Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning Lifelong learning is the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual. The first characteristic of lifelong learning is that it encompasses both formal and non-formal/informal types of education and training. Formal learning includes the hierarchically structured school system that runs from primary school through the university and organized school-like programs created in business for technical and professional training.

Whereas informal learning describes a lifelong process whereby individuals acquire attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from daily experience and the educational influences and resources in his or her environment, from family and neighbors, from work and play, from the market place, the library and the mass media. Learning gives you opportunities to discover new skills and acquire knowledge of new and old things. We have many reasons to pursue our education as we go along in life. Some of my reasons are: •adapt to change •open my mind •develop natural abilities •self-fulfilment •make a difference in the world increase my wisdom When planning your life you never realize that there are so many changes you will have to make as you get older. We know that have to go to school to get an education and get a job. Not thinking about all the challenges and changes we are going to face as we grow in the world. Education plays an important role in our life. My lifelong learning started at the age of 5. That was when I started going to school. Every year I was taught more things that would help me learn something new the next year. I learned my basics in elementary, the I moved up to middle school.

Things began to get a little hard as I progressed though middle school. Then came high school, this is when I started to understand that education play a very important part in your life. Education will advance you to different levels your life. For instance, if you choose a career path in computers you know that it will be a continuous learning process. Computers software, hardware, and the way they look change every year. The computer industry is a growing field that will never stay the same as it was when it started. We will always need additional learning to be able to keep our jobs or move up on the corporate ladder.

We can learn about these changes by going back to school, going to workshops, or on the job training if it is available. These opportunities are tools that will help you learn more about your job. The skills that you learn at one job will help you advance in that position or get you another position with that company or another company. For example, If you we are tired of being at that same died end job make that change and go back to school to get that additional education to pursue your dream that you have. Working a job and having a career are two different things.

After spend some years in the work force I decided to further my education. I wanted a career that I can advance in and learn more. The process of designing a lifelong learning plan begins with putting it in writing. This plan, sometimes called a learning contract, must be a dynamic process intended to provide structure in an unstructured environment – known as everyday life. Lifelong learning exists within this world, allowing learners the freedom to enroll in formal continuing education programs or self-directed learning such as learning how to garden or play an instrument, as examples.

A personal learning plan or learning contract should focus on the following four lifelong learning areas, keeping the successful habits of lifelong learners in mind throughout. •Mental Stimulation: Formal and Self-Directed Learning Environments •An Active Lifestyle: Sustaining the Body and Mind •Community Involvement: Reaching out to Others •Well-Being: Developing a Sense of Purpose In 2008, I made a plan to go back to school and get a better education. I wanted to make life better for my children and getting a better education was the only way I knew that will help.

I wrote out my plan for the next 5 years. My plans are: •Stay focus on my goal •Take only what is required •Stay on the honor list •Graduate in 2 years with honor •Have 2 Associate Degrees one Computer Information Technology and Medical Office Administration •Start working on my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration by 2011 •Graduate in 2013 with my Bachelor Degree •Becoming a Director of an hospital •All before I turn 40. Every day you open eyes will build on to the previous day of learning.