How to Approach Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century

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Lifelong learning, Schoolbus,Lifelong learning is a great approach for both your career and personal life, and it goes so far beyond the classroom. By adopting a lifelong learning approach today, you can improve your college application, your career, and your life. There is so much in the world to learn and so many benefits you can expect.

What Is Lifelong Learning?

Lifelong learning means adopting a dedication to continue to learn both in ways that will help your career and in ways that simply interest you and enrich you. You can learn by taking on formal education, by reading, traveling, watching documentaries, going to workshops, or attending talks.

How Can Lifelong Learning Help Your College Application?

Lifelong learning is the perfect way to approach your college application and your college experience as a whole. If you can show that you are passionate about learning and developing your skills with concrete examples, you can really make your application stand out.

Admission, University, Lifelong Learning, SignIn order to really see the benefits, you will, of course, need to exceed the average admissions. You can find these on sites like, which outlines top statistics from the admissions requirements and GPA you should have. Once you have these, your lifelong learning examples can help you stand out and may be just what you need to secure a spot in your top choice.

How Can Lifelong Learning Help Your Career?

Every job role changes. What you need to know develops and adapts. Times change, tools change, approaches change, theories change. If you don’t keep up, you will be left in the dust. Keeping up, of course, is just the start. If you can get ahead by reading, listening, and engaging with your industry and with the world as a whole, you can become a leader before you know it.

How Can You Showcase Your Commitment to Lifelong Learning?

There are two ways that you can prove your lifelong learning approach.

  • Earn Credentials

One of the easiest ways to prove that you are committed to learning and training is by earning credentials. A degree is often one of the first credentials you will earn, but don’t assume they always have to be so big. You can take tests to earn certificates and take short courses, workshops, or even tests that prove your skillset.

This can be a great way to wow employers, clients, and more

  • Become a Thought Leader

Lightbulb, thought leader, ideasAnother way to showcase your lifelong learning is by sharing your learning. With social media and the internet, you can curate a platform. Done right, you can become a commodity all on your own and see many doors open at all stages of your life because of it. Create a social media platform, blog, and website, and build that audience.

With an audience, you have power. You can start your own business, get more jobs, or be accepted into more programs. With a platform, you have power, and you can curate that platform by showcasing your passion in a way that is unique to you.


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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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