While waiting for the summer and sun, a sure sign of spring is that we at Arcada have started planning the next graduation ceremony on 14 June 2017, when we will celebrate our new alumni having finished their studies. The new graduates begin a new phase of their lives in working life. Studies will have to wait for a bit, but we’re sure that the call of the classroom and further education will have them return at some point. Today you need to develop your competences, and to keep up you have to add new knowledge and skills throughout life. This goes for private life, but even more so for working life, no matter which field you are in. Employers also often encourage us to continue developing ourselves.
What happens when we learn something new? We grow and our views of the world change. When people gather for studies they carry with them their own interpretations of the world, their values and their knowledge into the situation. All of these can change during their studies, as we learn from and about others, about the world surrounding us and ourselves. It is also interesting to see how the role of the teachers is changing today, to become more of coaches.
To learn new things and to be curious about the world is something that we hopefully continue to do throughout life. We can learn in informal contexts, socially or more formally through courses and various forms of education.
As you can tell I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning; to grow through studies is the order of the day. And it’s also healthy and rewarding to participate in different networks, where you can get to know people and exchange thoughts and ideas – you will encounter new ways of seeing things and ideas where you least expect it. You might have the most inspiring and interesting experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
How do you feel about lifelong learning? Are there any themes that you’d like for us to take on at Arcada? Don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope that you will learn something new today – informally or formally!
Have a beautiful spring!
/Alumni Co-ordinator Mia