With graduation season upon us, many graduands are preparing to move on to the next thing, while others remain unclear
about what that truly means. However experts agree, graduates shouldn't rush to stop being students.
"We cannot develop to our full potential, nor achieve our career goals if we stop learning when we graduate," says Adrian
Garden, Teaching and Learning Manager at Rosebank College. "The world does not stop developing. In fact, the rate of
development is increasing so much that a lot of what we are taught in the formal education environment is outdated before
we even graduate, especially in technical subjects. If we don't embrace lifelong learning as a principle, we will soon find
ourselves frustrated and limited in terms of what we can achieve in our personal and professional life."
How does Rosebank College promote lifelong learning?
All modules developed by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) for our students are based on the principles of
lifelong learning so that they develop the crucial skills of critical thinking and the ability to anticipate outcomes. They incorporate
21st century learning as well as authentic Learning skills in all of their content so that students graduate with the ability to continu
learning and applying these transferable skills to a variety of contexts in their personal life and their careers.
Garden shares some of the benefits of lifelong learning.
Lifelong learning allows you to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in your field of interest. You also become
a well-rounded individual because you learn about yourself and how to put your best foot forward.
"A lifelong learner has the soft skills that are so sought after in the workplace such as inquisitiveness, communication
skills, empathy and motivation as well, because your learning is based on internal motivation rather than external motivation
which doesn't last as long. Your qualification will get your foot in the door of a potential employer but the skills you acquire as a
lifelong learner will ensure that you get the job."
About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.
Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department
of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses have a strong technological
focus enabling you to thrive in today's working world. Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD,
Pretoria Sunnyside or Durban campuses, and enrol for a degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for
all students who entrust us with their career development.
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Written by Karabo Keepile