By Larry K. Williams, TAG president and CEO
Next week, children across Georgia will be returning to school, ready to take their education to the next level. Yet, they are not the only ones who are learning new skills and gaining new knowledge. TAG is committed to raising awareness about the importance of lifelong learning for tech professionals throughout the state.
For several years, the goal for many people was to acquire as much formal education as possible early on in life, then reap the benefits for the rest of their careers. Today, our current labor landscape approaches learning in a much different way. It is now necessary for people to be able to acquire new skills and capabilities well past their secondary education, throughout their entire lives.
In the world of STEAM, the global workplace is changing on a daily basis. In recent years, the World Economic Forum found that 94% of business leaders expect employees to obtain new skills on the job. Companies are starting to recognize the importance of lifelong learning, and the demand for dynamic employees will only continue to increase.
To compete in today’s labor market, professionals must be self-directed learners who are dedicated to the continuous pursuit of knowledge. Continuous learning is essential to career advancement, especially in technology occupations where new tools and concepts are being introduced every day. And, whether working towards professional ambitions or pursuing personal interests and passions, lifelong learning can help every one of us feel satisfied and fulfilled.