Okay, Labor Day is in our rear-view mirror, we are fully into back-to-school mode. Some schools just started and some a month ago, but everyone is back. So, what are you learning? Are you reading any good books? Are you practicing a skill?
To be a successful worker, and especially a successful job seeker, you need a commitment to life-long learning. When the economy is strong, as it is now, there is a debate whether college is worth the investment. It takes 4+ years out of your life and will cost you at least $40,000 and possibly much more. You could graduate with a mountain of debt. So why not just get a job? I can’t explain the economics as well as Forbes magazine, so if you are really torn, read this article.
What I’m most concerned with today is what you learn after you graduate. I can’t imagine doing the same job for 40 years, and even if I did, I’d need to be learning new skills or methods along the way. I read all the time; fiction, nonfiction, business books, whatever. You don’t have to be a reader, but you do need to grow.
I can attest with a fairly high degree of certainty, that if you plan to be in the job market for at least 10 more years, there is something significant you don’t know now, that you will need to know to be successful. Maybe you’ll need to learn a new computer program, maybe a new language, maybe how to operate new technology, or maybe just how to get along with people that have different beliefs. I don’t know what it is, but I guarantee its coming, so get ready for it.
So, when that time comes, you need to be ready to learn, and the best way I know is to never stop learning. Keep your mind open. Spend time seeking out new information. Read, whether online or printed books, magazines, whatever. Expose yourself to new ideas. Pick up a hobby and get good at it. Learn something new every day. If you are not one already, turn yourself into a life-long learner. If you get in the habit of always learning, you’ll be ready to learn when you need to. If you are struggling with your job search, this might help. https://im-fired.com/about-the-book/