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avril 8, 2021 | News

7 Reasons Why Continuing Education Matters

Continuing education is vital as we progress through our lives and careers. Just as our bodies feed off of the nutrients from food, our brains grow healthier the more we challenge them and nourish our minds. In fact, lifelong learning has frequently been linked to improved health, happiness, and wellbeing over the years.

And in today’s fast-paced environment in which technology is rapidly changing the workplace and the global pandemic has forced many people to rethink their lives and professions; continuous education becomes even more vital.

In order to compete in today’s challenging market, job seekers must be willing to adapt quickly to learn new skills, carve out a niche, or help their resumes stand out from the rest. And with the plethora of online learning platforms now available, continuing education is easier than ever. 

Here are at least seven reasons why you should invest in yourself today for a better tomorrow.

1. Be Sure to Remain Relevant 

As Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” These words have never seemed truer than in today’s environment that’s marked with uncertainty and doubt. With constant lockdowns and travel restrictions, adjusting to a “new normal” has taken its toll on many people.

But, one way to combat constant change is to rise to the challenge and meet it head on. Life is constantly changing and if you keep your skills updated, you’ll find it far easier to embrace new situations as they arise. 

You’ll also keep your mind busy during harder moments when you may feel like life is out of your control. And, most importantly, you’ll ensure that you remain relevant and that you can continue to command demand for your services. 

Without keeping abreast of changes in your industry, you can’t deliver the best service to your clients. So, don’t let yourself get left behind. Use this time to invest in continuing your education.

2. Be Ready for Whatever Life Throws at You

When you make continuing education a part of your philosophy, you can adapt more quickly to changes. If you work freelance, for example, and lose a client unexpectedly, you can find new work more easily. 

When you continually upskill and improve yourself, you’ll be ready to deal with unfortunate or unexpected circumstances. It will also make you more attractive to prospective employers and more likely to step out of your comfort zone, pushing yourself harder to try new things.

3. Improve Your Resume

Lifelong learning isn’t only good for your brain. It’s also great for your credentials. So, with each course you take and each skill you learn, your resume becomes even more impressive. 

You can also build out your LinkedIn network and become more attractive to talent seekers. This will give you more options than others in the job market–and more to talk about as well!

4. Grow Your Confidence

The global pandemic has dealt a hard blow to the confidence of many people, especially those who were furloughed from their work or laid off. While it can be hard to deal with such a situation, taking control of your destiny through continuous learning can help you grow your self-esteem and confidence. You’ll be more capable of taking on new challenges and growing your self belief at the same time.

5. Ignite Your Creativity

When you learn new skills, you’ll likely open up many new opportunities you never thought of before. Perhaps that means focusing on a niche in translation or improving your relationship with CAT tools. Either way, upskilling is a sure-fire way of igniting your creativity, giving you more options, and eventually, allowing you to earn more money to boot.

6. See the World Differently 

We may not be able to travel right now. But continuing education can help you travel in your mind. The more you know and learn and the more curious you are, the more you start to develop your cultural and emotional intelligence and understand the world around you better.

You’ll have more empathy with others and find it easier to work with people from all different cultures. This is another key quality that employers look for in today’s increasingly globalized world.

7. Give More to Others

Investing time and money in continuous education isn’t just about you. In fact, the more you learn, the more you will be able to contribute to the world around you. It’s not only good to earn more money or keep yourself entertained during lockdowns, You’ll actually be able to contribute more toward a thriving, changing world.

Continuing education is more important than ever in today’s uncertain times. If you’re interested in exploring a career in translation or improving your skills, be sure to check out our newly launched Talentum360 online training portal for the translation and localization industry. 

Also, be sure to attend any (or all!) of our free online webinars to glean useful insights from industry experts that can help you on your quest to continue your education and advance your career.