Human beings are meant to grow. Not only physically, but mentally as well. Just like your body needs food to grow, your brain needs new knowledge to develop as well. To support personal growth, each person should realise the importance of lifelong learning.

Are you a fresh graduate struggling to find a job but have not managed to land one? Or, are you a veteran employee stuck in a dead-end position? Whatever be the case, it is time to start embracing learning once again. However, going to school is only among the various options where you can learn new skills and abilities.

Lifelong learning is not limited to formal education. You do not have to go back to school and invest more money to learn new things. If your employer cannot provide funds for personal learning and skills development, you can always log into the Internet and find thousands of online and offline courses to keep improving your qualities.

While some of them cost you zero bucks such as Coursera and EdX, you can invest some money to obtain verified certificates at the end of the training programs. If you need to be convinced before starting off your journey of lifelong learning, here are five advantages:

Improves Self-Confidence

Whether you are a fresh grad or a veteran employee, self-confidence is a must-have valuable quality that every employer desires to find in their next potential hire. The problem however is, self-confidence is not something that can be obtained easily. You cannot be confident unless you trust your own capabilities first.

In order to be successful in getting a particular job done on time, you should believe in your competence. This sense of self-belief will only come to you, when you have sufficient experience, knowledge, and skills for the job.

When you pursue lifelong learning, you are focused for growth through continuous upgradation of your knowledge and skills. Thus, attending weekend batches or signing up for an online course will eventually boost your self-confidence.

Keep Current and Up to Date

Lifelong learning encourages you to keep thinking and provides new information. If you have graduated a long time ago, you might be surprised with the latest developments, advancements in technology that  has changed the world of work. In order to stay abreast of these new developments, and make informed decisions for a growing career – continuous learning holds the key.

Committed to lifelong learning will help reduce the chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as learning will keep the brain cells active, increase vitality and promote new cell development as well.

Fight boredom

Being stagnated at the same position in your career brings monotony to growth. Don’t let your soul stuck into dull routines. Refresh your mind and challenge yourself by learning something new. It does not have to be something related to your current job. Instead, you can learn anything that draws your interest, as long as it is positive and meaningful.

Learn practical skills

Formal education helps you to join the workforce and get started. However, besides theoretical knowledge acquired at school, you need to also improve upon your practical skills. While you might have good grade and GPA in academics, but today employers value soft-skills as much as hard-skills needed for the job.

Identify your weaknesses and, quantify on your strengths. For example, if you think you are not digitally literate, you can join a computer class to develop the digital skills. There are also countless websites available online that offer free courses with flexible time arrangements to suit your busy life schedules.

Achieve self-fulfillment

Define yourself with something other than your job. Lifelong learning will enable you to achieve self-fulfillment. Whether it is photography, hand-lettering, or cooking, bring your hobbies to a different level. Not only will this expand your viewpoints, but you can also perhaps to seek a new career from it.

It is never too old to learn. Lifelong learning will help you stay competitive in the job market. So don’t be afraid of starting from the scratch and learning new things. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

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Confident people tend to be more cheerful and possess a positive attitude towards their job. They are unafraid to go for advancement opportunities or to go up against new challenges. Unfortunately, as a person continuously receives high praise, admiration from peers and scoring achievements could result in being overconfident.

Having confidence in oneself is an excellent characteristic, but being an overconfident person can jolly bring down your competency at work too!

Are you being overconfident at work? Check the list:

  1. There’s little or no self-criticism

Overconfident people tend to have a lower level of self-criticism or perhaps even none at all as they feel that tasks performed by them are to perfection. They are convinced that there are no possible improvements to be made and often do not accept criticisms from others.

  1. Conflicts

Conflicts amongst co-workers resulting in a hostile working environment could happen when overconfident people comes into the picture. Co-workers commonly have a basic form of respect towards each other but overconfident people tend to give more criticisms to others’ work (remember, they often do not accept criticisms from others) and belittles their peers’ opinions or ideas other than their own.

  1. Sub-Quality & Frequent Mistakes

Mistakes or sub-quality work often happen as such overconfident workers are less meticulous in their tasks as they feel their work are beyond rebuke. Thus, it is often they forgot to double-check their work or even seek the opinion of another to see if there is any room for improvements.

Also, as such people tend to focus more on important projects while leaving those they feel are unimportant or easily completed tasks to the side. By belittling such tasks and leaving it till the end, one could lose the focus and chances of errors occurring increases.

Having recurring mistakes or handing in sub-par work, clearly isn’t good for your future career progression!

  1. Showing Arrogance

Another consequence of being an overconfident person at work is that it can turn you into being arrogant. Arrogance in a workplace creates negativity and discomfort amongst co-workers, resulting in a disrupted work environment.

Why? As arrogant people seldom or not at all, listen to the views of others as they feel that they already know everything or that their ideas are better than the rest.

Remember, being confident is good. But being overconfident could substantially affect your career in time to come. When you do not listen to others’ advice or opinions, you are putting a stopper to your growth within the company or other future potential prospects.

Being successful in your career doesn’t only require a high self-confidence. Instead, other factors like being a team player, showing respect to others, self-development and more, counts.

Keep learning!

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