Photo by Jeff Pouland Madelaina Visconti, of Winslow, holds her granddaughter Lilly Ann Tingley before the start of the graduation ceremony Tuesday night at Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education at Waterville Senior High School.
Ginny Shorette, left, and Angie Harrell speak about graduating from Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education program Tuesday. Both women overcame challenges to graduate. Staff photo by David Leaming
The joy of learning doesn’t come to a screeching halt after you leave school; we continue to pick up new things every single day, whether it’s ascertaining a mind-blowing fact from a nature documentary or learning how to react to a new situation.
Learning is for life, not just for childhood, and adult education can equip you with the know-how, skills and confidence to advance your career or make life-changing decisions.
So what are the benefits of upskilling and continuous learning as an adult?
1. Personal development
Seeking to learn new skills and develop new ideas is a process of self-improvement. Learning can not only give you a clearer idea of who you are as a person and where your interests really lie, but can also add more dimensions to your character and help you reach your full potential.
2. Confidence booster
Learning is empowering. It gives you the chance to discover things you’re good at and expand your skills portfolio, thereby boosting your self-esteem and giving you a sense of pride from your achievements. Learning across your life span can enable you to make well-informed decisions, give you a better idea of what to do with your life and give you a sense of fulfilment. The social aspect of learning can also drive your confidence through the roof!
3. Improves well-being
It’s no secret that learning can drastically improve your quality of life; picking up new skills and developing new talents can widen your interests, give you a sense of purpose and fulfilment, protect against poor mental health and increase autonomy. Additionally, learning can add to your resume and make you more appealing to employers, which could bring economic benefits in the form of additional income.
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