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Higher Education and Career

Graduating and getting a nine-to-five job, just can’t be the goal of any one’s life. People who do so, do so because of many unavoidable reasons and the chances of the reason being their own will is very less, almost none. The fortunate ones without any doubt opt for learning extra. This extra ranges from higher degrees to extra technical skills and from learning something which they are actually passionate about to just going to libraries and exploring new areas of studies. These people know how much continuing education matters, even when you are stuck in a nine-to-five job.

Meetali Asiwal

@ English content writer | Posted 07 Sep, 2018 | Education

Posted By: Meetali Asiwal (Posted 07 Sep, 2018)

Why Continuing Education Matters


Biologically, we are well aware of the fact that survival requires evolution. Adapting ourselves according to the changes in our surroundings is one of the most basic necessities on which all the life forms on Earth depend.


That’s biologically. But what about intellectually? Is our intellectual evolution also necessary, along with our biological evolution when it comes to our social survival? The simple answer is yes, and my answer to this question depends on how we define education.


The most generally accepted definition of education is associated with the degrees and certificates you accumulate in your home. More relevant definitions of education, however, is related not to the accumulation of degrees and certificates but to the accumulation of various types of knowledge and experience.  


Also read: Is being self-taught in any skill as good as taking a proper training?


The two different facts that I discussed above, that is, our intellectual evolution and accumulation of knowledge and experience, are not that different from each other actually. It’s the acquiring of knowledge and experience constantly, regardless of our age and status, that helps us evolve intellectually.  



The facts put by me so far may seem enough to make out why continuing education matters, but it has a lot more to it.  


First of all, graduating and getting a nine-to-five job, just can’t be the goal of any one’s life. People who do so, do so because of many unavoidable reasons and the chances of the reason being their own will is very less, almost none. The fortunate ones without any doubt opt for learning extra.


This extra ranges from higher degrees to extra technical skills and from learning something which they are actually passionate about to just going to libraries and exploring new areas of studies. These people know how much continuing education matters, even when you are stuck in a nine-to-five job.



Secondly, with the new technologies, studies, theories, and researches coming up each passing day, no one would want to stay behind with the education they acquired many years ago. We all know that stagnant water breeds disease, again biology. Education and knowledge has been compared to the river, the ever-flowing water body, by the great minds and that’s how it is. You may have got expertise in one area of your interest but you can’t guarantee of it being always in demand and keep bearing you fruits (and good money) eternally.   



Apart from these two points, no employer would want to hire (or even to keep for long) someone who can’t ensure growth. Growth here means the growth of the company, as well as the individual growth of oneself, by enhancing skills and expertise. So obviously, the more you educate yourself, the better.  


Growing and changing along with the times have always been the mantra when it comes to better opportunities and variety of options to choose from. Continuing your education, be it in any direction, can help you embrace your long lost passions, or in building connections for yourself. Moreover, the more you get the guidance and learning from those who know better than you, the more you’d be able to give others as an output.



Just keep looking for the opportunities and keep learning one thing or the other all your life. Don’t let your education take the form of yellow pages compiling in your cupboards and degrees filling your lockers. Keeping learning keeps you young all your life. After all, world is your oyster!