To tie in with this Adult Learners' Week (12 - 18 May), we are publishing an article a day from L&D practitioner and workplace wellness guru Liggy Webb. Today, an introduction to the initative.
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
Every year Adult Learners’ Week celebrates the positive impact learning has on individuals, families and communities with events and award ceremonies held across the country. Some of these events include national and regional awards that recognise the achievements of outstanding individuals and inspiring learning projects. There are also a variety of events that take place in thousands of locations showcasing learning opportunities.
National Learning at Work Day is the biggest celebration of learning and development in and through the workplace. Every year, the Campaign for Learning sets a theme for Learning at Work Day. The theme for 2012 is 'Learning for Growth'. This strikes me as a great theme for 2012 with an emphasis on growing and developing which is so important in the current economic climate. This is the time to be positive and focused and to embrace change and learn something new.
The benefits of learning
Learning does not just mean studying for qualifications or to improve job opportunities. It can cover a whole range of mind expanding and physical opportunities. Learning can develop new, update old or build on current skills. Learning something new can open a multitude of doors for you. It can help you to earn more money, get a better job or do something you really enjoy. It can be a way to meet new people, share new experiences and reveal some of the hidden talents you didn't even now that you possessed.
A challenged, stimulated mind may well be the key to a vibrant later life. As the baby boomers prepare to redefine their own retirement, research news implies that staying active and keeping our brains constantly engaged may help stave off mental and physical ailments and diseases that we are susceptible too as we get older.
Liggy Webb is widely respected as a leading expert in the field of modern life skills and workplace wellness. She is the founding director of The Learning Architect a consortium of niche industry experts. For more info visit www.liggywebb.com and www.thelearningarchitect.com. For access to more toolkits and information you can email Liggy here
Liggy Webb is an award winning and bestselling author, presenter and international consultant. She is also the founding director of The Learning Architect, an international consortium of behavioural skills specialists. She is recognised as a thought leader on human resilience and works with a wide range of businesses focusing on optimising...