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Lowering the Curtain

This time of year lends to reflection

The end of the year typically is a time of reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new year about to start. It’s also a time to reflect on yourself – where you’ve been, where you’re at and where you hope to be, over the course of the new year.

It’s not uncommon for many job seekers – especially older job seekers – to find some “holes” in their soul searching. Here we’re talking about “holes” in the sense of shortcomings or areas that may need improvement.

Whether or not this applies to you, it’s a good time to reflect on the concept of life-long learning. Most of us by now have accepted the fact – and many have been practicing this for years – that learning does not stop when you walk across that stage degree, diploma or certificate in hand. Learning is something that happens throughout our entire lives. It’s something that never really stops.

As legendary basketball coach John Wooden said, ““It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

Fortunately never before has learning something – anything – new been faster, easier, less expensive, more accessible, etc., etc. Even during the dark days of the pandemic, online learning is readily available through libraries, community colleges and universities.

For many older learners (exact age will vary with geography and institution,) there are non-degree courses at many universities which are actually free. Just find the one(s) you want and/or need and sign up.

Like everything else in your job search, life-long learning is a proactive undertaking. The more proactive you are on all levels, the more successful you will be.


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