The Key to Post-College Success? Even More Learning

In our constantly changing world, your four years of college aren't going to teach you everything you need to know for the rest of your life. Here's a look at the importance of life-long learning practices.

College is the prime time for self-discovery and intellectual exploration. But after four(ish) years in an academic utopia, you will be prepared to enter the “real” world with all of the knowledge needed to be successful throughout the rest of your life, right?

Think again.

We live in a high-speed, constantly changing world, and the necessity to continue to learn and to evolve will grow exponentially in the years to come. In today’s knowledge economy, ongoing skill development isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a need-to-have.  

So rather than thinking of college as the last four years of learning, think of it as the perfect time to begin the path to life-long learning. 

Life lessons learned throughout college will help you to realize that some things are in your control, while others are not. You may not do as well as you expected on a paper, you might get rejected from a club, or you could have a hard time landing a job or internship. Only some aspects of these things are completely within your control. However, the ability to continuously acquire new knowledge and new skills and to re-invent yourself is not.

You may not want to think about it now, but it’s likely that your future career will span 40+ years. Think about the changes in technology and business that have happened in the last few decades: 40 years ago there was no Internet, no mobile technology, and no social media. Changes in the past few decades have also redefined career mobility for millennials. Studies show millennials now expect to stay at each job for only a few years. So most likely, your first job won’t be the one you have forever, and even if you are there for a while, what is expected of you will change. With that being said, the more skills you can acquire through college and beyond, the better off you will be.

It may surprise you that even though you are currently in college, you don’t need to wait until you’ve graduated to expand your learning horizons. Right now, you can decide to take a class on something that interests you at another local university through online classes or webinars or at a local studio. Websites like AllClasses, Coursera, and edX can connect you to different classes all over the world, both in-person and online. With a little exploring, you will discover that informative and interesting classes are right at your fingertips.

So remember, your degree will give you a great start, but life-long learning will help you be successful over the next 40+ years despite the changes whirling around you.

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About Chad Lovell

Chad Lovell is the founder and COO of Allclasses. He is an accomplished executive with a strong background in technology, strategic planning, corporate development, project management, finance, and sales. He has a proven track record of identifying innovative business models, new products, and process improvements that drive sustainable, profitable business growth. Like the people he hopes to help with Allclasses, Chad is a learning fiend. He’s used classes to explore Web development, programming, design, analytics, and social media, and has recently discovered writing as a true passion and area of pursuit. Currently Chad’s writing can be found on the Allclasses blog, on Medium, and as a featured influencer on Linkedin. Prior to co-founding Allclasses, Chad was a member of the Corporate Sponsorship Program at Emerson Electric where he worked with the Office of the Chief Executive on acquisitions, new solutions, and platform development before moving on to lead a strategic product architecture overhaul on their flagship control system for the power and water markets. Chad received his M.B.A. in entrepreneurship and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2009. He is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he attended Texas Christian University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

 

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