Of course you’re at UW to learn. But how much of your focus on learning is because you have to and how much is because you want to? The latter approach is called lifelong learning. While it is unrealistic to adopt this at every moment, there are benefits to practicing - even after you graduate - this mindset. Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and develop because they want to; it is a deliberate and voluntary act. Lifelong learning can enhance your understanding of the world around you, provide you with more and better opportunities and improve your quality of life.
There are two main reasons for learning throughout life: for personal development and for professional development. These reasons may not necessarily be distinct as personal development can improve your employment opportunities and professional development can enable personal growth.
Learning for its own sake brings advantages:
Your capacity to earn is directly related to your willingness to learn. Employers are looking for well-balanced people with transferable skills. These are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful across different areas of life: socially, professionally, and at school. They are “portable skills”. Taking a lifelong learning approach pays off for your professional self:
The Husky Experience Toolkit is designed to help you make the most of your time at UW, wherever you are in your university career. The articles address four interconnected dimensions of the Husky Experience: Know Yourself, Know the World, Make Your Way, and Weave it Together.