WITH the world around us constantly changing and evolving, having the ability to learn and adapt is critical.
The same can be said for our places of work. Employers and workers need to be always searching and developing new ways to work if they want to keep pace with those around them – or even push ahead of their peers.
By continually learning and developing, employees enhance their appeal to the company they work for and to hiring managers seeking to recruit the best talent.
Some companies are even willing to help fund some learning opportunities for their staff, whether it’s language classes or a short course on improving your social media skills. Would you say no if you had the opportunity to better yourself and improve your value?
There are plenty of reasons why Sarawakians should never stop learning – here are some we have hand-picked for you.
Get out of your comfort zone
Taking on a new challenge not only stimulates your brain and creativity, but also opens up new ways to look at things.
Pushing yourself beyond your normal comfort zone will also do wonders for your self-esteem and, ultimately, make you feel happier. And happier people are often better at their jobs!
Become more valuable
The more you can do well, the more valuable you will be to current and prospective employers.
These days, it’s not enough just to complete your university degree and expect to gradually climb through the corporate ranks.
To make yourself more appealing, continuous learning helps broaden and sharpen new skill sets.
This not only sets you apart from your colleagues and peers, but can also enable you to seek higher compensation in regards to salary and/or benefits.
Adapt quickly to change
With the speed at which technology changes these days, it can almost make you dizzy. But it’s vital to keep up-to-date with the latest software, programs and processes implemented in the office.
By keeping your finger on the pulse of these changes, you can stay ahead of the curve and demonstrate more worth to your employer.
Scientists have proven our mental health outlook is best when we continuously exercise our brains with learning.
People who make it a priority to learn new skills and improve upon existing ones are less likely to suffer from illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.
You can even learn about things that help the rest of your body as well.
For example, learning about proper nutrition will help you maintain a better diet or learning about time management will help you guard against excess stress.
Giving life more substance
People who take the time to learn new things seem to live life more deeply.
Learning something valuable remains with you. The more you learn, the more you’ll be able to make connections between pieces of knowledge – and the more tools you’ll acquire to enhance creativity.
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