatever we can to fill them. It is about fuelling the fire of knowledge by seeking new skills and experiences.

 Think of your knowledge, skills and abilities like a big sky scraper. It’s a building with many floors and the more you know, the more levels your building has. Everything you learn creates a new level on this wondrous structure and as each level is complete a new level is open for construction! How tall is your sky scraper at the moment? How tall could it be? Think of the view if you just kept building it higher!

 Shoreline has a strong philosophy around continuous improvement and lifelong learning. We believe that when we know what we don’t know, we owe it to ourselves to go and find out! It doesn’t matter if is as simple as asking an expert in your workplace or as complex as studying for a qualification, learning is the key to our own future growth.

 Here at Shoreline we apply our learning philosophy by continuously improving our services. We do this through consultation with our clients, validation with content experts and by exploring  any developments in the training and education industry. At the moment we are feverishly  creating Workplace Journals to provide to our participants alongside relevant qualifications. On top of supporting the assessment process, these journals will encourage participants to reflect on their expectations and experiences as well as their future training needs. Below is an example of how you could use self reflection to assess learning in your everyday life. All you need to do is simply ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do you expect to learn?
  2. What did you learn?
  3. What did you enjoy about the learning?
  4. Identify your strengths in this area
  5. Identify  opportunities for further learning in this area

 To get the most out of a learning experience, its best to really know what you want to get out of it. Take the time to really think about your current knowledge on the subject you are about to explore further. Know what you know and know your limitations, that way you can ensure you get the most out of your money and time! After the course, answer the above questions and explore what further learning could help take you to the next level.

 Self reflection throughout lifelong learning does take some time and concentration, but the rewards far outweigh the effort. The feeling of knowing you are growing and achieving more, is addictive, so once get your first floors constructed, the sky is limit!