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LIFELONG
LEARNING
AND
SELF-DIRECTION
Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Wo...
What is Lifelong Learning?
“The continuous building
of skills and knowledge
throughout the life of an
individual. It occur...
What is Lifelong Learning?
Learning that doesn’t
necessarily happen in
school or a classroom;
an ongoing journey of
learni...
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at
twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning
stays young. The greatest thing ...
Lifelong Learning Is About
 Acquiring and updating all kinds of abilities,
interests, knowledge and qualifications
 Valu...
Lifelong Learning
 Makes us more interesting
 Provides us with a fresh perspective
 Allows us to make better, more
info...
Why is Lifelong Learning Important?
“As we enter the 21st century, the information
age, your ability to expand your mind a...
Why is Lifelong Learning Important?
That means your
knowledge has to double
every 2-3 years just to
keep up!
Information a...
The Road to Career Success
It’s rare for people to
advance in their careers
without:
 Career Assessment
 Career Explorat...
Career Assessment
 Know yourself
 Who am I?
 What are my strengths?
Weaknesses?
 What can I bring to the
table?
 What...
Career Exploration
 Explore career possibilities (O*NET)
 Conduct informational interviews
 Network
 Find a mentor
 J...
Increasing Skills & Gaining Experience
 Internships
 Volunteering
 Job shadowing
 Practicing
 Education/training
 Re...
Career Development
 Initiative
 Competence
 Continuous Improvement
Taking the Initiative
 Be motivated
 Do your job well and
do it right
 Finish what you start
 Seek new
opportunities
...
 Perform job duties in a proficient and
efficient manner
 Possess the skills and knowledge to
do the job well—be a “paid...
Keys to Learning from Mistakes
I. Admit that you’ve made a mistake
II. Accept responsibility
III. Understand why the mista...
Learning from Your Mistakes
 We’re taught to feel guilty when we make
mistakes and do everything we can to
avoid them
 L...
Continuous Learning
 In order to advance in your career, you
need to learn continuously
 The more you learn, the more yo...
Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning
I. Develops natural abilities
II. Opens the mind
III. Creates a curious, hungry mind
...
Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning
VI. Helps adapt to change
VII. Helps find meaning in life
VIII. Involvement as an act...
Exercise Your Brain!
 Lifelong learning is essential to living a full
and healthy life
 You need a continual development...
How to Exercise Your Brain
 Read often
 Learn new skills
 Put skills into action
 Learn in groups
 Play games and puz...
Dedication to Lifelong Learning
“Knowledge is the primary source of
value in our world today and your
ability to expand yo...
Like what you saw?
We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out at
www.miworksmo.org.
• Give us any questions/...
SOURCES
 ACT, Career Ready 101, 2008, Thinking Media, a division of SAI Interactive, Inc. “What is Career
Readiness?”
 B...
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Lifelong Learning and Self Direction

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Lifelong Learning and Self Direction

  1. 1. LIFELONG LEARNING AND SELF-DIRECTION Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works!, through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs - TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. What is Lifelong Learning? “The continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual. It occurs through experiences encountered in the course of a lifetime.” Wikipedia
  3. 3. What is Lifelong Learning? Learning that doesn’t necessarily happen in school or a classroom; an ongoing journey of learning through experiences.
  4. 4. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford once said…
  5. 5. Lifelong Learning Is About  Acquiring and updating all kinds of abilities, interests, knowledge and qualifications  Valuing all forms of learning  Taking more control of our futures
  6. 6. Lifelong Learning  Makes us more interesting  Provides us with a fresh perspective  Allows us to make better, more informed decisions  Assists us in becoming more successful in our life and career
  7. 7. Why is Lifelong Learning Important? “As we enter the 21st century, the information age, your ability to expand your mind and strive for continuous education is critical to your success. By dedicating yourself to lifelong learning, you can leapfrog ahead of your competition.” Brian Tracy
  8. 8. Why is Lifelong Learning Important? That means your knowledge has to double every 2-3 years just to keep up! Information and knowledge in every field is doubling every 2-3 years.
  9. 9. The Road to Career Success It’s rare for people to advance in their careers without:  Career Assessment  Career Exploration  Career Development  Continuous Learning
  10. 10. Career Assessment  Know yourself  Who am I?  What are my strengths? Weaknesses?  What can I bring to the table?  What are the priorities in my life?  What do I enjoy doing?  What am I interested in?  Am I a “people person”?  What goals have I accomplished?  Where am I right now?  Where do I want to be in 5 or 10 years?
  11. 11. Career Exploration  Explore career possibilities (O*NET)  Conduct informational interviews  Network  Find a mentor  Job Exploration and Research
  12. 12. Increasing Skills & Gaining Experience  Internships  Volunteering  Job shadowing  Practicing  Education/training  Researching
  13. 13. Career Development  Initiative  Competence  Continuous Improvement
  14. 14. Taking the Initiative  Be motivated  Do your job well and do it right  Finish what you start  Seek new opportunities  Use your time wisely
  15. 15.  Perform job duties in a proficient and efficient manner  Possess the skills and knowledge to do the job well—be a “paid expert”  Seek out ways of staying current with skills Demonstrating Competence
  16. 16. Keys to Learning from Mistakes I. Admit that you’ve made a mistake II. Accept responsibility III. Understand why the mistake occurred IV. Reflect on the lesson you learned V. Try to avoid repeating the same mistake “Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Hugh White
  17. 17. Learning from Your Mistakes  We’re taught to feel guilty when we make mistakes and do everything we can to avoid them  Look at mistakes as learning opportunities  Mistakes can make you both stronger and smarter “Mistakes are only part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.” Al Franken
  18. 18. Continuous Learning  In order to advance in your career, you need to learn continuously  The more you learn, the more you realize what you don’t know  Learning is limitless  Never let yourself be tired of learning new things, skills, and ideas
  19. 19. Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning I. Develops natural abilities II. Opens the mind III. Creates a curious, hungry mind IV. Increases wisdom V. Adds value to society
  20. 20. Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning VI. Helps adapt to change VII. Helps find meaning in life VIII. Involvement as an active contributor IX. Develops new, valuable relationships X. Leads to an enriching life of self-fulfillment
  21. 21. Exercise Your Brain!  Lifelong learning is essential to living a full and healthy life  You need a continual development of your knowledge, skills, and attitude—especially in the workforce  Lifelong learning keeps our minds sharp, improves memory, and increases confidence
  22. 22. How to Exercise Your Brain  Read often  Learn new skills  Put skills into action  Learn in groups  Play games and puzzles  Learn new words  Practice your math  Draw or paint  Never avoid breakfast
  23. 23. Dedication to Lifelong Learning “Knowledge is the primary source of value in our world today and your ability to expand your mind and devote yourself to lifelong learning is the key to breaking any success barriers that may be in front of you.” Brian Tracy
  24. 24. Like what you saw? We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out at www.miworksmo.org. • Give us any questions/comments/concerns • See our workshop schedule • Learn more about Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana
  25. 25. SOURCES  ACT, Career Ready 101, 2008, Thinking Media, a division of SAI Interactive, Inc. “What is Career Readiness?”  Berkun, Scott. “How to Learn From Your Mistakes.” Scottberkun.com. July 2005.  Career Advancement Instructor Guide. Goodwill Works Curriculum. Goodwill Industries International, Inc., 2009.  Career Advancement Participant Guide. Goodwill Works Curriculum. Goodwill Industries International, Inc., 2009.  “How to Learn From Mistakes.” Strategicbusinessteam.com. How to Start a Small Business and Invest Your Money Wisely. 2009-2011, Strategicbusinessteam.com.  Quotationspage.com. 1994-2010, Quotations Page.com and Michael Moncur.  “Lifelong Learning.” En.wikipedia.org.  “Lifelong Learning Attributes for Career Advancement – Perspectives from Chinese Proverbs.” Career- success-for-newbies. 2006, career-success-for-newbies.com.  Mills, Chris and Amanda Whitmore. Job Institute Manual. Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. San Francisco, Cal.: Creative Commons, 2010.  Pettinger, Tejvan. “How to Learn From Mistakes.” Pickthebrain.com. Web. 2011, PickTheBrain.  “Take Initiative at Work, Take Success Home.” Career-Tools-HQ.com. 2008-2009, Career-Tools-HQ.com.

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