Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is Continuing Education?

When you think of continuing education, are you thinking of school? That’s what most people think of but continuing education is so much more than a bricks and mortar education. Not that there is anything wrong with going back to school – that can be a great part of your life education. But there are other ways of continuing your education.

For example – when was the last time you went to the library? The library is FILLED with information that can benefit you. It’s not just about the fiction books you know. You can learn for professional development or personal development. Learn something just for fun or learn something that will help you in your job. You know how I’m always telling you that industry journals and magazines are something you should be reading? You can find them at libraries and read them for free! Libraries are not just for students that need to do research. Take a day and hang out at the library and I’ll bet you will be able to find something you like.

Of course, a lot of what is in the library can also be found online. You can find loads of material for free but if you want to learn something specific from an expert, consider buying an e-book or taking an e-course. The Internet makes learning so much easier if you’re not the kind of person that wants to get out of the house and learn.

Continuing education can also mean doing things. You don’t have to read to learn. Get out there and take a class where you can get actively involved in something. How about joining Toastmasters so you can get better at public speaking? Join a group where you do instead of just listen and you will find that you will learn very quickly.

What else does continuing education mean to you?

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